Friday, February 10, 2012

Texas Sheet Cake

Several years ago I asked family members to send me two or three of their favorite, go-to recipes so I could compile a cookbook. Dishes people requested, that they often took to potlucks, proven winners.

The results were better than I could have hoped for. Almost a hundred recipes went into a fifty page book which I had printed and then sent out to all the contributors. Good recipes. Excellent recipes. I use that cookbook a lot, and I’ve already shared some of my favorites on Hearth Cricket.

Here’s another one, from my second cousin’s wife. She originally got it from a San Antonio newspaper. It’s great for a crowd – especially a crowd that loves chocolate. And pecans.

cake batter 

Texas Sheet Cake

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine butter, water, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook at a simmer for two minutes. Add flour, sugar, salt, and blend well. Remove pan from heat and beat in eggs, sour cream, baking soda and vanilla until smooth. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10”x15” pan (I use a tall 9”x13” pan) and bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester can be removed cleanly. (Size of pan and altitude might increase baking time.)

Allow to cool in the pan, on a rack. Spread frosting over the cake in the pan, while still slightly warm.


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans.

Using the same saucepan as for the cake (don’t even have to wash it), combine butter, cocoa and milk. Bring just to a boil and let simmer one minute. Remove from the heat, add the sugar, vanilla and chopped nuts. Mix well.

Best thing with this cake? Vanilla ice cream, of course!

1 comment:

  1. Nice cake and frosting too. Would go good with moose tracks ice cream.