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A spatula removing a slice of chocolate cake with pecans from a baking dish.

Texas Sheet Cake

  • Author: Amy @ The Blond Cook
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x



For the cake:

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

For the frosting:

  • 16 ounces powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted


For the cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a sheet cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter.  Add water and cocoa powder.  Whisk to combine and bring to a boil, whisking frequently.
  4. Remove from heat and pour over flour mixture.  Using a large spoon, stir well to combine.  Add buttermilk, vanilla and eggs.  Stir again to combine.
  5. Pour batter into prepared sheet cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle is removed clean.
  6. Using a skewer, poke holes about 1-inch apart throughout the cake and prepare frosting.

For the frosting: 

  1. Pour powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter.  Add cocoa powder and milk and whisk to combine.  Bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  3. Pour mixture over powdered sugar and add vanilla extract.  Stir with a large spoon until smooth.  Add more milk if needed for desired consistency.
  4. Spread warm frosting evenly over cake and sprinkle evenly with toasted chopped pecans.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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