Texas Sheet Cake recipe

Texas Sheet Cake - a classic chocolate cake with buttermilk frosting. Super easy cake to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate sheet cake, Texas sheet cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 758 kcal
Author Anna


!for the cake:

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup 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
  • 2.25 c powdered sugar
US Customary - Metric


  1. Grease a 15"x10" sheet pan. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and salt). Set aside.
  3. Place butter, cocoa powder and water in a medium saucepan and cook until starts to bubble. Stir constantly. Remove from the heat.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely in the pan.
  9. !for the frosting:
  10. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients except vanilla and powdered sugar. Cook until it starts to boil. Remove from heat.
  11. 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.
  12. Pour the frosting over cooled cake. Spread evenly. Let sit for at least 30 minutes until the frosting sets.
Nutrition Facts
Texas Sheet Cake recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 758 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 276mg12%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 113g38%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 85g94%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 980IU20%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.