Homemade Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Easy Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake is perfect for parties and potlucks as a little effort goes a long way! In just a few minutes of baking, you will be able to feed a crowd!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Texas Sheet Cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 623 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk warm
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces chocolate melted


  • 1 cup chopped pecans toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with baking spray, line with parchment paper so it has handles on the side, or spray well with baking spray on top.


  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add 1 cup butter, 1 cup water, and 1/2 cup cocoa powder. Stir for the butter to melt and to combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. In another medium bowl combine 2 cups of flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Add the flour mix to the mixture in the saucepan. Stir to combine.
  5. Add sour cream and eggs and blend until fully combined with no lumps.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula.
  7. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with no wet batter on it. Careful to NOT overbake.
  8. Once done, let cool for 20 minutes before adding the frosting.


  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add butter and cocoa. Stir together until it comes to a boil, then remove from the heat.
  2. Add milk, vanilla, melted chocolate, and stir to combine.
  3. Spread the frosting over the slightly cooled cake.
  4. Garnish with chopped pecans.
  5. Serve this with milk or topped with vanilla ice cream.

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Texas Sheet Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 623 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 520mg23%
Potassium 260mg7%
Carbohydrates 99g33%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 78g87%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 870IU17%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.