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texas sheet cake

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Vanessa Gregg
Leavenworth, KS

Easy to make and always a family favorite!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Need a dessert that'll feed a family? This Texas sheet cake is amazing. It has a few extra steps but comes together in a snap. Fluffy and tender, the cake is thin so it bakes quickly. Each bite melts in your mouth. On top is a rich and chocolaty fudge-like frosting. Vanessa gives options for toppings, and we went with pecans. But honestly, this cake will be just as good without any toppings.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For texas sheet cake

  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c
    butter or margarine (1 stick)
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
    brewed coffee (or water)
  • 1/4 c
    unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 c
  • 2
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    butter or margarine (1 stick)
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 c
  • 3 1/2 c
    powdered sugar (one pound box less 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp

How To Make texas sheet cake

  • Flour and sugar in a large bowl.
    Combine flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heating butter, shortening, coffee or water, and cocoa to a boil.
    In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, shortening, coffee or water, and cocoa. Stir & heat to boiling.
  • Boiling mixture, buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla added to flour.
    Pour the boiling mixture into the flour and sugar in the bowl. Add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.
  • Mixing ingredients together.
    Mix well with spoon or electric mixer.
  • Batter poured into a jelly roll pan.
    Pour into a greased jelly roll pan (17-1/2 x 11 inches).
  • Cake baking in the oven.
    Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  • Butter, cocoa, and milk in a saucepan for the frosting.
    While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. In the same saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
  • Powdered sugar and vanilla extract added to the saucepan.
    Remove from heat. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pouring warm frosting over warm cake.
    Pour warm frosting over the cake as soon as you take it out of the oven.
  • Sprinkling chopped pecans over the frosting.
    Top with chopped pecans, walnuts, mini M&Ms, etc., as desired. Cool.