Texas Sheet Cake Recipe
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Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

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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
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 361 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 232 mg sodium, 71 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Texas Sheet Cake in Taste of Home February/March 2003, p35

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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."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

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


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