Texas Sheet Cake

by Jamie on August 19, 2013

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One of the most amazing things about blogging is the incredible friendships that you build along the way. And today, a group of bloggers have come together to celebrate one those incredible friends – Amber of Bluebonnets & Brownies. Since we’re all strewn across the country, we decided to throw Amber a baby shower – blogger style!

I first met Amber over 3 years ago on Twitter – she put her computer whiz skills to work by helping me create custom table markers for an event I was assisting with. I quickly realized that Amber and I were basically separated at birth. Meeting in person at BlogHer Food in San Francisco pretty much sealed the deal.


Amber is kind, witty, hilarious and incredibly real – her husband, James, The Brit – is the icing on the cake. There is no doubt in my that they are going to be the best parents on the planet. Seriously, Evan is one lucky baby!

To celebrate Baby Evan, I made a cake – Texas style. I’ve never baked Texas Sheet Cake before, but it sounded like a winner. And the enormous size makes it perfect for any type of party – including Texas themed baby showers!

Amber and James I don’t think words could ever express how happy and excited I am for both of you. I cannot wait to meet to your little guy this Fall.


Keep the Celebration Going!

Sugarcrafter | Breakfast Tostadas
My Kitchen Addiction | Baby Texan Cookies
My Baking Addiction | Texas Sheet Cake
Simple Bites | Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa
Stetted | Queso Mac
Food for My Family | Texas Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Dessert For Two | Frito Chocolate Chip Cookies
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Coconut Tres Leches Layer Cake
TidyMom | Pizza Bread Sticks
Miss in the Kitchen | Blackberry Milkshakes
Art of Gluten Free Baking | Peach-Pecan Pie, Gluten-Free
Bon Appetit Hon | Cheddar Ranch Crackers
Food Babbles | Southern Pecan Pie
Jelly Toast | Peach Iced Tea
Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle | Decorated Elephant Cookies
i am baker | Texas Brownie Cake The Kitchen Trials | Coca-Cola Cake
Cookies & Cups | Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies
A Farmgirl’s Dabbles | Peanut Butter Bonbons the Size of Texas
Steph Chows | Fiesta Dip

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Texas Sheet Cake

August 19th, 2013

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time:


For the Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter
4 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Frosting

1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter
4 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound (minus 1/2 cup) confectioners' sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 18x13 sheet cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.

3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Once the butter is melted, whisk in cocoa powder until thoroughly combined. Add boiling water and turn up the heat to medium. Allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds and immediately turn off the heat. Pour the cocoa/butter mixture over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared sheet cake pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.

5. While cake is baking, make the frosting. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Once the butter is melted, whisk in cocoa powder until thoroughly combined. Add milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar whisking until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Pour over warm cake using an offset spatula to spread the frosting all over the cake.

Recipe slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Cookbook Queen August 19, 2013 at 10:22 am

I LOVE Texas Sheet cake — it’s seriously one of my favorites. Jon David requests it every Thanksgiving instead of pie. Can’t wait to try your version!!


avatar Tracy August 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

Your cake looks incredible, Jamie! A must-try for sure, and perfect for Amber’s shower. Yum!!


avatar Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

Can you believe I have never made Texas sheet cake before? I need to change that very soon. This looks amazing. And, perfect for a baby shower… Love it! :)


avatar Sweetsugarbelle August 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

Texas sheet cake is my FAVE!!! Then again, I may be partial!


Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies August 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

Jamie, I know we don’t ever get sappy, but you must know how much you mean to me by now. I can’t imagine a day without a text or call from you, and honestly, I don’t want to. You’ve kept me sane through many a crazy moment, and I hope I’ve done the same for you. I can’t wait for Evan to meet his Aunt Jamie, and for our plans of annual Disney trips to become a reality. Thank you for celebrating him with one of my favorite cakes in the entire world. I love you to the ends of the earth, girl.


avatar Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen August 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Texas sheet cake is one of my all time favorite desserts and so wonderful for Amber’s Baby Shower!!


avatar Emily @ Life on Food August 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I love these virtual celebrations! The more opportunity to celebrate the better. Happy Baby Shower!


avatar Kate | Food Babbles August 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Amber truly is such an incredible person. I’m so happy we could all come together to surprise her and cook for her. Your cake looks amazing! So decadent and perfect for celebrating Amber and little EJ.


avatar DessertForTwo August 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

This looks SO good! I could never make Texas Chocolate sheet cake as photogenic as you did! I’m drooling :)


avatar Aimee Wimbush-Bourque August 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Everything you said about Amber is bang on. I’ve hardly laughed so hard as when I’m with her. We need a reunion!

