Texas Sheet Cake on a white plate

Texas Sheet Cake

This Texas Sheet Cake is so simple to make! It's one of my favorite cake recipe, its rich and chocolatey and bakes in just 20 minutes. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Texas Sheet Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 475 kcal
Author Jennie Duncan


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


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup pecans (chopped)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a sheet cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. 

  2. Combine flour, sugar, and salt. Set aside for later. 

  3. In a sauce pan melt butter with unsweetened cocoa powder and once melted add water and ring to a boil then remove from heat.

  4. Add melted butter mixture to your flour mixture and mix until just combined.

  5. In mixing bowl whisk buttermilk with egg, baking soda, and vanilla. Add then to your other mixture and mix together. Add this to your sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.


  1. Melt butter and whisk in milk and unsweetened cocoa powder. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Mix in vanilla extract.

  2. Add in powdered sugar and mix until well combined. Last add in chopped pecans.

  3. Pour over warm cake and allow to cool before serving.

Recipe Notes

Making Ahead Instructions:

The best way to make a texas sheet cake ahead of time is to prepare and bake your cake the day before and make your frosting the day of. The frosting gets hard as it cools so adding it to the cake while still warm is the best way to get it on. 

Prepare and bake your cake. Allow it to cool then cover with plastic wrap or foil and place in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you are ready to serve prepare frosting and pour onto cake. Allow frosting to cool then serve. 

Nutrition Facts
Texas Sheet Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 332mg14%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 56g62%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.