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!

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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.

    As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

    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)