Texas Sheet Cake

Anyone who likes chocolate will enjoy this cake-like brownie.  Very easy to put together and serves quite a few when you are entertaining.  There are many different versions of this recipe and my recipe goes back perhaps 35 years.  I will eventually try a Weight Watcher’s version and post it.

Texas Sheet Cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa (I use Callebaut)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Combine dry ingredients.  Bring water and cocoa to a rapid boil and pour over dry ingredients.  Add melted butter, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla and mix well.

Pour into a greased 13×9-inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched.  I needed to bake this an extra 10 minutes for the center to be done.


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa, sifted
  • 6 tbsp. buttermilk
  • 1 (16 oz.) box of confectioners’ sugar (sifted)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Bring butter, cocoa and buttermilk to a rapid boil.  Add confectioners’ sugar, mix well and let stand for 5 minutes.   Should the frosting be a little lumpy pour through a sieve and press out any sugar that did not blend well.   Frost cake while warm and sprinkle nuts on top (optional).

Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju.com  

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2 thoughts on “Texas Sheet Cake

  1. You were so right about the similarities of the recipe, Aunt Juju. It’s so great that your recipe is 35 years old- tried and tested time & again. No wonder Ree uses this too! )


    • There are many recipes that have been around a long time and this cake is a definite keeper. Through the years people add their own twist. This recipe I posted a couple of years ago and I certainly need to make it again for a better picture – 🙂


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