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Classic Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

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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!

lifting a slice of chocolate Texas sheet cake out of the pan

     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 original chocolaty 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.

first slice of cake served on plate with remaining cake behind it

     The cake 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.

stack of 3 slices of chocolate cake

   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!

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!

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     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.  Click on the image above to go to YouTube and see how simple it really is!

Yield: 36 Servings

Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

stack of chocolate texas sheet cake slices

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Sheet Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 Tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate Icing

  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 lb powdered sugar (about 3.5 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, bring butter, water and cocoa to a boil. Pour over flour mixture and stir until incorporated.
  4. Add the rest if the ingredients and stir until uniform.
  5. Pour into a well greased half sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes
  6. Once the cake is out of the oven, start the icing by bringing the butter, cocoa and milk to a boil. Remove from heat.
  7. Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla and spread over the cake. Easy peasy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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I'd love to see it! Share a picture on Instagram or Pinterest and tag me @carleecooks to let me know how it went!

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 original chocolaty Texas sheet cake. It is the perfect combination of soft cake and rich fudgy fuss free icing. It brings back all the tasty nostalgia!

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Monday 10th of August 2020

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

Val

Monday 20th of July 2020

Classic recipe that you cannot go wrong with! Pinning!

Carlee

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.

Carlee

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.

Carlee

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

It's always a hit here too!

Rattlebridge Farm

Thursday 12th of February 2015

Carlee, your cake was the number 1 most-viewed feature at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Have a great weekend!

Carlee

Friday 13th of February 2015

That is great! Thank you so much!