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Texas Sheet Cake

The legendary Texas Sheet Cake is my go-to cake recipe to feed a crowd! Easy as can be, this cake boasts intense chocolate flavor and richness and can be made with or without nuts - dig in!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, dessert, texas sheet cake
Servings: 24 serving
Calories: 329kcal
Author: Trish - Mom On Timeout



  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs room temperature

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans optional



  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Grease and flour a 10 x 15 jellyroll pan. (Use cocoa powder to "flour" the pan if you like.)
  • Bring butter, water, and cocoa powder to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk together sour cream and eggs.
  • Combine the sour cream and egg mixture with the flour and sugar mixture.
  • Gradually stir in the warm cocoa mixture and mix well. (You might need to whisk together.)
  • Pour the batter into the prepared jellyroll pan.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes. The center of the cake should spring back when touched.

Chocolate Frosting

  • Bring the milk and butter to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the frosting over the cake while the cake is still warm.
  • Quickly sprinkle on nuts if desired.
  • Leftovers should be stored in airtight container.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.9mg