Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

When I was growing up, we lived in Texas twice, and that’s when my mom got her recipe for Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake.  Luckily,  she passed it on to me.  It’s the cinnamon that helps make it irresistible.  I don’t make it very often, because I can eat a lot of it!  We made this one at the lodge, and I didn’t have the right size pan, but it was still good.  And if you think that this cake is not worth the trouble – you’re just wrong – what else can I say?!

texas chocolate sheet cake

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 16-20


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 room temp eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Icing
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 TBSP whole milk
  • 4 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1 lb powdered sugar (less about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour and the next 4 ingredients.
  3. In a pan melt together butter, cocoa, and water. Bring to a boil and pour over flour mixture. Mix together.
  4. In a small bowl mix together buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour over rest of cake ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour into greased 16x11 pan. Bake about 20 minutes, or until center is just set.
  6. Icing
  7. 5 minutes before cake is done baking, in a small pan, melt butter, milk and cocoa together. Bring to a boil, then stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  8. Pour over hot cake, and spread around.
  9. Eat it hot, warm, room temp, or cold - doesn't matter, it's just good!


  1. Nancy Hodges says:

    You think you’ll be making another one soon!

  2. Glenda Dwyer says:

    Sounds fantastic! I have a similar recipe that I no longer make because I can’t afford the calories, but I can still remember how good it tasted. I actually discarded it when I was assembling the big cook book for my daughter-in-law so I would no longer be tempted. g

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