Texas Sheet Cake

In efforts to diversify the recipes on Oinkcooking, I begged for ideas from my friends on what to include. There were quite a few requests for desserts. I am not a baker (I think I have mentioned that before). Baking and I don’t tend to get along. I can do simple cookies and cakes, but get more technical and I am ready to head to the bakery to get what I need instead. That’s why I love my mom’s Texas Sheet Cake recipe! It is easy…like SUPER EASY!

A recipe I am sure she acquired a a church recipe exchange in the 80’s, it was a favorite whenever she made it. I even called her to let her know I made one for Oinkcooking and she responded with “Oh I love that cake. It is so easy and tastes so good. I haven’t made it in years.” I am sure she’d be proud how mine turned out…I sure am!

I was curious to hear more about the Texas Sheet Cake – where it originated, what time period, etc. It seems nobody really knows, but in this great article from the Dallas Morning News they say one of their research showed that it could have originated from former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. Who really knows where this came from, but springtime is here and people are gathering again in the nice weather! Bring this rich “little black dress of cakes” to the next gathering and soak in the gratitude!

Texas Sheet Cake

Ingredients for cake:

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

Ingredients for frosting:

1 stick butter
6 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons cocoa
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc.)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º.

Combine sugar, flour and salt in a large bowl. Set aside

In a saucepan, add 2 sticks of butter, 4 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil.

In a small bowl, beat together 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, baking soda and sour cream.

Combine all 3 mixtures into one and whisk together.

Spray a half sheet pan (one of my Top 11 Kitchen Accessories I Can’t Live Without) with a cooking spray. Pour mixture into pan and place in preheated oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes until center is done and toothpick comes out clean.

While cake is baking, make the frosting.

Heat 1 stick butter, 6 tablespoons of milk and 4 tablespoons cocoa until butter is melted (I did mine in a microwave for ease). Pour into medium sized bowl. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and chopped nuts. Mix well together with a whisk. 

When cake is done, let stand for 5 minutes. Pour frosting over the top and cover whole top (do it after the 5 minutes so that some of the frosting soaks into the cake). Let cake cool. Cut and serve.

Texas Sheet Cake
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Ingredients for cake
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. ½ teaspoon salt
  4. 2 stick butter
  5. 4 tablespoons cocoa
  6. 1 cup water
  7. 2 eggs
  8. ½ cup sour cream
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  11. Ingredients for frosting:

  12. 1 stick butter
  13. 6 tablespoons milk
  14. 4 tablespoons cocoa
  15. 4 cups powdered sugar
  16. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  17. 1 ½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Combine sugar, flour and salt in a large bowl. Set aside
  3. In a saucepan, add 2 sticks of butter, 4 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil.
  4. In a small bowl, beat together 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, baking soda and sour cream.
  5. Combine all 3 mixtures into one and whisk together.
  6. Spray a half sheet pan (one of my Top 11 Kitchen Accessories I Can't Live Without) with a cooking spray. Pour mixture into pan and place in preheated oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes until center is done and toothpick comes out clean.
  7. While cake is baking, make the frosting.
  8. Heat 1 stick butter, 6 tablespoons of milk and 4 tablespoons cocoa until butter is melted (I did mine in a microwave for ease). Pour into medium sized bowl. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and chopped nuts. Mix well together with a whisk.
  9. When cake is done, let stand for 5 minutes. Pour frosting over the top and cover whole top (do it after the 5 minutes so that some of the frosting soaks into the cake). Let cake cool. Cut and serve.
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