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Texas Sheet Cake recipe

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake is a soft homemade chocolate cake made in a large baking sheet topped with warm fudge like pecan frosting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 533kcal



  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, room temperature
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 6 tbsp whole milk
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15 inch pan. Alternatively, line a 10x15 pan with parchment paper.
  • Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream and eggs.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Beat in the sour cream and egg mixture. Once the cocoa powder mixture is cool enough to touch, beat it into the four mixture on low speed. Scrape sides and beat just until fully mixed. 
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • About half way through the cooking process, make the frosting.
  • To make the frosting, combine milk, additional 5 tablespoons cocoa powder, and additional 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over warm cake.
    chocolate Texas Sheet Cake with fudge pecan frosting



Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.6mg