Texas Sheet Cake


I have made this Texas sheet cake recipe for years. My children always chose it for their birthday cake over any other, and it makes enough for a crowd. Moist and delicious. Very easy to make. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 10x15-inch cake

This Texas sheet cake is the perfect dessert for your next party, potluck, tailgate, or holiday get-together. A dense chocolate cake topped with a fudgy pourable icing, this Texas sheet cake recipe will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Texas Sheet Cake Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this irresistibly decadent Texas sheet cake recipe:

· For the cake: All-purpose flour, white sugar, baking soda, salt, sour cream, eggs, butter, water, and unsweetened cocoa powder
· For the icing: Milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and (optional) walnuts

How to Make Texas Sheet Cake

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make Texas sheet cake at home:

1. Make the cake: Combine the dry ingredients, then beat in the sour cream and eggs. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add the water and cocoa powder, bring to a boil, and remove from the heat. Let cool slightly and stir into the sour cream mixture.
2. Bake the cake: Pour the batter into a prepared cake pan and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean.
3. Make the icing: Combine the milk, cocoa powder, and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Frost the warm cake.

Tip: Don't let the icing cool too much before you spread it over the warm cake. It will harden into a fudge-like consistency very quickly!

Nicole's Top Texas Sheet Cake Tips

"It feeds a crowd, it's inexpensive to make, and everyone will love it," culinary producer Nicole McLaughlin (a.k.a. NicoleMcMom) says about Texas sheet cake. Here are her best tips and tricks:

· This Texas sheet cake features sour cream, one of Nicole's favorite cake ingredients: "Sour cream adds really great moisture and that tanginess helps bring out the sweetness."
· Don't be alarmed if the batter seems a little thin. It's supposed to look that way! The cake will all come together in the end.
· Make sure you pour the icing over the cake while it's still warm, as they'll cool together and create the perfect texture and flavor.

How to Store Texas Sheet Cake

Cover the Texas sheet cake tightly and store at room temperature for up to three days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Can You Freeze Texas Sheet Cake?

Yes, you can freeze Texas sheet cake. If you plan to freeze it, go ahead and bake the cake in a foil pan. Cover the cooled and iced cake tightly in at least one layer of storage wrap, then at least one layer of foil. Freeze for up to one month. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"My aunt used to make this and bring it to family gatherings and I always loved it," says LV. "It is so rich and decadent and fudgy. I followed the directions and did not change anything, but was generous with the cocoa and counted out heaping tablespoons."

"The best," according to Isabelle Izzy Bledsoe-Billen. "Instead of plain water I use instant coffee. Super yummy."

"I made this for my kid's 11th birthday and everyone's still talking about it 6 months later," raves LEMURONE. "It's really good, and a classic chocolate cake if you're from the south."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup water

  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


  • 6 tablespoons milk

  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup butter

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15-inch jelly roll pan.

  2. Make cake: Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Beat in sour cream and eggs.

  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in water and cocoa powder. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from the heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the flour and egg mixture until blended. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

  5. While the cake is baking, make icing: Combine milk, cocoa powder, and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla, then fold in walnuts, mixing until blended.

  6. Spread icing over warm cake.

    Texas Sheet Cake

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
13g Fat
36g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 145mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 68mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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