Becky Luigart-Stayner
20 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Light and fluffy yet rich and moist, Texas sheet cake is one of our favorite chocolate desserts.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

To prepare the cake, coat a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray, and dust with 2 teaspoons flour. Set prepared pan aside.

Step 3

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour and next 4 ingredients (2 cups flour through salt) in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Combine water, 1/2 cup butter, and 1/4 cup cocoa in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; pour into flour mixture. Beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs; beat well. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake at 375° for 17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack.

Step 4

To prepare the icing, combine 6 tablespoons butter, milk, and 1/4 cup cocoa in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and gradually stir in powdered sugar, pecans, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Spread over hot cake. Cool completely on wire rack.

Step 5

Note: You can also make this recipe in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake at 375º for 22 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

dbspeanut's Review

March 25, 2011

June 21, 2016
Yes, part of my family doe's not like nuts so I put half and half on top!   Good with are without!

September 17, 2015
Omg read that it said jelly roll pan..... DUH.

June 21, 2016
Don't cook it as long!  I've been baking this for 40yrs!  Never do I cook cakes as long as it says! I do not use cinnamon.

question......looks great

May 10, 2016
Can you use a box cake mix for this and just make the frosting to pour on when it comes out of the oven?  Just curious!

pkh1210's Review

July 24, 2013

eugenia8's Review

September 28, 2012
This cake was a big hit every time I made it. It is moist, overall not very sweet and has a nice texture that envites you to want a second bite. To enhance the chocolate flavor I added one tables spoon of soluble coffe.

daneanp's Review

September 24, 2012
I've made this many times and it is always a crowd pleaser. I use a 9x11 pan and baking time is closer to 35 minutes for me. Love that you don't have to wait for the cake to cool before icing.

rstarrlemaitre's Review

July 19, 2012
Moist and very sweet - almost a little too much for me, and nearly more like a brownie than a cake. I liked the icing, but think I'd prefer this with fluffy chocolate frosting instead. I also would use even more cinnamon (contrary to other raters!) and perhaps cinnamon extract in the icing instead of vanilla extract.

Tumbles's Review

May 25, 2011
Texan here. If you are familiar with the classic version of Texas sheet Cake (made famous by Ladybird Johnson) you will flip over this. It is fantastic! I have made it so many times I can do it without the recipe. I have never had a problem with it needing more baking time like another reviewer said. Also, to be traditional, it needs the addition of cinnamon (think Mexican chocolate). I always toast pecans and sprinkle them on after the frosting goes on, it looks prettier. Easy and fool proof when you need to feed a crowd.