Texas Sheet Cake

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

Texas Sheet Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


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

50 Responses to “Texas Sheet Cake”

  1. 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!!


  2. 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!!


  3. 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! :)


  4. Sweetsugarbelle — August 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

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


  5. 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.


  6. 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!!


  7. 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!


  8. 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.


  9. 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 :)


  10. 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


  11. 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!!!!


  12. 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!


  13. 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! :-)


  14. TidyMom — August 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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


  15. Dina — August 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    sounds like a yummy classic!


  16. Emily — August 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    This is my kind of cake! :)


  17. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — August 21, 2013 at 3:09 am

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


  18. 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!


  19. stephchows — August 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

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


    • Jamie — August 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you so much! Have a lovely day!


  20. 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.


    • Jamie — August 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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


  21. 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. =)


  22. Renee @ Awesome on $20 — August 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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


    • Jamie — August 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm


      Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day!


  23. 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?


    • 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

  24. 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


    • Jamie — September 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm

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


  25. 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!


    • 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!


  26. 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.


    • Jamie — September 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm


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


  27. 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.


    • baljot — January 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm

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

  28. 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!


  29. 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.


  30. 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.


  31. 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.


  32. Brenda Hicks — May 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    It is important that it says to stir in the buttermilk. If you are real gung-ho and whisk it to death like a normal cake the reaction between the buttermilk and baking soda will be damaged and your cake will be too heavy. If you are lazy, and just stir in the buttermilk, it comes out great.

    I also use the frosting by itself
    to make quick fudge – wow! People love it all by itself.


  33. Cris — July 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Jamie, I’m from Brazil, and we don’t have buttermilk to buy over here, can I replace it with just milk? Or something else??


  34. jennifer — March 8, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    close but without the cinnamon and pecans it just isn’t a Texas sheet cake….and if you really want to make it a cake you will never forget use Mexican Vanilla – it sets the chocolate off like you would never believe.


    • Jamie — March 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks for visiting.


  35. vanessa — March 10, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    What size of sheet cake pan do I need?


    • Jamie — March 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

      I used an 18 X 13 sheet cake pan. I hope this helps.


  36. Donna — March 30, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I made this cake for the first time and completely  forgot to add the eggs and thank goodness it still turned out amazing. Next time i will try and not let the kids distract me. If you only want to have a small piece  of cake then this isnt the cake for you..its totally addicting.  Thank you for sharing.


    • Jamie — March 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      You’re welcome, Donna! And cake makes a very good distraction as far as kids are concerned! ;)

  37. Michelle — July 17, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Will this keep at room temp for a day before serving?


    • Jamie — July 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      I think it should be just fine, Michelle. Let me know how you like it!

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