You don’t have to be from the South to enjoy this decadent Texas Sheet Cake Recipe. Not only is this cake so easy to make but it is the best chocolate cake. Plus, that icing just melts in your mouth.

Close up image of a slice of Texas Sheet Cake on a white plate.
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Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Growing up, we always had Texas Sheet Cake Recipe at every holiday and family get together. Everyone always looked forward to this chocolate flavor cake and for good reason! It is the absolute best cake ever!

It doesn’t matter if you have never made a cake and icing from scratch before because this recipe is super easy. You are going to love this cake and any of our Texas Desserts.

Close up image of a slice of Texas Sheet Cake on a white plate.

Why is it called Texas sheet cake?

The cake is larger than most as it uses a large sheet cake. Many believe this is why it is called Texas sheet cake because of the large size.

It can also be said that the chocolate cake and chocolate icing that combine to make a decadent cake is another reason for the name. Everything is bigger in Texas and this cake is amazing. It is definitely a treat and not the first bit healthy.

It is so amazing and totally worth every bite.

What makes Texas Sheet Cake different?

The biggest reason why the Texas Sheet Cake is different than other cake is how easy it is to put together. Instead of having to melt butter and the chocolate in separate bowels you can mix everything in one large mixing bowl or sauce pan.

That is why I love making this sheet cake it has easy ingredients, easy process and easy cleanup. Plus it taste amazing.

What size pan do you use for a sheet cake?

This recipe uses a 10×15 baking sheet or jelly roll pan. Some people use a 9×13 pan but the cake will be thicker and not have the traditional Texas Sheet Cake look.

You can also use a bakers half sheet which is a 18×13.

Close up image of a slice of Texas Sheet Cake on a white plate.

Let’s make Texas sheet cake!

This is super easy and so delicious. I guarantee this cake will become a family favorite. Friends and family will go crazy over this.

Close up image of a slice of Texas Sheet Cake on a white plate.

Ingredients for Texas cake:

  • All-purpose Flour
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • White Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Sour Cream
  • Eggs
  • Butter 

Ingredients for Texas Cake Frosting:

  • Milk
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chopped Walnuts – This is optional. You can also use chopped pecans.

This all comes together for the best cake and icing. Each bite just melts in your mouth and is so delicious.

Close up image of Texas Sheet Cake on a white plate.

How to make Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe:

  • First, go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour a 10×15 inch pan or whatever size pan that you are using.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  • Beat in the sour cream and eggs into the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring butter and cocoa to a boil over medium heat then remove from heat.
  • Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the flour mixture, mixing until blended.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake this cake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

It’s time to make the icing for Chocolate Sheet Cake:

  • In a large saucepan, combine the milk,  cocoa and ½ cup of butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
  • Stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended.
  • Spread frosting over warm cake
Close up image of Texas Sheet Cake on a white plate.

Should Texas sheet cake refrigerated?

You can leave the cake out as long as it is wrapped properly. It should keep up to 5 days. If you refrigerate the cake, let it sit at room temperature before serving for best taste.

How do you store a Texas sheet cake?

The size of the cake and the icing limits storage options.  I find it easiest to cover with plastic wrap on the baking sheet and then cut and serve when you are ready to enjoy.

Also see How Long Does Birthday Cake Last.

What is the difference between Sheet Cake and Regular Cake?

The biggest difference is the pan size you use. A sheet cake is made in a sheet pans, which is a usually referred to as a jelly roll pan.

A regular cake pan is normally in the size of a 9 x 13 pan. If you are layering the cake you would bake in two round cake pans.

Close up image of a slice of texas sheet cake on a white plate.

Do you have to add the nuts?

We love the cake with nuts and you can use walnuts or pecans. They both are fabulous. If you don’t care for nuts, just leave them out and the cake will still be amazing. It is the best cake and we just love it.

It is very simple to make this your own. I have even did half and half. We have some people in the family that do not care for nuts.

You can do one side without nuts and one side with. Everyone wins and it is still so easy to make.

You definitely want to try this amazing cake today! I am still amazed at just how simple it is to make a cake from scratch that tastes this delicious. Yum!

My kids call these texas sheet cake brownies!

The decadent chocolate and icing remind everyone of brownies. You can cut these in smaller pieces that are more the size of brownies for the perfect treat.

Whatever you decide to call them, they are going to be a huge hit!

Try Texas chocolate sheet cake recipe today for a special treat!

You are going to love how easy and delicious it is. Plus, it is not hard at all to make. It really is quite simple to make this cake from scratch and the taste can’t be beat.

Make it today just because or for the next birthday or gathering. I promise it will be amazing!

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Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

4.86 from 7 votes
You don't have to be from the South to enjoy this decadent Texas Sheet Cake Recipe. The cake is so moist and the icing just melts in your mouth.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 672

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10×15 inch pan.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture, mixing until blended.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • For the icing: In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and ½ cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over warm cake.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 672kcal, Carbohydrates 94g, Protein 6g, Fat 33g, Saturated Fat 17g, Cholesterol 94mg, Sodium 416mg, Potassium 167mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 74g, Vitamin A 821IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 48mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    We love this cake. This is my first time using sour cream instead of buttermilk, but it’s delicious. Its perfect because I usually have sour cream on hand, but not buttermilk.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.