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Texas Sheet Cake V

Rated as 4.73 out of 5 Stars

"I have made this 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!"
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30 m servings 256 cals
Original recipe yields 32 servings (1 10x15-inch jellyroll pan)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15 inch pan.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture, mixing until blended.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. For the icing: In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 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.


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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 256 calories; 12.5 g fat; 35.8 g carbohydrates; 2.4 g protein; 36 mg cholesterol; 145 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I thought this was a 5 star finished product, but it takes way longer than 10 min. prep time, melting the butter/cocoa to a boil takes at least that. Make this your first step, so it can be cool...

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Needs more chocolate flavor. It was ok otherwise. Will not make as written again. I would start with 7 T of cocoa powder for cake and frosting, use buttermilk in the frosting, and maybe try coff...

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I thought this was a 5 star finished product, but it takes way longer than 10 min. prep time, melting the butter/cocoa to a boil takes at least that. Make this your first step, so it can be cool...

This cake is delicious and simple to make! Two tips:#1: Have your frosting ingredients set out and ready to go. After stirring in the powdered sugar, DO work quickly to spread it on the cake. ...

An easy recipe for a good, basic sheet cake. Use a 9x11 pan or double the recipe because 10x13 made for a very thin cake!

Yeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaa! My native Texan hubby as well as the rest of our family LOVE this cake! We baked this in a 9 x 13 metal pan for 22 minutes - perfection! This was super easy to make. Make ...

I just got done eating ANOTHER bite of this cake. Unfortunately, I have been doing that all day long!!! I made it for company last night and I am being tempted with what is left of this large ...

excellent! just perfect. i did not make this in a jelly roll pan. i made it like a normal cake in a long rectangular cake pan. if your reading this review, there is no need to search for anothe...

a little slice of heaven! super easy for a whole lotta folks! it never fails that folks call this brownies. it's that rich in a way but much more decadent and frankly, I can eat more of this tha...

I made this in a 9 X 13 pan and it came out great. Very moist. Make the icing after the cake is baked or it will get crusty. Next time I'm adding more nuts to the icing. Some thought this tast...

This is my favorite sheet cake recipe. You can change it... To make a white sheet cake: delete the cocoa and add 1 tsp almond extract to the cake and 1/2 to 1 tsp almond extract to the frost...