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Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

This chocolaty delight was one of my favorites growing up. The cake is so moist and the icing so sweet that everyone who samples it wants a copy of the recipe. -Susan Ormond, Jamestown, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring the butter, water and cocoa to a boil. Remove from the heat. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; add to cocoa mixture. Stir in the sour cream until smooth.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • 3. In a small saucepan, melt butter; add milk and cocoa. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Whisk in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour over warm cake. Cool completely on a wire rack. Yield: 15 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.

Reviews for Texas Sheet Cake

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amymadill
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2016

"We have made this over and over and it always turns out incredibly. Moist, rich, and absolutely irresistible. This is a go-to for my family for any occasion and we are always hounded for the recipe!"

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cowhorns24
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"YUCK!!!! PLEASE don't waste your time and money on this recipe! I have a Texas Sheet Cake recipe that turns out great everytime I make it, but I wasn't so lucky with this recipe. The thought of an eggless cake intrigued me, so I decided to try this recipe. I followed the directions to the T, but my cake came out gooey, misshapen, and it tasted TERRIBLE!!! The frosting was even off. I had to toss the entire cake, I didn't even make it past one bite. Do yourself a favor and find a different recipe."

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heavenlybaker2
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"This cake is incredible, however, the recipe is missing 2 eggs."

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gardas
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"I haven't made this recipe in ages but I needed a simple dessert to serve at a dinner for 30 young men. I like it because it is a one pan mix and easy clean-up. Pan size is important - I do have a larger jelly roll pan and I would estimate it would need a recipe and a half to fill it. Mine raised just to the edge of the shallow pan. . . make sure you use baking soda NOT baking powder. I wasn't paying attention and did that to one batch. The frosting is fine but actually it is a bit too much for the size - not sure half a recipe would be enough but the full recipe was too much. Otherwise it is simple. If you want to cut calories you can go with 1/2 stick butter and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and I used low-fat sour cream. You can also use Splenda for the sugar."

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dressager
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

"The cake had an inconsistent texture and the frosting was, for lack of better description, strange. The entire thing was un-servable."

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lorarlove
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"my icing did not turn out like picture, followed the directions, how do I get it like the photo

Thanks"

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marsalyers
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"My cake didn't turn out. Was all mushy and I even cooked it longer. Dissappointed. I have seen this recipe with eggs??"

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Dana Moore
Reviewed May. 14, 2015

"I used a slightly bigger sheet pan than called for but it rose over the pan and spilled into my oven! But the cake taste really good. I will make it again but will use an even bigger sheet pan."

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MariannC
Reviewed May. 8, 2015

"Moist, delicious and very easy"

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juliered100
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2015

"its in the oven right now and i just realized that i put in only a half a cup of butter. I'm hoping that its not a disaster. I also added some cinnamon. It smells good though."

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TracyV
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

"Love this cake, so moist! A real pleaser!"

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pgweaver
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"THIS DIDN'T WORK OUT FOR ME. IT WAS FLAT AND LACKED THE TASTE OF CHOC CAKE.

MAYBE BECAUSE IT DOESN'T HAVE EGGS"

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masterchef0174
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"I thought it was a bit rich but certainly would do it again for company. They seem to love it! :)"

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jetluvs2cook
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"one of the best , moist, chocolate cake recipes!"

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sarp01
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"Yummy"

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gennyjensen
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"I love this easy to make cake. I use 1 cup coffee in place of the water in the cake and add 1 T instant coffee to the frosting. This makes it a wonderful Mocha cake!"

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mjoykelly
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I love this recipe! The first time I made it was a HUGE success and hit with everyone. The second and third time it sunk in the middle. Any thoughts?"

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Kristi w.
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"YUM!! This was the first Texas sheet cake I've ever made but have sampled plenty lol...by far this was the best! Thanks!"

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billandconnier
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"Favorite Texas Sheet cake recipe... and I've tried quite a few! So moist!"

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HuntingViolinist
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2012

"This is a wonderful, fudgy cake. Pouring the icing on while the cake is still warm keeps the cake nice and moist. Please try this recipe! I think you'll love it!"

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sedelligatti
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"This is a great recipe! Easy to make! I bake it for a few minutes less than what the recipe calls for, but that's just me!"

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coniklimpel
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"My family requests me to make this repeatedly. Excellent!"

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FruitGal
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"Made 'Chocolate Buttermilk Squares' and this recipe on the same night to compare. 'CBSqr' turned out great but this recipe, which is made with the same method, was a complete failure. I lined both pans with foil bc I don't have pans with 1" sides and sprayed the bottoms. For this recipe, the cake batter crawled up the sides. Looked at 20 min and gave it 2 more min - the center of the cake had the appearance of boiling as it was moving up and down. In the end, this cake never rose in the middle and was gooey - not like texture in photo. All the frosting ran to the center. Flavor was poor as compared to other recipe. I know I added all ingredients incl. baking soda. A mystery."

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MelissaJ75
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"This cake is so very delicious that all my friends rave about it. They'd never believe how easy it is to make. The frosting is especially yummy. I've made it at least a dozen times and am about to make it again for a party."

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HeatherHH
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010

"This is absolutely wonderful! I am not a huge fan of cake (just a vehicle for good frosting), but this cake is so moist and dense. And the icing is a wonderful compliment to the cake, melt-in-your-mouth sweet! This will definitely be added to my recipe file and made frequently for company and for church dinners."

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hollyez
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"This was sooooo good and soooo easy. I remember this from potlucks and church suppers and hadn't had it in years. I made it, with the assumption it was probably tastier in my memory than in reality... I was soooo wrong! Moist and rich, a small piece goes a long way. I will not only keep this and make it again, I think I may make it my go to recipe for work lunches and block parties! Thank you TOH."

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enestvmel
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009 Edited Mar. 8, 2016

"My husband drools over this cake...I love that there are no eggs in it too. I told him that the spatula he was licking had about a thousand calories in it alone...he didn't care, he loved it! I made this once for the fire crew he was on and they all fought over it."

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thuber1
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008 Edited Mar. 8, 2016

"I'm 42 and was raised on this cake! So yummy! I'm with BJS Mom, regarding pecans. My mother always made the icing with the pecans mixed in it, though."

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BJS Mom
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008 Edited Mar. 8, 2016

"I've made this delicious cake many times but I sprinkle pecans on top of it. We Texans love our pecans!"

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