Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe makes a cake delicious, decadent cake that is terrific for a crowd.

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe. Buttermilk is in the homemade from scratch chocolate sheet cake and the Chocolate Fudge Frosting.

I was introduced to this Texas Sheet Cake Recipe in the late 1960's, when our family was camping and cooking on Yaupon Beach in North Carolina, a long way from Texas, where it is alleged to have originated.

Yes, we were allowed camping on the beach back in the day. What fun!

A local resident lady brought this cake to the party and we thought it was amazing!

It was so light, moist and full of yummy chocolate flavor.

She gave me the recipe handwritten on an index card that simply read, Chocolate Cake Recipe.

Years later, I saw this exact recipe listed in cookbooks and magazines called Texas Sheet Cake.

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 sticks butter or margarine

  • 4 tablespoon cocoa

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

Stir together first four ingredients in mixing bowl.

Melt butter in a saucepan.

Add cocoa and water.

Bring to boil and pour over dry ingredients.

Stir in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.

Blend well.

Pour into a greased and floured baking sheet cake pan* and bake in a preheated oven 350 F. for 20-25 minutes until done.

Test if done by inserting a knife into center of pan. The knife should come out clean. (Do not overcook).

Remove the cake from the oven leaving it in the pan to frost immediately, while it is still warm.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

  • 1 stick butter

  • 6 tablespoon buttermilk

  • 4 tablespoon cocoa

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 lb. powdered sugar

  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat.

Add buttermilk and cocoa.

Blend well and stir in vanilla.

Then add powdered sugar and stir until well blended.

Fold in nuts.

Frost cake immediately.

Serve warm or cold.

*You can use several sizes of sheet cake pans for baking this cake.

I bake it in a 13" x 9" x 2" deep pan.

I prefer my layers to be thicker.

Many folks use a 15" x 11" pan because they prefer the cake to be thinner or they want to cut it into more (smaller) serving sizes.

A few folks bake it in an 18" x 13" size pan.

This makes it look more like a "cake type" brownie.

When using the larger, thinner size pans. adjust your baking time down 5 minutes or more.

Watch it carefully.

A Little History For You

Historians cannot agree when or where the Texas Sheet Cake Recipe originated or why it was given the name of the state.

One detailed and thoroughly researched online website states that the name "Texas Sheet Cake" began appearing in the mid 1980s.

Yet, I received a handwritten copy of this recipe, excluding it's name in the 1960s, as mentioned above.

So, that date is not accurate.

The same historical website lists a cake recipe called "Mrs. Elkins' Sheath Cake".

The only difference in my cake and Mrs. Elkins' is she used 1/2 margarine and 1/2 shortening for the fat.

She also listed 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in the ingredients.

I believe my recipe came from the publication of her recipe published by: --Mrs. William P. Dilworth, III

---Hunstville Heritage Cookbook [Junior League of Hunstville Inc.:Hunstville AL] 1967 (p. 260)

Around the time of this publication sheet cakes were also called sheath cakes.

No one knows why they were called that either.

So, this amazing Texas Sheet Cake Recipe remains a Mystery!

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