Sunday, January 12, 2014

This Cake..... Texas Sheeeet Cake

This Cake.
So Simple.
So Good.
I am not even a Texan.
I am an Ohioan.
But, if this is what cake tastes like in Texas.
I wanna live there.
This is actually an old recipe of my grandmother.
She was not from Texas either.
But, this cake was always my favorite.
Except when she made it for my cousin who shall remain nameless.
She would eat the whole pan herself. 
And I would cry.
Moral of the story- share!
Trust me- there is plenty to share.  

I have made this cake countless times.
There are many variations out there.
They all involve baking the cake in a jelly roll pan. 
And buttermilk is key.
Some recipes have nuts mixed in the icing.
I like mine with just chocolate.
And the cake must be moist.  Moist.  I cringed a little as I said it the second time.  

See that bite.
Perfect ratio of cake to icing.  

So- instead of starting a diet you are going to quit in 30 days...
Make some cake.
Enjoy a piece and bring the rest into work.
Or to your sister in law's...... I thinks she hates me now.  :)


Texas Sheet Cake
1 cup butter
1 cup water
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup buttermilk
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 recipe chocolate and buttermilk frosting

In medium saucepan combine butter, water and cocoa.  Cook and stir until mixture comes to boil.   Removed from heat and set aside.    In a bowl, stir together flour, sugar, soda and salt.  Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.   Beat until smooth.  Stir batter into cocoa mixture and pour into floured and greased pan with side (15x10x1inch).   Bake for 20 minutes (or less) at 400 degrees.

4 Tbs butter
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup buttermilk

Bring butter, cocoa and buttermilk to a boil.  Stir in 1 Tbs vanilla and 2 ¼ cup sifted powdered sugar.  Immediately pour over cake.  

** I double the frosting recipe, but I do it because  I like a thick layer of frosting on my cake.  


  1. Hmmmm I haven't had any in years yours looks great. My Texan says you did it well.
    X's & O's

  2. Hmmmm yours looks great. I haven't had any in years. My Texan says you did it well, he doesn't like nuts in his frosting either. I like mine with pecans.
    X's and O's

  3. I think I just gained 5 lbs by just looking at this. It looks perfect!

  4. Mmmm...looks yummy! Might have to make one for my co-workers. :-)

  5. Never met a Texas sheetcake I didn't like! My sister used to always make them for her kids birthdays. I haven't had one in for ever! I think I might just make one!!

  6. Come live in Texas. We can be besties & go eat fab food together. This cake looks delicious. Confession: I live in Texas and I've never made a Texas sheet cake. LOL

    1. Melissa- It has been soooo cold in Ohio. I am about to pack a bag right now and head over to your place. We would have a blast though. :)