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Texas Sheet Cake ~ oh my!

I have never been to Texas but any location that has a huge chocolate dreamy cake named after it...well, put that on my list of Places to Go! When I was a teenager the baking bug bit me.  My mom, who I adored, hated messes.  Anything that even slightly resembled disorder was banned from our home.  The only time I could bake or cook was if mom was preoccupied with a life crisis....and sad to say, being a teen {I'll just blame it on my age} I took advantage of those to the fullest and tore the kitchen apart...putting it back together before mom came back home.  One time I made a Texas Sheet Cake.  I think I got the recipe out of Teen Magazine {I just got rid of all of my old copies of Teen and Seventeen a few years ago...now I'm kicking myself for doing that...darn my small house ~ I mean can't all of the kids share one room so I can have a room totally dedicated to all of my old magazines????}.  I didn't make the cake again since then but a few weeks ago I needed a dessert that would serve a large crowd...about 20 and could be easily transported to the location of the get together.  I waned nostalgic and remembered the Texas Sheet Cake of my youth.....so here is the recipe...enjoy!

Texas Sheet Cake

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  • Cake
  • • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • • 2 cups sugar
  • • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • • 1 cup butter
  • • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • • 2 eggs
  • • ½ cup buttermilk or slightly less than ½ cup of milk mixed with ½ tablespoon of vinegar {let stand for 10 minutes}
  • • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla


  • 1-¾ stick Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons heaping Cocoa
  • 6 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar


  • Grease and flour a 15X10X1-inch or jelly roll pan {I used a cookie sheet with sides}, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup butter, ⅓ cup cocoa, and 1 cup of water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • With an electric hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat chocolate mixture into the dry mixture until thoroughly blended. Add eggs, ½ cup of buttermilk, and 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla. Beat for 1 minute (batter will be thin). Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake in a 350° oven about 22 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Pour warm chocolate frosting over the warm cake, spreading evenly. Place cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly before cutting.
  • Makes 24 servings.

Frosting: Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir together and remove from heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together and pour over warm cake.

    Author: Mary Beth

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    1. YAY! I've been hoping to find this recipe again. I could not think of the name. Thank you! I found your blog through the Free Pretty Things for You link party.

      Have a great day!

    2. Pianolady32 says:

      This sounds really yummy! I'm going to share this in our culinary arts group on fb. 🙂 I also shared it on my wall... LOL

    3. Julia Stansel says:

      You my friend are heaven sent! This recipe is just what I needed today! I have had that kind of week and this looks like soul cleansing, warm hearted hugs, feel good all over comfort food to me! Of my 4 kids, 3 just happened to be born in Texas! Thank you so much for sharing and may God bless you richly!

    4. Ann @ Housefinally blogspot says:

      YUM! I love it because those are ingredients that are always on hand in here. I'm going ot make it NOW! Thanks for sharing!!

    5. Ann @ Housefinally blogspot says:

      Don't know if my last comment came through. Thanks this is great I have all of the ingredients in my pantry so I'm going to make it NOW!

    6. Debra Kapellakis says:

      I remember this cake from High school. It was the first cake I ever baked.

    7. They made some of this at the Prairie Sisters Party and I loved it--I am going to try to make a gluten free version of it. Thanks for sharing!

    8. yeehaw! that texas sheet cake looks delish! xoxoxo

    9. Chocolate is my best friend and I love this! Thanks for linking up!
      Stacey of Embracing Change

    10. Anne @ GreenEggs&Moms says:

      I saw your blog from the adorable support forum and WOW. I was looking around and these recipes look absolutely great.

      I'm a huge dessert fan so I am bookmarking this now! (And just when I decide to go on a diet, I see this blog of yours haha)