Texas Sheet Cake

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This easy to make Texas Sheet Cake recipe has a deep chocolate flavor thanks to the fudgy chocolate icing that is poured over the top soaking into the cake. This is the perfect cake for feeding a crowd!


The perfect chocolate sheet cake recipe for feeding a crowd or a larger family. This sheet cake bakes up fairly thin, but it packs a large chocolate flavor, plus the fudgy icing that is warmed and poured over the warm cake creates a moist, tenderness to the cake itself. This is one of those cake recipes that you want to save and always have on hand! Just like this Tres Leches Cake Recipe, Carrot Cake Cupcakes, and the Perfect Vanilla Cupcake.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Buttermilk: an easy substitute would be to use regular milk with a splash of vinegar or lemon juice added. See How To Make Homemade Buttermilk.
  • Coffee: this helps bring out the chocolate flavoring of the cake.
  • Cocoa: Use a Natural unsweetened cocoa powder, like the Hershey’s brand most often seen in the markets.
  • Flour: this recipe is tested using All Purpose Flour.

How to make (step-by-step):

  1. Step 1: Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, sugar and salt) and set the bowl aside.
  2. Step 2: Melt the butter in a medium size saucepan over low heat. Add in the coffee and cocoa powder. Stir this together until smooth and heated through. Bring this to a boil, then remove from the heat.
  1. Step 3: Pour the hot ingredients over the dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
  2. Step 4: Add in the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Then Pour this into a half sheet size baking sheet. Bake.
  1. Prepare the icing by melting butter in a medium size saucepan. Add in the cocoa, milk, vanilla and sifted powder sugar. Add a pinch of salt. Stir it all to combine.
  2. Pour the icing over the cake while the cake is still warm. Let it cool. Then enjoy!

Expert Tips:

  • Cinnamon: This is a common addition to this cake and complements the flavoring nicely! Just add about a teaspoon of cinnamon to your dry ingredients and also a bit to your icing if desired.
  • Pecans: Try adding some chopped up pecans to the icing if you’re feeling extra Texan that day.
  • Pour icing while cake is warm: this is crucial to ensure that the icing soaks into the cake nicely. The end result will be a rich, fudgy cake texture.

FAQS: Texas Sheet Cake:

Why is it called a Texas Sheet Cake?

The origins of the name of the cake are unknown, it’s possible the first appearance was in the state of Texas, or it could be simply due to the size of the cake itself. Either way, it’s a popular cake recipe that will serve a lot of people.

How many people will a Texas Sheet Cake serve?

This cake will comfortably feed 24. It really depends on how you slice the cake. It might seem like a lot of cake, but the jelly roll baking sheets are thin, so the end result is a thin cake, with a thin layer of fudge icing.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time? Can I freeze this cake?

This cake can be made completely and stored covered at room temperature for up to 5 days. The icing is meant to soak into the cake, it doesn’t get soggy as it sits.
If you’re wanting to freeze this cake, you can freeze the cake after it has been made and iced. Leave the cake in the baking sheet, let it cool completely. Then cover with plastic wrap, then a coating of foil. This can be frozen for up to a month. To use, remove from the freezer, unwrap, then let it thaw to room temperature.


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Recipe was first published on February 26, 2019. Updated on October 7, 2022 with new images and information. Recipe is unchanged.

Photography by the talented @ModernFarmhouseEats.