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Texas Sheet Cake

(7 Votes)
SERVES
28
COOK TIME
30 Min

They say "everything in Texas is bigger than life," and that goes for our easy recipe for Texas Sheet Cake! This crowd-sized sheet cake will delight chocolate lovers, and definitely take the cake!

What You'll Need:
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine 2 sticks butter, water, and 1/4 cup cocoa powder; cook until butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl to cool. Add flour, granulated sugar, eggs, sour cream, baking soda and salt; beat until well combined then pour into a 10- x 15-inch rimmed baking sheet.
     
  3. Bake 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean; set aside to cool.
     
  4. In a small saucepan over low heat, make frosting by melting the 1/4 cup butter with milk and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Frost cooled cake.
Note
  • If you want to fancy this up a bit, sprinkle with broken-up pieces of your favorite chocolate candy bar or Texas-sized whole shelled walnuts!
     
  • Not feeling this chocolate version? Don't worry—we've got a white cake version too with our White Texas Sheet Cake.

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My whole family enjoyed this and I will do this again.

What is a stick of butter please tell me in grams

One stick of butter is equal to 113 grams.

An oldie but goodie!!!! :)

This is the absolute favorite in my family. I started making this recipe about 30 years ago and it is still the "Go To" recipe for any family special occasion. Just love it. The best is you can make the batter in a large pot on the stove, pour it into the cake pan, wash the pot and then make the icing in the same pan. Love only 1 pan to wash. We have to add pecans in the icing - makes it even more special and delicious!

that sounds good

I put pecans and mini marshmallows on the cake right before frosting it. Make sure you cover them all and it looks nice and bumpy. Kind of a rocky road frosting. YUM!

sounds great.but i am looking for a texas sheet cake recipes that calls for coffee in it,help

My recipe is almost identical to Mr. Food's except I use cold, strong brewed coffee instead of water, and buttermilk instead of sour cream. Also, my frosting calls for 1 stick (1/2 C.) butter + 1 t. vanilla. Enjoy!

I put the mixture in a 10x15 rimmed pan and it ran over, I think the 11x17 would of been a better choice.

We pour the frosting over this cake straight out of the oven. Stays moist forever! My mom started making this when i was little. It's great. Carol B

My family has been making the texas sheet cake for over 40 years an we love it! Adding the cocoa makes it a real chocolate cake!! I also make peanut butter sheet cake an it has become a favorite!! I love Mr Food website an for me is a go-2 when I need a good recipe!

How do you make your peanut butter frosting? I have lost my recipe and so love the warm peanut butter frosting.

I have made this recipe forever - the only chocolate cake recipe I make at the request of many in my family.

It really looks good well have to make it. xyooper97@gmail.com

The chocolate is not listed, however it shows in the narrative that you use the remaining chocolate.

If you look at the ingredients list it shows 1/4 cup...PLUS 2 tablespoons cocoa powder. That's where the "remaining cocoa" comes from.

picture shows chocolate cake and chocolate frosting, but the recipe does not mention chocolate in the frosting.......whats up????

Cocoa powder; It goes in the cake and also in the Frosting :-)

I have been making this cake, since I'm from Texas, for over 40 years now and it is ALWAYS a big hit. We love it! Texans like pecans better in the frosting. Sheila's mom is right!

My mom has been baking this cake for years, and she puts pecans in the frosting. and.... "ooh it's so good!!"

Been making this for years, and I also add cinnamon and pour the frosting on the hot cake. This can also be baked in a 9x13 pan. It's incredible.

I have made this cake since the early 70's. I add 1 tsp. each of cinnamon and vanilla to the cake batter. When the cake is baked, I cover the top with miniature marchmallows and return it to the oven just long enough to soften the marshmallows. You do not need to spread them. Pour the icing over the marshmallows on the hot cake and top with chopped walnuts right away. I call this Rocky Road Texas Sheet cake. People love it!!

I have been making this for many many years but I always put the icing on while the cake is hot, really yummy

I've made this for a number of years but with two addition. My recipe calls for 1T cinnamon in the cake mix. The frosting is made with butter, powered sugar and coffee. Yummy

Can i substitute butter for margarine. I don't like that plastic stuff. Would a stick of butter be a good substitute?

I have been making the Texas Cake for over 40 years and it's always a hit. I make the entire cake in the sauce pan, removing it from the stove when the butter and cocoa are melted and mixing in the remaining ingredients by hand. It's that easy. While the cake is baking, I mix the frosting using 1 stick of butter and liquid coffee instead of milk. When the cake is done, cool slightly and pour frosting on the cake. It comes out like fudge. There's never enough!

I have never made this using the coffee, is it a really strong coffee taste...or just a smidgen?? thanks,

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