Texas Sheet Cake

When I was little, my mom would make this cake and I would go crazy over it. Anything chocolate is a winner with me, but this cake in particular was amazing!

A few weekends ago, my neighborhood had a party and I wanted to bring a dessert. Since this makes an entire cookie sheet worth of cake, I knew this was just the thing to bring. Plus, living in Texas, I got extra points for bringing the TEXAS sheet cake, right? Haha!

My hubby had never tried this cake before and after he had his first piece, he went back for seconds and declared this his new favorite cake! WOW, I did not expect that, but I took it! It was definitely a hit with the neighbors and after everyone had a piece, we still got to bring half the cake home!! Score!!

Moist cake, chocolate fudge frosting with a slight crunch from the pecans. Definitely a great sweet treat to try!

Texas Sheet Cake



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 3/4 sticks butter
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar



  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter and add in the cocoa powder.
  3. Stir in the boiling water, allowing mixture to boil for about 30 seconds before removing from heat.
  4. Pour over flour mixture and stir lightly.
  5. In a small bowl, add the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.
  6. Stir until combined.
  7. Pour into chocolate/flour mixture and stir until combined.
  8. Pour batter into cookie sheet (use an 18 x 13 to avoid spillage).
  9. Bake cake in preheated oven, 350, for about 19-21 minutes.
  10. While cake is baking, make frosting by melting butter in a saucepan.
  11. Add cocoa powder and stir until combined.
  12. Remove from heat and add in the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
  13. Add in the pecans.
  14. Pour frosting over the warm cake once cake is removed from oven.
  15. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes prior to cutting into squares!
  16. Enjoy!

Texas Sheet Cake

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  1. Nealla says:

    I just add the dry ingredients to my boiling mixture in the saucepan (turn off heat/flame). Whisk together, add eggs and buttermilk, whisk again and pour into baking pan…..one less dish to wash. I think that replacing the buttermilk with sour cream makes the cake more moist. Been making this recipe for 35 years…..my favorite!

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