Texas Sheet Cake…

by Maria on June 7, 2011

…at least my family calls it Texas Sheet Cake. Your family might have a different name for it, but regardless of what you call it, this is an easy, delicious dessert you can mix up in a hurry. Not to mention there is a good chance you’ve got all the ingredients kick’in around in your kitchen, RIGHT NOW!

Besides the Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake my mom made all of the time while I was growing up. This was her other favorite go to cake when she had to have something in a hurry or when she didn’t have time to get to the store. This recipe comes from my Aunt Diane. It was a family favorite on her husbands side of the family and has been around for YEARS! I am sure almost all of you have had this at some point in your life and just incase you don’t have the recipe or have been looking for it I thought I’d post it for ya. Enjoy!

I made it yesterday and I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it was over half gone by bedtime, granted I did take a little to a neighbor, but I must admit I was personally responsible for most of the damage. It’s just so fudgy and yummy, I can’t stop. Tastes great with a scoop of ice cream on top too. :)

Texas Sheet Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups white sugar
2 cubes margarine or butter
1 cup water
4 tbsp cocoa powder
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour milk (1 tsp white vinegar and then the rest regular milk)
Mix flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl. In a sauce pan bring margarine, water and cocoa to a boil. Pour boiling mixture into flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Add eggs, milk soda and vanilla and mix until very smooth. Batter will be runny. Cook in a large baking sheet (I call it a cookie sheet.) Grease and flour the pan, but don’t use flour use cocoa powder. It works great on chocolate cake or brownies. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes. My oven only needs 28-30 minutes so watch it close. (It really depends on the pan you use.) A toothpick will come out clean when it is ready. Let cool and frost with following frosting recipe…

Fudgey Chocolate Frosting

1 cube butter
4 tbsp cocoa powder
5 tbsp milk
3 cups powdered sugar
Bring first three ingredients to a boil. Put powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Pour boiling mixture into the mixing bowl with the powdered sugar. Mix thoroughly until smooth. Put on cake while still warm so it will spread easily.

That’s it you’re done. Enjoy.


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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalie June 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

What do you mean by “cube” of butter? A stick of butter?


Destri June 7, 2011 at 9:47 am

Yes Natalie, I am pretty sure that is what she means, but I’ll see if I can confirm :)


Jenny June 8, 2011 at 9:19 am

Cooks.com says a cube of butter is 1 ounce or 2 tbsp.


Jenny June 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

Oops, then I found this…

half of the sites says it is 1 stick which is 1/2 cup or 8 oz. The other half says it is 1 oz which is 2 tbsp.

Some said a British cube is different from an American cube, so maybe that is why there are two answers.


Maria June 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Sorry, I am so used to calling it a cube I forget that means different things to different people. When I say cube it means a stick of butter or a half cup.


Lois Mickna May 25, 2012 at 6:11 am

Thank you for clearing up my doubts. I’m going to make this for our family reunion next month.


Ruth June 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Was going to ask about the cube. I’m sure I’ll work out what a stick is too. In Australia we only go by grams and ounces. Or cups of course.


Erin June 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm

For a twist of flavor…add a capful of mint extract to the frosting…YUMMM!!


Suzanne June 9, 2011 at 7:06 am

one of my favs to make and eat for sure!


Lori June 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I hadn’t made one of these for decades….yes,it’s true-
I’m kinda old…. Anyway, I had a piece someone
Else made and voila- it’s on the current baked
List bigtime- it’s also quite good without the
Frosting aka diet cake….
Ps do you mean buttermilk when you list sour


Tonya June 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Sounds yummy! I can’t wait. I’m making it fir an activity for church tomorrow! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow!! :-)


Melody July 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm

This recipe sounds great! Do you mean baking soda when you say “soda”. Cause I call pop/soft drinks soda. I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense to bake with a tsp of coke, but hey, I figured I better ask. :)


Jeanne June 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I’ve made this several times. It delicious and easy and very moist. The only difference is I use sour cream instead of making sour milk


Maria August 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

What a great idea.


Arleena K July 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I found your cake on Pintrest and loved the name and look of it. I then backtracked it to here to find the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing, I’ve been looking for a decent ‘sheet cake’ recipe to make for my hubby. He had one several years ago while working in a northern gold mining camp and has raved about it since then…now I can make him this one! Thanks again ( :


Katie July 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm

When you say soda, do you mean baking soda?


Destri July 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

So sorry for the delayed reply Katie! Yes, baking soda.


Debbie August 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I am so buummed. I just re read the recipe and missed the sour milk! I put milk injustice not sour! What’s going to be wrong with it? It’s cooling right now should I still ice it? Or start over?


Maria August 17, 2012 at 6:39 am

Oh bummer, but don’t fret, I am sure it will still be fine, just a little less moist and fluffy. The taste should still be very simialar.


nene November 13, 2012 at 12:16 am

Try adding 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon to your cake batter and crushed pecans or walnuts to frosting sssssooooooo good


Destri November 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Oh I bet that is! Thanks for sharing nene!


Maria November 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Sounds Awesome, Gonna have to try that. Thanks for the tip Nene.


Lyndsey November 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thank you for sharing. My Grandma passed away almost three years ago, but she baked this cake for me for every single one of my birthdays. I baked it last week (and again today as a birthday cake for my dad) and it brings back so many wonderful memories. Thank you.


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