BRING BACK MEMORIES OF YOUR CHILDHOOD! This classic Texas sheet cake has been apart of our family gatherings for years.  I don’t know why I’ve never made it.  Melt in your mouth good with just the right amount of chocolate this cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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This Classic Texas Sheet Cake travels very well.  I take it all the time to social events and picnics.

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Classic Texas Sheet Cake

Preparation 30 minutes 2017-10-18T00:30:00+00:00 Cook Time 23 minutes 2017-10-18T00:23:00+00:00 Serves 20 Squares     adjust servings

Easy to make and loved by all.


For the Cake

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar (4-1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


    For the Cake:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a medium saucepan combine the butter, water and cocoa over medium heat; heat until butter melts.
    3. In a medium bowl add the sugar, flour, salt and baking soda.
    4. Mix to combine.
    5. In a 1 cup measuring cup add the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.
    6. Mix with a fork to combine; add to the flour mixture.
    7. Pour flour mixture into the heated chocolate mixture.
    8. Using an hand held mixer, mix until smooth.
    9. Pour into a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan.
    10. Bake 20 to 23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    11. Frost while still hot.

    For the Frosting:

    1. In a medium saucepan combine the butter, cocoa and milk.
    2. Bring to a simmer.
    3. Take off of the heat.
    4. Add confectioner's sugar and vanilla mix well with a hand held mixer.
    5. Stir in walnuts.
    6. Pour over the cake.
    7. Spread to cover the hot cake.

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    Classic Texas Sheet Cake — 25 Comments

    1. This cake looks DIVINE!!! Anything with chocolate and buttermilk HAS to be good. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Yes it is a classic but one I have never made before. Thank you for sharing.

      Carolyn/A Southerner’s Notebook

    2. OMG! (I never say OMG, btw.) This is my grndmother’s recipe! Are we related?! I’ve been making this cake for 25 years, and my mom made it for me as a kid. Somewhere along the line we started making it in a regular cake pan. We use buttermilk in the frosting instead of milk. Makes a dense, moist cake with thick, fudgy buttermilk frosting. The original recipe calls for a jelly roll pan, like yours. Baking time might need adjusting, depending on what pan you use.

      • Hi Erin, Sure you can substitute milk for the buttermilk. Did you know if you add a little lemon juice to milk it will sour and become a homemade version of buttermilk? 🙂

    3. I just made this recipe this evening!! It turned out perfect! I have never made Texas Sheet Cake, but my Mom made it once in a blue moon as a kid. Delicious!!

    4. I have had this cake before. The very BEST chocolate cake I have had in my life, was this very cake!However, the last time I had it, the frosting was not as dense…it was more on the fluffy side. Both ways were very good. Good enough for me to go by the ingredients i don’t have on hand, to make this cake this weekend! Thanks for sharing. great with pecans mixed in the icing as well!!!!

    5. I have made a similar version of this cake for years, only mine is called Texas Brownie. I bake mine in a 1013 cake pan so it’s a little more like a cake (thickness). Never made it with buttermik before but where the recipes are almost identical…I’ll surely use it next time . It will make it lighter and more moist! Thanks for sharing this awesome “yummy”.

    6. I have made this recipe many times. I have also tried other Texas sheet cake recipes. This recipe always turns out better than the others I have tried. I follow directions exactly and the results are fabulous.

    7. Finally!!! Looks like my Granny’s recipe that I lost (im so ashamed of myself) & have been searching the internet to find something similar. This looks like it, YAY!

      • Hi Judy, If you want the cake to come out clean then yes you should use some form of oil. Non stick cooking spray is the easiest solution.

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