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Texas Sheet Cake is a moist, rich cake with a fudgy, decadent frosting. It is easy to make and it can feed a crowd the size of Texas!
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This Texas Sheet Cake recipe is quite possibly the perfect dessert to serve at any party or gathering. Who doesn’t love a slice of velvety chocolate cake with a layer of fudge-y frosting? This dessert takes center stage at all of our family Memorial Day picnics, Fourth of July barbecues, Halloween parties, or just a Sunday afternoon treat. And it’s really easy to make. You cook ALL the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove; no mixer required for the cake OR the frosting!
Ingredients for Texas Sheet Cake
This cake comes together with just a few pantry staples (and sour cream, of course!) so it’s the perfect dessert to whip up anytime. Here’s all you need for the cake:
Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the flour mixture to the water and melted butter.
- Butter – I generally use unsalted butter to control the sodium amount in the cake but you can use whatever you have on hand.
- Cocoa powder
- All purpose flour
- Eggs – 2 large eggs or three medium eggs
- Sour cream
- Baking soda
The Secret Ingredient
This is probably the most moist (say that 10x fast) cake I have ever tasted. It melts in your mouth! The secret ingredient is sour cream! It may sound weird, but sour cream takes Texas Sheet Cake to the next level. Not only does it add so much richness to the texture, you also can’t even taste the sour flavor at all. Plus it gives the cake an extra boost of calcium. Some recipes call for buttermilk, but overall I like the flavor and texture of the sour cream better. All of the best cakes, in my opinion, have sour cream in them! However, my personal favorite is our Chocolate Chocolate Chip Nothing Bundt Cake….SO GOOD!
Texas Sheet Cake Frosting
Texas Sheet Cake frosting is so divine, you will look forward to licking the spoon! It whips up in just moments, and is poured over the cake while it’s still warm. No waiting for the cake to cool, no using an electric mixer, and no crumbs in your frosting either! Start cooking the frosting while the cake has about five minutes left in the oven. It sets up quickly, so make sure to keep a constant stir going at medium heat until you pour it over the cake. For easy frosting spreading, use a rubber spatula. Of course, don’t hesitate to lick the excess! It’s so yummy! Some people like to mix chopped pecans in with the frosting before pouring it over the cake. Here’s all you need for the frosting:
- Baking cocoa – use cocoa powder or squares of baking chocolate
- Powdered sugar – make sure to sift the confectioners’ sugar before adding it to give the frosting a silky smooth texture.
- Vanilla extract
Tips for Serving and Storing
Pour the batter into a greased jelly roll pan and bake according to the directions below. To cool, leave it in the sheet pan. Don’t try to transfer to a wire rack. When you serve this Texas Sheet Cake recipe, it is best to remember the popular saying, “Some like it hot, some like it cold.” I love to eat this cake right out of the oven! It is warm and gooey and delicious! BUT, it is also so good to eat after it’s cooled for a while, OR after it has been in the fridge. Enjoy it your way! Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature on the counter for up to a week. You can also store it in the refrigerator too. You can half this recipe and bake in a half-sheet pan for smaller crowds.
More Decadent Cake Recipes
If you love our Texas Sheet Cake, we’ve got more delicious cake recipes for you!
- Strawberries and Cream Cake– Strawberries and Cream Cake is a great summer dessert, loaded with fresh strawberries in both the cake and frosting! Perfect for a family get together.
- Cinnamon Swirl Cake– This Cinnamon Swirl Cake is one of my favorite desserts because it’s quick, easy and so yummy! It’s like a cinnamon roll in a cake, and everyone loves it!
- Flourless Chocolate Cake– This Flourless Chocolate Cake is by far the easiest version I have ever made and it tastes just as good as more difficult recipes. It is light and decadent and has a rich chocolate flavor. Additionally, spread over the top is a silky smooth chocolate ganache.
- Orange Pineapple Cake– Orange Pineapple cake is a light, fruity cake with an island flair. You will love the delicious whipped creamy topping! Perfect for potlucks and parties!
- Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Frosting– This Coconut Cream Cake is a coconut lovers dream! It is a coconut infused cake, with a rich and creamy coconut cream cheese frosting, sprinkled with even more toasted coconut.
How to Make Texas Sheet Cake
Texas Sheet Cake
- Baking Sheet
- Sauce pan
- Heat butter, water, and cocoa in pan until butter is melted.
- Add sugar, flour, and salt and mix well.
- Beat in eggs, sour cream, and baking soda.
- Pour into a 12×18 cookie sheet pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
- Melt butter, cocoa, and milk in a sauce pan, then bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Spread frosting on warm cake.
- Serve warm or let cool. Serve with ice cream if desired.
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