Texas Sheet Cake

I love chocolate sheet cake.  It's one of my favorite desserts.  It's super easy to make and makes a lot, so it's perfect to take to a potluck or to feed a crowd.  My almost 11 year old loves to make this for dessert on Sundays.

Texas Sheet Cake
printable recipe


2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter (1 cube)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk (see tip below)

1.  In Kitchenaid combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

2.  Boil 1 c. water (in microwave or in a separate saucepan).

3.  In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Whisk in cocoa powder. Add boiling water and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

4.  Add butter mixture to the flour/sugar mixture in the kitchenaid and mix.  Add 1/2 c. buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

Pour into greased cookie sheet.   Bake in a 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes before frosting.


1/2 cup butter (1 cube)
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 - 4 c. powdered sugar

In the same saucepan as you used earlier, melt cube of butter.  Whisk in cocoa powder, milk and vanilla. Turn off heat. Whisk in powdered sugar (use as much as you'd like until you get the consistency you like).  I like it more on the thin side instead of so thick you have to spread it, usually about 3 cups.

Pour frosting over warm cake and smooth to cover all the cake.  Cool completely and cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.