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Texas Sheet Cake

This is an oldie but goodie cake and easy cake!  I imagine most of you have heard of it, maybe even baked it.  But ~ it is, without a doubt, a great chocolate cake.  And who doesn’t like chocolate?

Texas Sheet Cake is a rich, dense, moist chocolate cake that is a cross between a brownie and cake, covered in a fudgy frosting.  What may make this recipe a little different from most of them is the addition of cinnamon.  It pairs perfectly with chocolate and gives a wonderful flavor to the cake. 

Here’s some chocolate fun:

Reasons Why a Chocolate is Better Than a Man

  • Chocolate’s not afraid to pull over and ask for directions.
  • After telling your chocolate bar all your worries you can simply eat it.
  • You can share chocolates with your best friend.
  • A bar of chocolate doesn't bore you by constantly talking about football.
  • Your mother will never disapprove of your choice of chocolate.
  • Chocolate will never tell you that you’re “getting a little chubby.”
  • No one's ever been jilted by a chocolate gateau


Reasons Why a Chocolate is Better Than a Woman

  • Chocolate never keeps you waiting.
  • Chocolate doesn't get jealous when you look at another chocolate bar.
  • You never have to buy a box of chocolates for a box of chocolates.
  • Chocolate doesn't talk incessantly while you're watching the football.
  • It doesn't expect you to remember the anniversary of the first time you met.
  • Chocolate never tries to chat up your best friend.
  • Chocolate isn't looking for a long term commitment.

And on with the recipe:

Texas Sheet Cake


2 sticks butter
1 cup water
4 tablespoons cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sour cream


Bring butter, water and cocoa to a boil.
Remove from heat.
Add flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon.
Beat in soda, eggs, vanilla and sour cream.
Pour onto large greased cookie sheet with sides of jelly roll pan, 10 ½” X 15 ½.”
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until a wooden pick comes out clean.



1 cup butter
4 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons milk
1 cup chopped pecans
1 box confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


Bring butter, cocoa and milk to a boil.
Remove from heat and add nuts, sugar and vanilla.
Spread over hot cake immediately.
Cool and serve

Mmmmm, chocolate!!!


  1. Funny post Pam! I love anything chocolate!

  2. There is no ingredient I love more than chocolate. I love finding new ways to make chocolate cake.

  3. I for one have never heard of Texas Sheet cake!! As a chocoholic I am sure I will love this recipe. Good post. Diane

  4. I love chocolate...this cake looks amazing! I've never heard of a Texas Sheet Cake!

  5. I have made this for over 30 years. The cinnamon is the trick. Best chocolate cake ever. I will have to check my recipe though. I do not remember ever adding the sour cream. I have always said, any baking with sour cream or cream cheese in it turns out excellent.

  6. I made this for the 1st time a while ago-so yummy!!!

  7. Fanny Pam!!
    Love your choco cake!!

  8. Well, I've never heard of this... but it is a perfect recipe and sooo eashy!

  9. I need to check the recipe, but this sounds like the birthday cake my Mom makes for me every year=it's awesome and I LOVE it!...It's so decadent it's a good thing I only get it twice a year=at Christmas too!...Hope you have a great weekend Pam.

  10. I couldn't hep but chuckle as I read this post...I made this cake a few years ago from a recipe in Southern was wonderful!

  11. Way too funny! I made PW's version and took it to work disappeared!

  12. Haha... cute! I've never made a Texas Sheet Cake... it looks perfect to have when you have a lot of company around!

  13. Right up my alley! All I need now is an ice cold glass of milk, with a big hunk of that cake!

  14. This is my favorite all time cake...I've been making it almost 40 years! The cinnamon flavors the cake wonderfully.Yours looks perfect.
    I don't think I could live without chocolate! :)

  15. that looks real your comments about chocolate...LOL!!!

  16. Been making this for years and years and by that name, but have heard other names also. I always put pecans on top of the frosting. And then it is called Texas Pecan Sheetcake. Delish!!
    Yes Pioneer Woman has it, suprised she didn't call it Oklahoma Sheetcake. LOL

  17. Dear Pam,
    It looks so decadent!!!! My mouth is getting wetter and wetter, I better go away...
    Hope you have a lovely weekend,

  18. Pam this recipe sounds wonderful, chocolate is absolutely delicious!
    Have a nice weekend Pam, gloria

  19. Cute post, love the chocolate reasons....
    Just hand over that cake, like now...oh, and a fork....and nobody gets hurt!
    Nobody gets cake either....except, maybe me. He hee!

