Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 50 Mins
Makes 20 servings

Somehow, Texas claimed the sheet cake as its own in the mid-20th century, perhaps because of the pecans, an ingredient that grows in abundance throughout the Lone Star State. The defining element is its shape--and, of course, the icing, which has to be heated and poured on the warm, just-out-of-the-oven cake. The result is a rich, chocolaty treat that's iconic in Texas.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often. Remove from heat.

Step 2

Whisk together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add soft drink mixture, and whisk until blended. Whisk in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour batter into a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 17 1/2- x 12 1/2-inch sheet pan.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 18 to 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Step 4

Prepare Fudge Icing, and pour over warm cake. Sprinkle with pecans. Cool completely in pan (about 1 hour).

United Tastes of Texas by Jessica Dupuy, copyright 2015, Oxmoor House.

Ratings & Reviews

Great recipe

October 30, 2017
I made this with "cup for cup" gluten free flour.  It was perfect, so delicious.  Crowd of 15 and everyone loved it.

January 15, 2017
It does seem weird to boil the oil, Dr Pepper and cocoa? However, I guess that's what you're supposed to do. I also struggle with "the next 'x' ingredient instructions. Makes you have to check everything over and over!

Three stars due to inconsistency in written recipe and video.

April 14, 2018
I know that there are several variations to the "Texas Sheet Cake". I have my Grandmother's recipe that I use. If you are an experienced baker, you probably experiment with ingredients... (I do). The one thing that I have to say about this recipe posting is that the video does not match the ingredients listed in the recipe I.E. video uses butter, cinnamon, milk, no Dr. Pepper.  This can certainly be a problem for anyone not accustomed to how to substitute or be creative when baking. Other than that, the recipe sounds like it should produce a good tasting cake. It is the inconsistency of the recipe & video that I rate 3 stars.

Preparation is confusing.

January 28, 2016
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil? They must be out of order. Should name them. Went to bake it tonight, but didn't because not sure about directions.

Absolutely LOVE this cake!!

February 23, 2016
This cake was so easy to make! The oil makes the cake itself super moist and the icing is amazing! We made it for Super Bowl Sunday and it was an instant hit. It is now my go-to cake for events. It is definitely a lot of cake and goes a long way for large parties. Highly recommend!  


September 02, 2016
In made this a dozen times and there is never a crumb left!