Recipe: Texas Sheet Cake

Yesterday was a rough day. Luckily my husband invited someone over for dinner last minute. No I’m not being sarcastic. I really love to feed people but especially yesterday I just needed a break. I was exhausted and we’d been eating fast and out all week. So being forced to slow down, make something yummy and healthy for dinner and give me an excuse to make dessert was just what we needed.

This is an adaptation of Pioneer Woman’s Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever recipe. She was not exhaggerating when she named this sucker either. My version is resized to use a 9×13 pan so it’s not exactly a sheet cake but the flavor is the same and her recipe is just way to big for us to finish and I never have buttermilk on hand.

What You Need 

For the Cake
1 1/3 cups Flour
1 1/3 cups Sugar
pinch of Salt
2 1/2 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
1 1/3 sticks Butter
2/3 cup Hot Water
1/3 cups Milk 
1/4 tsp lemon juice (I just use a few drops)

1 1/2 eggs (I just break the second egg and just use part of it, I’d bet you could use 2 full eggs with no problem though)
2/3 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Vanilla

For the Icing 
1 stick Butter
2 1/2 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
4 Tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 pound  Powdered Sugar

 What to Do

  1. Add a few drops of lemon to the milk and set sit in a large measuring cup or bowl (with room to add other stuff)
  2. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa and stir.
  4. Add hot water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir.
  5. Add  eggs, baking soda, and vanilla to milk mixture and beat with fork. Stir milk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. 
  6. Pour into cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. While cake is baking, make the icing.  Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together and pour over warm cake.
  8. Enjoy.


  1. Mmmm. Yummm.

  2. WOw! Looks and sounds delicious! I LOVE recipes with ingredients most people already on hand! I will definitely have to make this soon! :)
    Thanks for linking up! :)

  3. Yummy! Just popped in from Dittle Dattle!

  4. yummy! looks yummy. i knew i should have not come in to look. I am a few pounds away from my goal and a shopping spree….. But i just HAVE to try this.

  5. This reminds me of an old neighbor who was a great baker…she made this quite often and would always send over a few pieces!! This looks so good that my mouth is watering!

  6. Oh my gosh! I need this! Seriously! Right now! Looks amazing!

  7. I love Texas Sheet Cake! I have been looking for a recipe that would taste like a cake I once won on a cake walk. Looks fabulous! Cant wait to try it!

    ~JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  8. wow its delicious….
    gonna made one for me and my family ….
    Thanks for sharing…

    Today’s Diet Recipe

  9. Drool! Drool!

  10. It’s breakfast and I’m dying for a large hunk of this!!!! It looks delicious!
    All Things Heart and Home

  11. I just found your blog and am your newest follower! My husband’s very favorite treat is Texas Sheet Cake so I’ll definitely have to give this a whirl. Thanks for creating such a fab blog full of inspiration.

  12. This looks like comfort chocolate food at its best. This recipe I will keep.


  13. My mouth is watering. It looks moist and delish!

  14. Yumm! My family loves chocolate sheet cake! What a good idea to put it in the deeper pan too. We dont make it much because it seems to big, but I like this thicker smaller version. Thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by from Its a Keeper Thursdays, have a great day!


  15. HEAVEN!!!! Now I’m starving!!! :)

    I would love for you to come link up your post at my “Encouragement is Contagious!” linky party! And… please link up some of your other favorites from blogs you love! Then, those bloggers will also get lots of unexpected, encouraging comments!


  16. OMGosh, this sounds delish Ü I ♥ a Texas Sheet Cake. I will certainly be trying this recipe. Thanks.

  17. Thanks again much for linking up this week! Just wanted to let you know I am changing Inspire Me Mondays to Summer Lovin’ Saturdays! It begins tonight :) I hope you have a great weekend! :)

  18. this looks delish! thanks for sharing!you also made it to this week’s top picks and votation starts today!

  19. Oh this looks yummy!

    Would love for you to link it and your other cake recipes up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive – there is a focus this week on big cakes – would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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