Texas Sheet Cake

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Texas Sheet Cake-so easy to make, even easier to eat!

Texas Sheet Cake-so easy to make, even easier to eat!

I don’t get to make full cakes that often. Even though there are five of us, we never finish them. So I get excited when the kids want to have friends over. I can make a cake! Usually I’ll try to do something fancy, with layers and a little time consuming. Something pretty, that, let’s be honest, I hope they go home and rave about the fantastic cake they ate at our house.

Sadly, that can’t always happen. I over booked our schedule. Everything for Friday. We can go weeks with nothing special on the calendar, no must make commitments, just do what we please. I told my daughter she could have friend over for a bond fire Friday night . I completely forgot Friday night was a dear friend’s retirement party. Everything was going on this past week. My Mom was in the hospital, scheduled to be released Tuesday, then Wednesday, and they finally let her out Thursday. Late. Grace had a Meeting at school Thursday night, I had to feed the family. The house needed to be straightened up. On Friday, I knew I had errands to run and then 2 parties to attend to that night. I just wasn’t in the mood to make that special cake.

Texas Sheet Cake-so easy to make, even easier to eat!

A sheet cake was the perfect solution! Especially one that you frost while it’s hot so you don’t have to wait for it to cool off first. In about 30 minutes, I had the cake completely done. Ready for the girls that night. I got all my errands done, was able to spend about an hour at the retirement party before rushing back home to great the first of Cassie’s guests as we both pulled into the driveway at the same time.

The girls all had a great time. Two bags of chips, 4 bottles of soda, a dozen or so hot dogs and 3 bags of marshmallows. Have you ever heard of a game called Chubby Bunny? Basically, how many marshmallows can you put in your mouth and still say Chubby Bunny. I think the record was 11 marshmallows. And my cake? I’m pretty sure at least a few of the girls went home and raved about it.

Texas Sheet Cake-so easy to make, even easier to eat!

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake


    for the Cake-
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • dash of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • for the Icing-
  • 1/2 cu butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 box confectioners sugar (4 1/2 cups) sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15 x 10 x 1 inch Jelly Roll pan, set aside. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In a medium saucepan Combine butter, water and cocoa. Heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat, add in sugar, eggs, sour cream and vanilla, blending well. Carefully whisk in flour a little at a time, making sure there are no lumps or flour pockets. Pour batter into jelly roll pan, spreading batter to all sides and corners. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and frost immediately. Let cool completely before serving.
  2. While cake is baking, make the Icing.
  3. Combine butter, cocoa and milk in medium saucepan, bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add in vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix well, using a hand mixer is easiest. Spread over hot cake.



Texas Sheet Cake-so easy to make, even easier to eat!

That spatula is just for show. All those moist crumbs sticking to it were eaten soon after this photo was taken.

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. I love quick and easy cakes. Especially if they involve chocolate. I soo want to dig my fork into this one!

  2. This is such a great cake, Joan!

  3. One of my most favorite cakes ever!

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  5. I love TX sheet cakes. My mom used to make one for all of her daughters’ and grandchildren’s Sunday birthday dinners! Since she can’t do this any more, it’s time I learn this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I know what you mean about cakes. I have learned I just can’t make them as much as I want. It’s just me, hubs, and our 6 yr old. We don’t need big cakes laying around!

    That said, this is gorgeous and I’d love to make it one day!

  7. I so enjoy making this cake for potlucks, church functions, etc.
    Now, being it’s just my husband and myself, I divide up that batter amoung pans and bake accordingly;eat one, rest goes in freezer for another time.
    Ever think about making into cupcakes as well :}

  8. It’s amazing how crazy life gets isn’t it? Everything DOES happen at once! I love, love, love Texas Sheet Cake, but don’t make it often, because I don’t usually have a crowd to feed! This looks so good Joan!

  9. Most days I don’t need a huge cake lying around waiting for me to dive in, but you gotta love sheet cakes for feeding crowds! So much chocolate goodness going on!!!

  10. The Texas sheet cake is a winner. I have loved that recipe for years. Do you have a freezer? It is just husband and I for most meals right now, so we enjoy our cake a night or so and freeze the rest in meal size packets. Then, when we want a cake and I don’t feel like baking, we just pull out a packet to defrost and enjoy. Even the icing freezes (most of the time). Just be sure to put a date on the package.

