Texas Sheet Cake Recipe


When you need to feed a hungry crowd, make this Texas sheet cake. It's moist, delicious and full of chocolate goodness! Plus, since the cake is baked in a sheet pan, it's ready in less than 30 minutes. The frosting is also wonderfully unique; it's made on the stove top and poured on the cake while warm. Once cooled, it turns into a mouthwatering gooey frosting that pairs perfectly with chopped pecans. Read on to make this classic Texas sheet cake recipe.

Texas sheet cake recipe

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Chocolate Cake

Things You\’ll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Texas sheet cake ingredients


Be sure to use salted butter. The salt will help balance the sweetness of the cake.

Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking soda. Whisk well.

Mix dry ingredients

Step 2

In a pan or small pot over medium-low heat, add the butter, warm water and cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth and combined.

Melt butter and cocoa powder

Step 3

Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add wet ingredients to dry

Step 4

Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla.

Add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla

Mix well.

Stir the batter

Step 5

Grease or line a 12"x18" metal sheet pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan, spreading it out into an even layer.

Pour cake batter


Some people use 9"x13" or 10"x15" sheet pans to make this sheet cake. If you decide to use a smaller pan, be sure to increase the baking time by a few minutes.

Step 6

Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. While the cake is baking, make the frosting.

Bake the cake

Chocolate Frosting

Things You\’ll Need

  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Texas sheet cake frosting ingredients


It's said a true Texas sheet cake is made with pecans. However, some people like to use chopped walnuts instead.

Step 1

While the cake is baking, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the buttermilk and cocoa powder and mix until combined.

Melt butter and add cocoa

Step 2

While the pan is still on the stove top, slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Mix until combined and smooth.

Meanwhile, remove the cake from the oven. Let cool until it's warm but no longer hot.

Mix in powdered sugar

Step 3

Remove the warm frosting from the stove top. Spread it onto the cake and add the chopped pecans.

Add frosting and pecans

Once the cake completely cools, slice into squares and enjoy.

Slice Texas sheet cake

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