Easy Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

by Pamela

Easy Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Answer: Texas sheet cake recipe…Question? What’s a quick and easy dessert recipe that you can whip up when you have a last minute guest or party invitation and you need have a dessert?

That’s what happened to me recently. I got an invitation to a BBQ and needed to bring a dessert. Oh, the invitation wasn’t really last minute, Craig just told me about it at the last minute. What is it with husbands and them doing that?

This Texas sheet cake will be one of your favorite quick and easy desserts

I have a few quick and easy dessert recipes that I keep handy for just such emergencies and Texas sheet cake is one of those recipes. This particular Texas sheet cake is from my grandmother’s cookbook. It’s not her recipe, it was cut from a newspaper at some point. I have no idea what year it was or even what paper it appeared in. It’s just the recipe. But what a recipe it is. If you like chocolate, you’re going to be hooked on this cake.

The cool thing about making a Texas sheet cake is just how easy it is to make. We’re talking 30 minutes start to finish (not bad for a rockin’ dessert). The recipe is a bit different than your usual cake recipe in that there’s no mixer involved and the whole thing can be made with one pan (to bake the cake in) and one large pot. Yes, I said pot. You bring all the liquid ingredients (and the chocolate) to a boil in the pot then stir in the dry ingredients. Weird. I know.

This Texas sheet cake will be one of your favorite quick and easy desserts

The frosting gets made in the same way and you make it up while the cake is cooking because you pour it (no icing skills required) over the cake right after it comes out of the oven. How brilliant is that?

So when you’re struggling with what to take to that Labor Day party you’re going to, may I suggest this super easy Texas sheet cake? I promise you that it will all be gone and the only thing you’ll be bringing home is full bellies and an empty pan.

Easy Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Texas sheet cake lives up to its name. The chocolate taste is as big as the state of Texas. Quick and easy desserts don't get any better than this.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • For the Texas Sheet Cake
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 1 Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Vegetable/Canola Oil
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • ½ Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 Large Eggs (lightly beaten)
  • For the Frosting
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ⅓ Cup Buttermilk
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 1 Pound Confectioners' Sugar
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans (or walnuts)
  1. For the Texas Sheet Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Grease and flour a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  4. Add the butter, cocoa, water and oil to a large pot and bring to a boil. (Stir the ingredients while it's coming to a boil.)
  5. Remove from heat and add remaining cake ingredients (adding the eggs last) and whisk to thoroughly combine. It's easier if you put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix them together. Then add them to the wet ingredients in thirds (and finally add the eggs). This allows you to whisk out the clumps easier.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. (It really only takes 20 minutes for this cake to bake.)
  7. For the Frosting
  8. About 10 minutes into the cake baking, make up the frosting, because you need to pour the hot frosting over the hot cake.
  9. Add the butter, buttermilk, cocoa and salt to a large pot and bring to a boil (stirring while it's heating).
  10. Remove from heat and whisk in the sugar and nuts (do this in thirds so that you can whisk out the clumps easier).
  11. Remove the cake from the oven, when it's done, and pour the frosting over top of the cake. Use a spatula to help spread it out.
  12. Let Cool.
  13. Serve.
If you prefer, you can sprinkle the nuts on top of the frosting instead of stirring them into the frosting. It does look a bit prettier that way.


Welcome to My Man's Belly! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the site or if there's a recipe you'd like to see here. Have a great day.


April @ Girl Gone Gourmet October 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

I used to love sheet cake growing up and I haven’t made it in years. The best recipes are the old ones and this one sounds great 🙂

Pamela October 9, 2015 at 11:08 am

Hi April, funny how those old recipes still really hold up today and taste just as good as they did when we had them as kids isn’t it?

Maureen October 2, 2015 at 5:53 am

A good sheet cake pleases just about everyone and especially me. This looks good enough for the footy grand final tomorrow.

Pamela October 2, 2015 at 7:50 am

I’m right there with you Maureen…sheet cakes for the win! And hopefully your team wins tomorrow too.

Leave a Comment