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The Most Amazing Texas Sheet Cake is light and fluffy with a deliciously decadent cooked frosting on top. Sprinkle on some chopped pecans or walnuts and you have a sheet cake that people will rave over!

Bird's eye of Texas Sheet Cake in a sheet pan.

After receiving an insane number of requests, we’ve taken our recipe for The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake and turned it into a Texas Sheet Cake that is absolute perfection. A simple cake batter is made using just one bowl which keeps things nice and easy on this cake. The real highlight of a Texas Sheet Cake is a cooked frosting that is poured over the cake while it is still warm. The cake is often finished off chopped nuts.

Can I make this in a 9×13 pan?

This recipe can be made in a 9×13 pan, however, it will require a longer baking time. A 9×13 cake generally takes 35-40 minutes to bake.

Nuts or no nuts? Do I have to put nuts on a Texas Sheet Cake?

Chopped pecans or walnuts are often spotted on a Texas Sheet Cake. They are completely optional, of course, especially if you are allergic. You can stir the nuts into the frosting itself before pouring it over the cake, or you can sprinkle them on top. It’s up to you!

Texas Sheet Cake mixture getting poured into the Pan

What size of a sheet cake pan do you use to make Texas Sheet Cake?

Sheet cakes are generally made in an 13×18-inch sheet pan that’s also known as a baker’s half sheet. These sheet pans are common household pans as they are the perfect size to fit into a regular standard size home oven.

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Slice of texas sheet cake getting pulled out of the pan by a spatula.
The Most Amazing Texas Sheet Cake is light and fluffy with a deliciously decadent cooked frosting on top. Sprinkle on some chopped pecans or walnuts and you have a sheet cake that people will rave over!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Ingredients

CAKE

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Instructions

FOR THE CAKE

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13x18 inch baking sheet.
  • In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add eggs, buttermilk, warm water, oil, and vanilla. Whisk until combined and batter is smooth. This should take just a couple of minutes. Pour batter into prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before frosting. 

FOR THE FROSTING

  • Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat. Whisk in cocoa powder, then pour in buttermilk. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. 
  • Once the mixture is simmering, remove from the heat and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour over cake to cover. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out and spread if needed. Sprinkle on chopped pecans. Let the cake and frosting cool completely before cutting and serving.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3.7mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Texas Sheet Cake
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Bitsy Anderson
May 4, 2020 1:28 pm

I used to make a chocolate sheet cake that looked like this, but I had to poke holes in the cake when done and pour the icing on while it was still warm . The icing would drip down into the cake and it was delish!!! Is this a takeoff on that cake? The icing was very thin.

Ken Collins
April 27, 2019 9:46 pm

Iwas born and raised in Texas. Lived here all my life. I’ve been eating Texas sheet cakes for over 50 years. Covered dish gatherings, church functions, family get togethers, etc. I consider myself an expert. And I thought I mage a mean Texas sheet cake untill I tried this recipe. This is damn good. This is perfect. It’s easy to make. It’s super moist. The icing melts in your mouth. My kids and grandkids all say its the best they’ve ever had. And they’ve had a bunch. Thank you Rachel for another great recipe. Just remember, if it’s a true… Read more »

Joy Walden
October 4, 2020 4:39 pm

this is the BEST cake ever…………always turns out great. You are an amazing and beautiful person. May God bless you and those you love!

Nichole
November 4, 2019 4:12 pm

5 stars
Just made this today and it is so good! Very easy and so delicious. I use powdered buttermilk and it works out great. My batter was thinner than yours looked and it took a little longer to bake. Love this recipe and would love some other flavor sheet cakes in the future.

Magelinde Macdonald
August 20, 2020 7:28 pm

Wow! this cake is truly amazing! The first time I made this is very delicious cake, very soft and moist. My husband couldn’t stop eating. I even shared it to my friend. Thanks for sharing your recipe and showing me how to make this cake in an easy way. Love it.

Donna
August 8, 2020 5:58 pm

Awesome recipe, so EASY and QUICK and of course a GREAT tasting cake… I’m a lazy, resistant baker so this recipe suits me down to the ground.

Wanda Cole
March 21, 2020 1:29 pm

5 stars
Easy and tasty.

December 9, 2019 1:10 pm

5 stars
So easy to make. With every bite we were saying yummy.

DorothyGilbert
October 10, 2020 6:30 pm

Thank you,I love this recipe. 💌

Beatrice
July 6, 2020 6:20 am

Amazing, I love it

Yvonne Rocque
July 6, 2020 3:53 am

Wow looks delicious.

Melanie
July 4, 2020 10:47 pm

4 stars
I tried this recipe today. It turned out great. The frosting is absolutely delicious!!

Cheryl A NunesKnittel
February 11, 2020 7:11 pm

Absolutely fabulous, delicious cake!

Jane voepel
July 6, 2020 12:43 pm

Much the same as my Texas Sheet cake.. which goes back 70 years maybe. It is very good!

myra
September 9, 2020 5:13 pm
Reply to  Jane voepel

What do you do differently?

Eliane
April 29, 2019 9:45 pm

5 stars
Amazing taste! This is the second recipe of yours that I try. I couldn’t stop saying yummy with each bite. Thank you for sharing it!

God bless you!

April 28, 2019 7:31 am

5 stars
Hey Rachel,
I’ve watched loads of your videos on YouTube- absolutely love them.
I was just wondering why you don’t have your Most Amazing Chocolate Cake recipe on your website anymore, as your Texas Sheet Cake recipe uses the same recipe, but just less of everything. Is it because it’s an older one?
I was just wondering i you could get it back on. No Pressure!!! 🙂

William Cook.

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