Texas Sheet Cake

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After this stunner of a cake, it’s time to relax a bit and make something simple yet perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon. A sheet cake, for example. And not just any sheet cake. Chocolate buttermilk sheet cake with chocolate buttermilk frosting.

Enter Texas sheet cake. One of my favorite chocolate cakes.  It is the sheet cake. Always sure to please, easy to make and the frosting is lick-the-bowl good! I skipped the nuts (hope you don’t mind) as I don’t really care for them in this dessert. Okay, I snack on them too fast to have any left for a cake. icon smile Texas Sheet Cake Can we still be friends?

Did I mention the chocolate? icon smile Texas Sheet Cake

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 I’ve always wanted to go to Texas and this is as far as I’ve gotten for now. Don’t feel sorry for me though. Any journey that includes chocolate is always a fun journey. This home baker doesn’t mind. Someday I will put my cowboy hat on and get my inner country girl out. icon smile Texas Sheet Cake Give me a lasso and back away! And if the cowboys and cowgirls laugh at my lousy roping, I’ll serve them this cake. And we will all be friends.

You can make great friends over a chocolate sheet cake. It’s a fact.

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Yields 1 15"x10" sheet cake, about 24 servings

Texas Sheet Cake

Classic dessert for a casual get together or to bring to a potluck. Recipe slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Bridal Edition Cookbook

20 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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    for the cake:
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 c granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 c + 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 c water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c buttermilk or sour milk (see note)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • for the frosting:
  • 1/4 c unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp buttermilk or sour milk (see note)
  • 2 to 2 1/4 c powdered sugar


  1. Grease a 15"x10" sheet pan. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and salt). Set aside.
  4. Place butter, cocoa powder and water in a medium saucepan and cook until starts to bubble. Stir constantly. Remove from the heat.
  5. Pour the cocoa butter mixture into a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, and mix on low speed for 2 to 3 minutes. It will be hot so be careful!
  6. Increase the speed to medium and add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla one at a time. Beat well after each addition. Beat the batter for about 1 minute. It will be thin.
  7. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
  8. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely in the pan.
  10. for the frosting:
  11. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients except vanilla and powdered sugar. Cook until it starts to boil. Remove from heat.
  12. Pour into a mixing bowl. Sift the powdered sugar over the cocoa butter mixture. With a whisk, whisk it in until smooth. Whisk in vanilla.
  13. Pour the frosting over cooled cake. Spread evenly. Let sit for at least 30 minutes until the frosting sets.


If using sour milk:place 1 Tbsp of white vinegar in a measuring cup and fill with enough milk to make 1 and 1/2 c. Stir few times and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes.


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So before I see the Lone Star state in person, I’ll enjoy the Texas sheet cake. As big as my sweet tooth. icon smile Texas Sheet Cake

Have a fabulous Sunday!




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  1. Denise Browning says

    Hi, Anna! This is my first time here. This cake is so popular here in Texas. I love it! Yours looks decadent and delicious. Great pictures as well!!!

  2. CrunchyCreamySw says

    Yay! I love this story, Paul! How sweet! Thank you so much for letting me know and for trying this recipe!

  3. Nancy says

    Anna, I love the light, delicate crumb of your cake! And that frosting is divine. It set so beautifully. You can never go wrong with a chocolate sheet cake. I hope you get to Texas soon but fully endorse using this cake as a substitute until then ;)

  4. Juli J says

    My Mother used to make this ages ago….her recipe was called Metrecal Cake. Metrecal was diet food product from the 60’s. And of course this cake was the antidote to dieters. Its a simple cake, easy and very tasty. The glossy top makes a great canvas for decorating. We still make it today. For the cocoa in cake, looks like a word is missing. Should be 1/3 cup. Be sure to try this

  5. says

    Texas sheet cake is a recipe that I keep running into, but never formally shakes my oven mitt (must be that Texan swagger!). :D This particular recipe looks scrumptious!!

    p.s. I don’t like nuts in my baked goods either – good to know I’m not alone.

  6. says

    Anna – it’s stunning! the cake..and that frosting. Like an ice skating rink that I want to play on! I never make sheet cakes due to size (don’t need it!) but this…I need!

    • CrunchyCreamySw says

      I love the frosting in this cake! Like I said, lick-the-bowl good :) Thanks, Averie!