Texas Sheet Cake

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For some reason I had it in my head to make the Texas Sheet Cake for my daughter and son-in-law and their crew when they moved into their first home. Chocolate cake with sandwiches and chips after moving furniture? The best idea ever. Anyway, I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe and it was definitely a keeper!

To give credit where it’s due my daughter S did most of this recipe. I mainly taste tested

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
¼ teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons (heaping) cocoa
2 sticks butter
1 cup boiling water
½ cups buttermilk
2 whole beaten eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cups finely chopped pecans (I used walnuts)
1-¾ stick butter
4 tablespoons (heaping) cocoa
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound (minus 1/2 Cup) powdered sugar


Note: I use an 18×13 glass dish.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.

Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.

While cake is baking, make the icing. Chop pecans finely. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together. Add the pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.

Printable Recipe

To.die.for. Yes it was.

Want to try some other desserts? Lemon Cream Pie, No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, Dirt Cake, and Twinkies Cake are some of our family favorites.

Here are some pics from the move. How can two newlyweds have so much stuff?

How many men does it take to install one mailbox? Apparently, five.

Enjoying sandwiches on their new deck.

Mom and daughter resting supervising.

If you enjoyed this recipe check out more of my favorites: Lemon Cream Pie, No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, Apple Pie Crumb BarsDirt Cake, and Twinkies Cake.

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  1. This cake looks and sounds fantastic!!!

  2. I don’t think I should make that, as I may eat the whole thing. In one day. Looks delicious! Eat a piece for me. 😉

  3. Holy Cow! This looks AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Love seeing new faces! Have a blessed week, Happy 4th and please come back soon ~EMM

  4. I have debated about making that cake…decided I would need an event or I would only be able to roll from one location to the next.

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