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texas sheet cake

Recipe by
Penny Burdge
Lenexa, KS

I got this recipe from my oldest friend, Suzanne, who I met in 1972. I still have her hand printed well-used recipe card - stained, edges frayed, and yellowed. This cake is my oldest son's favorite, and so it's the one I make for his birthday.

yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For texas sheet cake

  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 c
    cocoa, unsweetened
  • 2 c
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    sea salt
  • 2 lg
  • 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 lb
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract

How To Make texas sheet cake

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 2
    In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, salt, baking soda.
  • 3
    In a 3-4 qt. saucepan over medium heat, heat 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 cup water, and 1 cup water. Stir as needed until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • 4
    Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir the flour/sugar/soda/salt mixture into the saucepan with the chocolate mixture until blended.
  • 5
    Add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Using a hand mixer or a large wooden spoon, beat the ingredients until smooth.
  • 6
    Pour the batter into a greased jelly roll pan (a cookie sheet with sides). Bake 20-25 minutes, test for doneness - if not bake 2 more minutes and test again. The cake should be soft and springy to the touch. Cool the cake completely on a cake rack. Do not remove the cake from the pan.
  • 7
    Make the frosting. Using the same saucepan, (you don't need to clean it out first, just scrape well with a spatula) bring to a boil 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup butter, and 6 tablespoons milk.
  • 8
    Remove from heat and beat in the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract until smooth. Pour and spread the frosting over the cooled cake. It will harden into a soft fudge consistency.

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