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Texas Sheet Cake

This chocolaty delight was one of my favorites growing up. The Texas sheet 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


  • 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 whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 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.
  • Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • 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.
Editor's Note
This recipe does not use eggs.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 418 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 266mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (57g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • jetluvs2cook
    Jan 31, 2020

    Very delicious, moist cake! Make it the day before you need it, to taste even better!!

  • kel dehnert
    Nov 22, 2019

    Great classic recipe. Instructions are easy to follow, tastes great. This is our go to Texas Sheet Cake recipe.

  • kate1nick2
    Apr 4, 2019

    I decided to try this recipe because I didn't have any eggs in the house. We thought this was a good cake. I subbed strong coffee for the water, and made it in a 9x13 for a thicker cake. It's a quick and easy recipe.

  • Ashaline
    Feb 25, 2019

    This is a delicious cake. So easy to make and everyone always loves it. I usually make it for large groups. I often make the white Texas sheet cake along side of this.

  • Jennifer K
    Jan 25, 2019

    Such a quick, easy cake to make. I cut it into small squares for bake sales and church teas. A winner!

  • Amy
    Nov 13, 2018

    This is our all-time favourite cake recipe - it is often requested for birthdays and family dinners. It is so easy to throw together and it never disappoints!! Moist, rich, fudgy... We usually bake it in a 9x13 for a thicker cake and icing. You can’t beat a slice of this cake with vanilla ice cream!

  • Diane
    Feb 24, 2018

    Absolutely delicious cake ! Will make again.

  • lvarner
    Aug 1, 2017

    The cake and frosting are very tasty. I realize that sheet cakes are supposed to be thin, but I prefer a thicker cake. I also prefer nuts in the frosting so added 1 cup of chopped pecans to the frosting and enjoyed the frosting very much that way.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 28, 2017

    This cake is moist and chocolaty good! Thanks for the recipe!!

  • muffbear74
    Mar 21, 2017

    Per suggestions, I substituted 1 cup espresso for tge water and was happy how the cake turned out. Left the icing recipe alone and found it to be fudgy and delicious. For those who had trouble with it beng too mushy, low fat sour cream may have been the culprit. I made that mistake with a different recipe and the middle of the cake never got dne.