  11. As simple as a sheet cake is, I can’t remember the last time I actually had one! I want a big slice of that chocolaty goodness with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. 🙂

  12. hahahaa I’ve never heard of chubby bunny!! Sounds like so much fun and such lucky girls to have this delicious cake!

  13. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Oh man. I would do bad things to this sheet cake, like eat the entire thing in one sitting, haha. It looks SO rich and gooey.

  14. I’m impressed you had the time even with all the business going on in your life. Hope its slowed down now. Thanks for sharing at Tasteful Tuesdays this week! Do you sew or know someone who does? I have a fabulous pattern sale (18 patterns for under $25) and giveaway going on right now.http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/02/sew-fab-e-pattern-sale-and-giveaway.html

  15. Nice blog of cake and really i like it very much.

  16. I have been completely obsessed with chocolate lately! This looks delicious!

  17. I can eat this in one sitting! So yummy!

  18. I hope your Mom is feeling better Joan.
    I love quick and delicious cakes, aren’t they just the best?
    I hope you’ll bring it to this month chocolate party, we’re having a double chocolate party!

  19. Yummy! This looks perfect for potlucks, Joan – pinned 🙂

  20. We LOVE texas sheet cake! It’s saved the day for me also many a time! I know your girls were delighted with this!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Please be very careful with the marshmello game children have suffocated this way. The marshmello gets soggy and expands. They choak with laughter then you cannot get it all out. Be safe.

    I work in a hospital.

    • SO true. I know of a college kid who died from this game. hey were drinking as well so probably nobody was quite aware of what was happening until it was too late. But why let your pre-teens play a game that could eventually pose a life hazard?

  22. Mmmmmmmm… you sure do know how to bring a pregnant lady to your site! I saw your cake at the I <3 Fridays linkup and just had to see the recipe. I'm 36 weeks along and am suddenly craving everything chocolate under the sun! I may just HAVE to make this over the weekend! :) Oh, and I we love the Chubby Bunny game--used to play it a lot in college at our Intervarsity Christian Fellowship meetups. It was always a great way to get people laughing and having fun together!

    PS–I’m a new follower! Pinning this recipe! 😉

    Little Rays of Sunshine

  23. Sounds like you have had a very busy week! Glad you got the cake done in time – it looks so delicious! Wish I could reach out and have a slice!

  24. A co-worker makes texas sheet cake for work events and I always enjoy it. NOW I have a great recipe of my own – thank you! Yours looks divine!!

  25. Looks so moist and delicious!!!! Sounds like a really good cake!

  26. Haven’t talked to you in awhile, so I stopped by to see what you’ve been up to. Love sheet cakes since you just make it and forget it. Plus my pan has a travel lid, so I can make the cake and take it with me without a fuss. Yours looks very chocolatey!

  27. This looks amazing! Its been a long time…since I had Sheet Cake! =)

  28. I have this baking in the oven now, can’t wait until its done!

  29. Ruth Cobb says:

    What is it about a Texas Sheet Cake that everyone likes? Such simple ingredients that are more than the sum of its parts? Just love this cake.

  30. I love this cake! I’ve made it 3 times since I’ve found it and its gone within 2 days ( if it even lasts that long) Thanks for the recipe!

  31. As a 55 yr old Texas girl, I grew up on this recipe and have made it for the last 37 yrs of marriage. The only difference is my recipe and others call for buttermilk instead of sour cream, and mine also calls for cinnamon although the one my aunt uses does not. Either way, it’s an awesome cake!

  32. Debbie Caraballo says:

    This is the cake I always have to make for my 2 girls. I think I got the recipe when I was about 16 (1971), and have been making them ever since. Only difference is that I’ve always used a 9×13 pan instead of a sheet, because that’s what the recipe I was given called for. No cinnamon, and no nuts, either. In the deeper pan, that awesome poured frosting is like fudge….. Lol…
    When I get to go home (Texas) to visit my kids and family, at least 2 of these are made during the visit!
    Best. Cake. Ever.

  33. I just made the frosting in this recipe for some cupcakes. It was the first time I tried making frosting from scratch (I usually use store-bought). I doubt I’ll ever buy frosting again! So yummy! Thanks!

  34. Michelle says:

    I’ve been making Texas sheet cake for as long as I can remember. I wanted to compare the ingredients to see if I could make it even better. Yours has sour cream, I use buttermilk. Also, a big difference is your cake recipe calls for 1 cup of butter. Mine is 1 cube of butter. Is that right…… I really want to try yours:) Than;ks.

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