I have loved Texas Sheet Cake since I was a little girl. It wasn’t something my mom made, but I had a couple of friends and their moms made it fairly often. It wasn’t until my children were grown that I ever started making it.
Slow Down A Bit
I have found that as I get older I am trying new things. It might be new recipes or hobbies that I am now engaging in. I am also picking back up some things I used to do but for some reason wasn’t doing anymore or as often. Reading is one such thing that I don’t do near as much as I used to. Growing up and into my young adult life I was an avid reader. I always had a book with me. It wasn’t until recently that I have been reading a lot more.
Why is that? I think, at least for me, the busyness of life just got in the way. I was busy raising children, helping my husband rehab houses, moving us all over the place with my husband’s corporate jobs, going back into the workforce for myself as our children got into high school, running our children to different activities and most recently helping with my mother and father-in-law through some health issues.
It wasn’t until recently, after starting our blog Small Town Living USA that I have been able to find time to renew old passions and pursue new ones. It has been so much fun trying my hand at so many new things and enjoying lost ones.
Give Me The Recipe Already!
So all of that to get around to saying that I now am making the Texas Sheet Cake from my childhood. This recipe is from my sister, Janel. She started making it in her adult life also. Go us!
If you have never had Texas Sheet Cake it is kind of a twist between chocolate cake and a brownie. It is absolutely delicious! If you like chocolate cake and brownies then I promise that you will also like Texas Sheet Cake!
I have to say that Texas Sheet Cake is not the most glamorous of cakes that you can make, but it most definitely is one of the tastiest cakes you will ever eat!
Don’t Use a Normal Cake Pan
You will need a 13×18 inch sheet cake pan for this recipe. This is a flat cake and it doesn’t rise much at all. This is one cake that you don’t want to rise!
Texas Sheet Cake
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 sticks salted butter
- 4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 extra large eggs beaten
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 3/4 sticks salted butter
- 4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa
- 6 TBSP whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt 2 sticks of butter. After they are melted add in 4 TBSP of cocoa and stir until dissolved. Add boiling water and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil for 45 seconds. Pour over the flour mixture that was set aside earlier. Stir slightly and set aside.
- In a small bowl add the buttermilk, beaten eggs, baking soda and vanilla and stir until just combined. Add this mixture to the butter and chocolate mixture that was set aside earlier and stir until well combined.
- Pour into an ungreased 13 x 18 inch sheet cake pan. Bake for 18 minutes.
- While the cake is baking you will want to make the frosting. You will add the hot frosting to the hot cake.
- In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt 1 3/4 sticks of butter. Once the butter is melted add 4 TBSP unsweetend cocoa. Stir until well combined. Turn the heat to low and add the whole milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. Stir together until well combined. Continue to stir after it is well combined for several minutes over low heat. The mixture should be smooth.
- Pour the hot frosting directly over the cake, after the cake has been removed from the oven. You may need to spread the frosting over the cake a little to help it cover the entire cake.
- Let the cake set for about 2 hours before cutting. Enjoy!
We cannot begin to tell you how delicious this cake is! A large glass of cold milk goes really well with this scrumptious Texas Sheet Cake.
I am so glad to be back in the kitchen exploring new recipes now that my life has slowed down some and I have the time. Now I will take my cake and glass of milk, go sit in my favorite chair and enjoy it while I do a little reading.
Hopefully you get some time to start enjoying new and old things also. Discovery and rediscovery is such a fun thing! Have an awesome day!