Thanks for organizing this sweet shower. It shows how much you do care. <3


avatar Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles August 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I love a big chocolate sheet cake, this looks so very good! YAY for Amber!!!!


avatar Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking August 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

You guys are so sweet and your cake is lovely! I’ve never made Texas sheet cake before either and I’m beginning to wonder why that is? Fortunately this is a problem that I will be happy to fix!


avatar Marie August 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

I took a cooking class in high school and we made Texas Sheet Cake. I remember that we added some cinnamon to the icing – try it! It gives it just an extra little zest! :-)


avatar TidyMom August 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Nothing beats a big ole Texas sheet cake!! I haven’t made one in years!


avatar Dina August 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

sounds like a yummy classic!


Emily August 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

This is my kind of cake! :)


avatar Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 21, 2013 at 3:09 am

Without Texas sheet cake I would be a size 2. I love this!


avatar Jeanne August 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Perfect! This is just perfect! Texas Sheet Cake is one of my all time favorite cakes. Yum! And thank you so much for helping to organize this virtual baby shower. I am just thrilled to be celebrating Amber, James, and their new Evan-to-be! Yay!


avatar stephchows August 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Totally the perfect thing to bring to the party! It looks so ewwy gooey good!!


avatar Jamie August 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Thank you so much! Have a lovely day!



avatar Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon August 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I just made this a week or so ago. I was shocked that my sister had never heard of it. How did that happen? Your photos are wonderful.


avatar Jamie August 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Thanks so much! Have a great day and thank you for following MBA!



avatar Steff @ The Kitchen Trials August 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Texas Sheet Cake – one of our finest exports to the rest of the country. Even if most folks don’t always get what it is we’re talking about until after they’ve had that first bite. =)


avatar Renee @ Awesome on $20 August 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

This cake looks beautiful. It must be great to have such wonderful friends.


avatar Jamie August 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm


Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day!



avatar Amrita August 25, 2013 at 4:13 am

Hi! I’m forever looking for chocolate cake recipes and this one looks amazing! I was wondering if the recipe would work if I wanted to bake it into cupcakes? I’ll have to adjust the cook-time, yes?


avatar Jamie September 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Hi Amrita,
Yes, you’d need to adjust the cooktime. Typically, cupcakes take 18-22 minutes. Just make sure to check them with a toothpick in the middle for doneness.
- Jamie


avatar Lil September 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

This cake looks so good, but can you tell what a stick of butter weighs please xx


avatar Jamie September 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm

A stick of butter weighs 4 ounces or 113 grams. Have a fantastic day!



avatar kelley September 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

My Mom’s been making a very similar version of this for years. Im so glad you posted this for us all to enjoy! Down here in Texas, we add a little cinnamon and some chopped PE-cans to the icing for a lil TexMex flavor. YUMMY!


avatar Jamie September 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm


Yum, I love cinnamon and chocolate together! I’ll definitely have to give that a shot! Have a lovely day and thank you for following MBA!



avatar Beth R September 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I made this cake years ago but I remember it with pecans in the frosting, and it was very yummy. I will try it again using this version, as Im pretty sure I lost the first recipe I had.


avatar Jamie September 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm


Please stop back and let us know your experience with the recipe! Have a fantastic day!



avatar rebecca September 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I make this, but add almond extract to the cake and icing too. I second the comment about pecans in the icing..they’re necessary. Make sure to roast the pecans first.


avatar baljot January 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm

i was wondering how much almond extract did you add in the cake and icing? thanks


avatar Tina September 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I love this sheet cake! Try adding 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to cake batter. It adds a whole different layer of flavor!


avatar Carolyn September 13, 2013 at 5:39 am

This is one of my favorite cakes to make (and eat!).. Great to take to parties or other gathering. And so quick and easy. BUT my recipe is a little different! Same concept, just different quantities of ingredients. Maybe I’ll try this one.


avatar Elina September 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I finally made this sheet cake after seeing all the rave reviews. Frankly, I was disappointed, even though I love chocolaty things. I thought “this is what all the fuss is about” ??? My guests’ children really liked it, but it was definitely not something I would make again, unless it was for a children’s party or gathering. It was too sweet and quite boring. Really reminded me of cake from mix.


avatar Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity September 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Texas Sheet Cake is a staple dessert in my house for desserts. They are quick to make and are always a huge hit. The only down side though is they are big and addicting which means each time I make it I gain a few more pounds.


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