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This Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe is delicious! Full of rich, chocolate flavor with a butter and pecan chocolate frosting that is fantastic.

I like to make my Texas Sheet Cake in a 13″ x 9 ” pan because it is perfect for transporting to a potluck or barbecue, but you can certainly use a jelly roll pan too!

Texas Sheet Cake

Hello Friends! 

I just had a birthday last week and in the spirit of that, I am sharing my favorite Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe. This is truly one of my favorite cakes of all time. 

Today’s recipe is an easy one when you are looking for a deliciously decadent chocolate dessert that chocolate lovers will enjoy. This moist cake with chocolate pecan icing might just be my favorite cake recipe. Perfect for birthday celebrations too! This recipe takes a few steps and a few bowls, but I promise it is worth it! Check out this video just above for an overview.


Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

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This recipe just takes a few pantry ingredients and a few select ingredients:

Flour – I used all-purpose flour for this recipe. I have not tried making this with cake flour. 

Unsweetened Cocoa – I often will use the generic brand of unsweetened cocoa and it works wonderfully. No need to purchase an expensive brand.

ButtermilkTexas sheet cake with buttermilk is truly best, but if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can substitute a mixture of 1/2 cup of milk with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. The lemon juice will curdle the milk a bit.

Butter – I love using real butter for my recipes, margarine will work too, but life is short so why not butter?

How to Make a Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

The full recipe follows, but here is a step by step overview of the process:

how to make a texas sheet cake instructions chocolate

1. Add powdered chocolate to butter. 

2. Melt butter in a sauce pan and add chocolate.

3. Cook until boiling. 

Texas sheet cake batter

4. Meanwhile, mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. 

5. Add melted chocolate mixture to bowl. 

6. In a small bowl, make buttermilk and egg blend. 

Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake recipe

7. Mix blend.

8. Add the blend to the chocolate batter and mix well.

9. Pour batter into a  pan and bake until done.

Baked Texas sheet cake


Don’t forget to bookmark this recipe – it is a favorite in our home!


Best Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

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This Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe is delicious! Full of rich, chocolate flavor with a butter and pecan chocolate frosting that is fantastic.


  • 2 cups  flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


    1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Set aside.

    2. In a large saucepan, heat 1 cup butter, the water, and unsweetened cocoa to boiling. Remove from heat.

    3. Pour chocolate mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.

    4. In a small bowl, add buttermilk, baking soda, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and the eggs; stir until well blended. Add to a large bowl and blend with cake batter.

    5. Pour cake batter into pan, spreading evenly.

    6. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

    7. Let sit 5 minutes and frost.

Texas Sheet Cake Frosting

1/4 cup butter

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

3 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup pecans, chopped.

Meanwhile, in another saucepan (or rinse out the one you used for the cocoa), heat 1/2 cup butter, 3 tablespoons baking cocoa and the milk to simmering. Remove from heat. Beat in powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla with whisk until smooth. Stir in chopped pecans.

Pour frosting over hot cake. Cool completely before cutting, about 1 hour.


timesaving tips to streamline recipes

  • This recipe is quicker if you have the dry ingredients measured ahead of time.
  • Pre chop the pecans. You can store chopped nuts in the freezer and they keep well up to about a year.  

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Wednesday 26th of May 2021

In the frosting recipe it says 1/4 cup butter, but in the directions it calls for 1/2 cup butter. Just wondering which is correct as I would like to make this cake for my husband this weekend for his birthday. Cake looks awesome. Thanks


Wednesday 26th of May 2021

Start with 1/4 cup of butter. If it is too dry, add a little butter. it is different dependent on altitudes and climaate. Happy birthday to your hubby!


Friday 14th of May 2021

Oh this looks so decadent and chocolately! Just my kind of cake!

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Wednesday 19th of August 2020

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Thursday 30th of July 2020

Awww! Birthday twins!! We have all these ingredients. I wound up just buying a few slices of cake from a local bakery. Scarlet and Cassidy really wanted to bake for me but our oven broke, I don't normally like cake, and I was being tested for gestational diabetes that same week (why did I plan that?), so I wasn't feeling cake. I would have been feeling this, though.

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