Texas Sheet Cake

Experience the rich and decadent flavors of Texas with this classic Texas Sheet Cake recipe.

This moist and tender chocolate cake, topped with a smooth and creamy chocolate frosting, is a beloved dessert that’s perfect for feeding a crowd.

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Whether served at a potluck, family gathering, or special celebration, this cake is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Equipment

  • 18×13-inch baking sheet
  • Mixing bowls
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Oven

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease an 18×13-inch baking sheet.

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In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

In a saucepan, combine the butter, water, and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.

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Pour the cocoa mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

Stir in the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth.

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Pour the batter into the prepared baking sheet and spread it evenly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, and milk. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.

Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.

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Pour the frosting over the warm cake and spread it evenly.

Allow the cake to cool completely before serving.

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Nutritional Facts

  • Serving Size: 1 piece (assuming 24 servings per cake)
  • Calories: 300
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 120mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 33g
  • Protein: 3g

Health Benefits

Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants and may have heart-protective effects.

Buttermilk adds moisture to the cake while also providing essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin B12.

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Enjoying desserts like Texas Sheet Cake in moderation can contribute to overall happiness and satisfaction in a balanced diet.

Baking at home allows for control over ingredients, potentially reducing added sugars and unhealthy fats compared to store-bought alternatives.

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Sharing homemade treats with loved ones fosters social connections and promotes well-being.

FAQ’s

Can I use a different size baking sheet?

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You can use a different size baking sheet, but adjust the baking time accordingly to ensure the cake cooks evenly.

Can I substitute buttermilk with regular milk?

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Yes, you can substitute buttermilk with regular milk, but the texture and flavor of the cake may be slightly different.

How should I store leftover cake?

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Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Can I freeze Texas Sheet Cake?

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Yes, you can freeze Texas Sheet Cake. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Can I add nuts or other toppings to the cake?

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Absolutely! Chopped pecans or walnuts are a popular addition to Texas Sheet Cake. Sprinkle them over the frosting before it sets for added texture and flavor.

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