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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 623kcal
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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Stir in 1 cup of sugar and vanilla extract.
  • In another medium bowl combine 2 cups of flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  • Add the flour mix to the mixture in the saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Add sour cream and eggs and blend until fully combined with no lumps.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula.
  • 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.
  • Once done, let cool for 20 minutes before adding the frosting.


  • 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.
  • Add milk, vanilla, melted chocolate, and stir to combine.
  • Spread the frosting over the slightly cooled cake.
  • Garnish with chopped pecans.
  • Serve this with milk or topped with vanilla ice cream.



Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 870IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2.8mg