Texas Sheet Cake featured imageTexas Sheet Cake is one of my favorite chocolate cakes from my mother’s recipe book that she’s had for years! It’s another one of those recipes where I have no idea where it originated from, I just know I like eating it. One thing that makes it so delicious is the frosting has coffee in it! So we used Costa Rica Mission Arabica coffee for this particular recipe and found the chocolate flavors in the coffee helped bring out the chocolatey-ness of the cake as well (yes…chocolatey-ness…I think I just made up a new word!!!) We did not use nuts for this recipe either, but I think nuts might make it prettier! Lastly, I used a dark cocoa for both the cake and frosting, but you don’t have to. Let us know if you try any different variations of this recipe and also tell us how you like it!

Texas Sheet Cake

  • Cake
  • 2 C flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 C buttermilk (to make: 1 Tbsp vinegar and add milk until it measures 1/2 C)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • Frosting
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 Tbsp liquid coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb powder sugar (or until desired thickness)
  • 1 C chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a cookie sheet pan.
  3. Next, in a small mixing bowl, sift 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of sugar, and 1/2 tsp of baking soda together. Set aside.
  4. In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, 4 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
  5. Pour boiling cocoa mixture over the flour mixture.
  6. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  7. Pour the batter onto the sheet pan, making sure it is evenly covering the pan.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
  9. To make the frosting, bring 4 tablespoons of cocoa, 1 stick of butter, and 6 tablespoons of brewed coffee to a boil in a small saucepan.
  10. Add vanilla and remove from the heat.
  11. Add the powdered sugar slowly until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. You can also add nuts if you want them.
  12. Spread the frosting over the warm cake.

 

Step By Step Instructions With Photos

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a cookie sheet pan.
flour in bowl
Next, in a small mixing bowl, sift 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of sugar, and 1/2 tsp of baking soda together. Set aside.

pouring chocolate over flour
In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, 4 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Pour boiling cocoa mixture over the flour mixture.

mixing together all ingredients
Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.

pouring batter onto sheet pan
Pour the batter onto the sheet pan, making sure it is evenly covering the pan.

batter in sheet pan
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

frosting ingredients in pan
To make the frosting, bring 4 tablespoons of cocoa, 1 stick of butter, and 6 tablespoons of brewed coffee to a boil in a small saucepan. Add vanilla and remove from the heat.

adding sugar to chocolate mixture
Add the powdered sugar slowly until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. I personally thought I may have added too much sugar, but my guests ended up loving the cake and said it was perfect. So just remember too much sugar for you might not be too much for someone else! You can also add nuts if you want them. I wasn’t sure if any of my guests coming had a nut allergy so I left them off. Once the frosting is made, spread as much as you want over the warm cake. You can eat it warm with gooey icing or like I did, place it in the refrigerator for the frosting to set.

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Esther Cobb : I’m a wife to an incredible man and mother of three beautiful girls. I love to play the piano, craft in my own little way, cook and of course drink coffee!! I am a pastor’s wife and love being in the ministry with him. I’m glad I get to support my brother, Adam Holroyd, along with Chris and Gabe, in this incredible journey of providing people in other countries a better lifestyle.
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