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Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

A quick and easy popular Texas Sheet Cake Recipe that can be made in a snap. It is always a crowd pleaser!

The internet is filled with Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake Recipes but I am bringing you….

The Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake.

Heck yeah, y’all!

This cake is legit.

Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

One of my dear friends, Heidi, is a phenomenal baker. I used to live 4 houses down from her and when I would hear she was baking, I would be at her door in 30 seconds flat. Her signature baked good is her Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake. It’s what she is known for because she has mastered it. There is an art to chocolate cake baking, people!

Thankfully, she shares her recipes and she was kind enough to allow me to post this Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake on Modern Honey. We all thank you, Heidi! xo

The beauty of a Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake is how easy it is to make! There’s no worrying about stacking the layers, wondering if you are going to end up with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The cake batter is spread out into a large baking sheet and baked.

Once it comes out of the oven, you literally just pour frosting over the warm cake and spread it to the edges. It’s the perfect dessert to bring to a potluck because it can serve a lot of people without a lot of work! Let’s not forget that it’s a huge crowd pleaser. People love themselves some Texas Sheet Cake.

Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

How to make Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake:

  1. Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan. It helps to dissolve the sugar crystals and create a creamy texture. No grainy sugar in this cake! You don’t even need to bring out the mixer.
  2. Buttermilk is one of the most underrated items in baking. It creates unbelievable texture without all of the fat of heavy cream. It’s a huge difference maker in a cake and an integral part of this recipe.
  3. The frosting is made with simple ingredients – butter, cocoa, powdered sugar, and a touch of buttermilk. You can substitute heavy cream for a richer frosting. The buttermilk and heavy cream are the game changers in the frosting.

It’s the easiest homemade cake on the planet. It’s famous around these parts for a reason. It’s time-tested, kid and adult approved.

Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

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Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
Time tested, kid and adult approved. Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake is the ultimate crowd pleaser!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs

Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 3 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk or Heavy Cream


  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.
  • Add hot water. Bring to a boil for 30 seconds. Turn off heat.Pour into flour mixture and stir.
  • Add vanilla, buttermilk, and eggs and fold into mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan (approximately 18 x 13). Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • While cake is baking, make the chocolate frosting. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa. Stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and buttermilk or heavy cream. Stir together. Pour over warm cake.
  • Cut into squares.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Keyword: chocolate texas sheet cake
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Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

If you are asked to bring a dessert to a potluck or want to wow people with your cake making skills, then this Best Dang Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake is for you!

How to make the best chocolate texas sheet cake. Moist chocolate cake with rich chocolate frosting is always a huge hit!

Happy Baking, my friends!

Hi, I'm Melissa Stadler!

I am an Award-Winning Recipe Creator. Cover of Food Network Magazine. Two-Time Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist. I am passionate about sharing the best recipes so you have success in the kitchen!

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  1. Pam- Just a quick question … do you bake this in a jelly roll size pan and do you grease your pan first? During these tough times I am trying to help do the desserts for weekly meals for people on the front lines – 300 a week – so I want recipes that make a lot. Thanks much. These sound wonderful!

  2. I have made this so many times! It’s my go-to for church potlucks and everybody loves it!

  3. I love Texas Sheet Cake. The recipe I have been making since about 1973 is almost exactly like yours. Just the butter amount is different. Mine calls for 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup oil…everything else is exact. I bet they taste the same and I agree it is the best ever. I was a new nurse just out of school and started working at the hospital. An elderly nurse brought this to a covered dish once and I was hooked. Your photography is amazing. I have been enjoying your videos too.

    1. 5 stars
      Ooh Pam, I am going to have to try your recipe too! You know that I believe that everything is better with butter! I love that you remember getting this cake for the first time. You are a true foodie, Pam! Also, I didn’t know that you were a nurse. That is so awesome! xo