Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe
Photo: Julie Bidwell; Styling: Stephanie Hanes


Ideal for parties or cookie exchanges, rich Texas Sheet Cake, from reader Debbie Benjamin, makes enough to go around.


Yields: 24 pieces

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Bake: 22 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 328
Fat 17 g
Satfat 9 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 46 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 48 mg
Sodium 113 mg


24 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound confectioners' sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts


1.Preheat oven to 375°F. Mist a 15-by-11-inch sheet pan with cooking spray. Combine 16 Tbsp. butter, 5 Tbsp. cocoa and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring. Remove from heat.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in cocoa mixture, then sour cream and eggs. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake until a skewer comes out clean, about 22 minutes.

3. To make icing, combine 8 Tbsp. butter, milk and 1/4 cup cocoa in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Gradually whisk in confectioners' sugar.

4. Smooth icing onto hot cake; sprinkle with nuts. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 24 pieces and serve, or chill in an airtight container.

Debbie Benjamin, Carrboro, N.C.,

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December 2013
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