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Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake with Cinnamon

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Whip up this original chocolate Texas sheet cake with just a hint of cinnamon for your next gathering. It comes together so quick and easily and is perfect for a crowd. Make one for a party and everyone is sure to be happy!

Lifting piece of chocolate Texas sheet cake out of pan showing moist chocolate cake and smooth fudgy icing.

There are so many things to love about a Texas sheet cake.  In fact, my family loves them so much that we have a whole collection of recipes in quite a few different flavors. 

However there is just something about the classic chocolate Texas sheet cake. It is the perfect combination of soft cake and rich fudgy fuss free icing. It brings back all the tasty nostalgia!

I remember this cake was quite a treat at Grandma’s house when I was a kid.  It is a great cake for a crowd because it is baked in a half sheet pan.

I am one of six kids and so is my dad, so when we get together a nice big cake is in order.  Maybe that is why this recipe was such a staple during my childhood.

Piece of Texas sheet cake on white dessert plate with remaining sheet pan of cake nearby.

The chocolate sheet cake recipe is super easy to make.  You don’t have to soften and cream butter, just toss everything in the saucepan and let the heat do the work for you.

It results in such a tasty moist cake and there really isn’t much effort in throwing it together.  It would likely be great on it’s own, but we all know I’m not one to skip frosting a cake!

The fudge icing really makes the cake.  This is a fudgy wonderfully sweet and smooth frosting.

You just pour it over the cake, so there is no concern of getting it smooth and perfect.  Besides, it is fun to make a cake and frosting from scratch and not have to drag out the mixer!

I have seen other recipes for Texas sheet cake, but most don’t have the cinnamon.  This is a great touch that makes this cake stand apart.  It is just enough to give some character.  MMMM!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called Texas sheet cake?

I think it’s because it’s a cake the size of Texas. The large 13×18-inch pan size makes it perfect for feeding a crowd. I think the cinnamon addition is a slight nod to Mexican hot chocolate as well.

Can I add nuts?

Yes, many people add chopped walnuts or pecans to the icing. Just stir them in along with the powdered sugar and pour it over the cake.

Our family prefers this cake sans nuts, but you make it the way you like it!

How do I store homemade Texas sheet cake?

Cover the cake and store it at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can freeze slices in airtight containers for up to 3 months. Just defrost and enjoy later.

Stack of three pieces of chocolate Texas sheet cake with rich chocolate icing on top.

More Flavors of Texas Sheet Cake:

If you aren’t in the mood for chocolate, try our vanilla Texas sheet cake.  It is like the wedding cake version of the original, we like it mostly vanilla with just a hit of almond extract as well.

MiMi really outdid herself when she came up with this recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough Texas sheet cake.  It has all that brown sugar goodness that makes cookie dough so good. You have to give it a try!

For something really different, try the Arnold Palmer Texas sheet cake.  It has a sweet tea base and lemon frosting to make it taste like its namesake drink.  It is the epitome of summer!

That is just a small sampling of the recipes I have for Texas sheet cake.  Go ahead and type Texas sheet cake in the search bar for more options!

If you have never made a Texas sheet cake before, don’t worry.  I made a video so you can see just how easily it comes together.  Go to YouTube and see how simple it really is!

Did you make this recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card.

Lifting piece of chocolate Texas sheet cake out of pan showing moist chocolate cake and smooth fudgy icing.

Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Servings: 36 Servings
Author: Carlee
Texas sheet cake is the perfect dessert for a get together. It comes together so quick and easily and is perfect for a crowd. Make one for your next party and everyone is sure to be happy!
4.95 from 19 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Chocolate Sheet Cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Icing

  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 lb powdered sugar about 3.5 cups
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking soda. Set aside.
    2 cups all purpose flour, 2 cups granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • In a saucepan, bring butter, water and cocoa to a boil. Pour over flour mixture and stir until incorporated.
    1 cup butter, 1 cup water, 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Add the rest if the ingredients and stir until uniform.
    2 large eggs, ½ cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pour into a well greased half sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes
  • Once the cake is out of the oven, start the icing by bringing the butter, cocoa and milk to a boil. Remove from heat.
    4 Tablespoons cocoa powder, ½ cup butter, 6 Tablespoons milk
  • Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla and spread over the cake. Easy peasy!
    1 lb powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 103mgSugar: 24g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Helen Compton

Friday 2nd of September 2022

I make this cake but use buttermilk instead of sweet milk in both the cake and frosting. Everyone loves the fact that you get a lot of frosting on a small piece of cake. I will try this recipe and double the frosting.


Friday 2nd of September 2022

That sounds like a great idea to me, I love frosting!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 10th of August 2020

I haven't had a Texas sheet cake in years! This would be perfect for a picnic!


Monday 20th of July 2020

Classic recipe that you cannot go wrong with! Pinning!


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Definitely a classic for good reason! Thank you, Val!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Yum! What a delicious and yummy looking cake Carlee! I would love some right now! LOL. :) Thanks for the recipe.


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

I would happily share with you! Thanks, Julie!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

This cake is a staple in our house. So good and everyone devours it.


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

It's always a hit here too!