  20. I've never seen this before, but I am instantly in love. Brownies are one of my favorites. A slice of this and a glass of milk and many of the ills of the world might be cured.

  21. Chocolate is such a cure-all! Even though this is a whole sheet cake it wouldn't last long in my house. We are serious cake lovers and this looks irresistible!

  22. Chocolate is right up there with wine, babies and puppies. It makes us feel good.

    Can you believe I've never made a Texas sheet cake? I'm going to have to change that pronto!

  23. You are so silly, Pam! I LOVE chocolate...its my weakness...this recipe is my weakness! Have a great weekend, enjoy your cake and eat it too!

  24. Pam, I used to make this cake for church affairs. It is really great and I hope all your readers will give it a try. I remember it being on the sweet side which is probably why so many folks like it. I hope you are having a great day. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Blessings...Mary

  25. Nothing is better than a good sheet cake! I am officially in a sugar coma. And happy about it.

  26. Linda, thanks! Me too!

    M, if you love chocolate you will have to try this cake!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, this recipe is definitely a keeper for chocoholic cake lovers! It's easy and fudgy!

    Autumn @Good Eats Girl, you should try this since it's a new recipe to you ~ it's great!

    Susan, I'm sure I've been making it that long also. :-) I think a lot of recipes use buttermilk but, the sour cream gives it great texture. Love this cake!

    Kris, I hear you! Wish I could pass along a slice to you!

    Holly, great! You know exactly what I mean, it's a wonderful cake!

    Zia Elle, it's a keeper! You have a good day!

    lostpastremembered, now you have to try it and find out how delicious it is!

    Jacqueline, it is decadent and I know why your mother baked it for your birthday; it's perfect for celebrations or any time, for that matter! Have a good day!

    Angie's Recipes, you're right! If this doesn't get someone in a good mood, I don't know what would!

    Bo, yes! I've seen it Southern Living many times. It is one of my favorite magazines that I've had a subscription to for more years than I care to think about. ;)

    Julie, way to go! I know how fast it can disappear and I bet your co-workers love you!

    Karen, thanks! Yes, it is great for a crowd, easy to slice and eat!

    Dishesdone, LOL! Let me guess ~ you're a chocoholic also and know a good thing!

    Lynda, it seems like I've been making it forever myself. It's an oldie but goody that everyone should try!

    Sandi, thanks! A little humor always helps!

    Dodie, yes I've heard it by other names also, one of them being Texas Sheath Cake. LOL with PW! Bet she wishes it was her original as she loves to promote Oklahoma. Love her recipes!

    Salsa Verde, LOL! Just so you don't drool on your keyboard! Have a great weekend!

    mr. pineapple man: Oh, it tastes amazing also! Thanks!

    Gloria, thanks! It's right there in chocolate heaven for sure! Very rich with a strong chocolate taste.

    Corgidogmama, LOL! I don't want to get hurt so the fork is on its way to you! Sounds like you love cake as much as I do! ;)

    Buttercup, this would cure many things, I'm sure. You will have to try it since it's new to you. Everyone should try it once at least!

    Cinnamon-Girl, it definitely does not last long. You will have to make it for your cake lovers.

    Mags, you're right with all the things but what about cats? You must bake it and get some of that chocolate deliciousness!

    À LA GRAHAM, yes I am and that's why I'm so happy! I've definitely eaten my share of the cake, no problem there! Have a good weekend!

    Mary, I hope you had a fine birthday with lots of celebrating with your great looking white cake! Yes, I hope more people experience it as it is incredibly chocolaty and delicious! Have a good day!

  27. Joanna, this is a good thing, sugar coma or not! Thanks and have a good weekend!

  28. Sounds incredible! I have never had this but have heard about it. I know I would love it!

    Love your man and woman versus chocolate

  29. Raina, it is delicious! Glad the post gave you a laugh! Thanks!

  30. Pam,
    Don't know if I've told you that I have been avoiding sugar and flour for almost 9 weeks now...this post...oh, sigh. I just ant to lay down and roll around in this texas sheet cake. oh my.
    xo, Cheryl

  31. This is such a classic, moist and full of chocolate flavor.

  32. Esme, thanks!

    Whosyergurl, yes I knew it! Good for you!!! Please pass your willpower over this way! Way to go and keep up the good work!

    Mimi, it is a classic, seems like it has been around forever!

  33. man my two sons will love this so glad I am all over your blog finding great recipes to try this ones a real keeper! love it :) oh and btw we are both taurus two sons taurus you need to move closer so I can be your taste tester yum!


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