How To Bake The BEST Texas Sheet Cake

A cake prepared in a sizable, flat, rectangular cake pan is known as a sheet cake or slab cake. Although they occasionally are 3 inches deep, sheet cakes are typically 2 inches deep. The borders and flat top of these one-layer cakes are usually decorated with decorations and ornate frosting. Chocolate and vanilla are the two most popular flavors for sheet cakes, though they can be produced in any flavor. They can come in a number of additional flavors and have batter mix-ins like sprinkles and chocolate chips. They are frequently created at home using boxed cake mixes. They are created from a single continuous slice of cake by definition. Sprinkle on some extra ingredients, such nuts, chocolate chips, or coconut.

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The BEST Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

A delicious chocolate cake recipe baked in a jelly roll pan and topped with warm chocolate frosting makes the best (and simplest) Texas sheet cake.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 475 kcal


  • 1 cup  water
  • 1 cup  butter
  • 3 Tablespoons  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • cups  granulated sugar
  • teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  sour cream
  • 2 pic  large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • Tablespoons  milk
  • Tablespoons  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2  cup  butter
  • 3 3/4 cups  powdered sugar


  • Grease an 18x13" pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add water, butter, and cocoa powder. mixture is brought to a boil.
  • In the meantime, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a another basin.
  • Combine the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla in a separate small bowl.
  • Stir until mixed before adding the sour cream/egg combination to the flour mixture.
  • Pour the boiling chocolate mixture into the batter after taking the pan off the heat. Mix thoroughly to remove all lumps.
  • Mixture should be poured onto the pan that has been prepared and spread evenly with a spatula.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until set, in a preheated oven (mine is usually done around 15 minutes).
  • Prepare the icing and start the cake at approximately the halfway point.

For the Chocolate Sheet Cake Frosting

  • Butter, chocolate, and milk are added to a pot. mixture is brought to a boil.
  • When it boils, turn off the heat and toss in the powdered sugar. To remove any lumps, I like to whip the mixture with a hand-held mixer.
  • Over a hot cake, drizzle hot frosting. Spread it evenly over the cake using a spatula. Before eating, give the icing 10 minutes to set.


Nutrition Information:
  • Carbohydrates: 71g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Sodium: 343mg
  • Potassium: 81mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 56g
  • Vitamin A: 655IU
  • Vitamin C: 0.1mg
  • Calcium: 29mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
Keyword Sheet Cake

Final Thought:

There is no better recipe out there than this one for Texas Sheet Cake, in my opinion, thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law! I’ve tried a few sheet cakes, but this one far outshines them all. Everyone in my family enjoys Texas sheet cake, which is my husband’s favorite recipe.

I'm Jennifer Tirrell, a self-taught baker, and founder of CakeRe. As an experienced baker and recipe publisher, I have spent over a decade working in the kitchen and have tried and tested countless baking tools and products. From classic cakes to creative twists, I've got you covered. So grab your apron and let's get baking!

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