Texas Cake

©MakeMineLemon - Texas Cake

©MakeMineLemon – Texas Cake

Remember chocolate Texas Cake.  I don’t know where it originated.  I just know it has been around for years.  I remember seeing it in a community cookbook.  You know the ones with a spiral binding sold by the little league or the church club or PTA.  I just remember when I was very young it was at every barbecue and every fish fry, and every community picnic.  I am not sure why it is called Texas Cake unless it is big as Texas.  It is made in a halfsheet pan.  I just know it has staying power and for that reason alone it deserves acknowledgment.

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What is so great about it is, besides that it taste good, it is so simple to put together, and almost no skills required.  This is an ideal cake if you have a young one learning to bake.

©MakeMineLemon - Mixing Texas Cake

©MakeMineLemon – Mixing Texas Cake

I forgot to take photos of the mise en place, but I did remember to catch one while mixing.  This cake goes together a little differently than most where you cream the sugar and butter, then add eggs and vanilla, and then the dry, alternating wet and dry, ending in dry.  With this cake you mix all the dry in a bowl, you mix the wet in another bowl, and you mix the cocoa, butter, and warm water in another bowl.  Then combine all; the buttermilk/egg/vanilla mixture last.

©MakeMineLemon - Texas Cake and Frosting

©MakeMineLemon – Texas Cake and Frosting

The frosting is cooked to bring the cocoa, butter together, then add powdered sugar, vanilla, and nuts.  I toasted the pecans for seven minutes before adding them to the frosting just to squeeze out a little more flavor.

©MakeMineLemon - Texas Cake

©MakeMineLemon – Texas Cake

It will feed a crowd.  It is inexpensive. It is chocolate so you can count on it being one of the first cakes to go.  It is minimal work.

Now that I have downsized I halved the recipe.  I make it in a quarter-sheetpan.  It still makes a lot of cake, but I can usually convince company to take a slice or two home.

©MakeMineLemon - Texas Cake Portioned

©MakeMineLemon – Texas Cake Portioned

If you are looking for a trouble free dessert make this cake.  It will free you up to make a little more complicated main course.  If you don’t want to make something more complicated, then it will give you time to put your feet up before company arrives.

©MakeMineLemon - Have a slice of Texas Cake

©MakeMineLemon – Have a slice of Texas Cake

If it is your turn to provide dessert think about taking this along.  You will be a star.

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Texas Cake
  • CAKE:
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups water
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup low fat (2%) milk (and a bit more if needed)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (or way more, like a cup to 1½ cups)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Mise en place ~ Gather Ingredients
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Coat a 15 x 10 inch jellyroll pan with spray.
  4. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl: stir well with a whisk.
  5. In a small bowl, stir buttermilk, vanilla and eggs and give it a little stir.
  6. In a small saucepan, combine the water, the butter and ¼ cup of cocoa.
  7. Bring the saucepan to a simmer, stirring frequently.
  8. Remove it from the heat.
  9. Pour the hot chocolate mixture into flour mixture: stir to incorporate.
  10. At first it looks rather stiff, but with a few more turns of the wrist it comes together.
  11. Add the buttermilk mixture; until well combined.
  12. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 17 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  13. Place the pan on a wire rack.
  14. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Spread on hot cake. Cool.
I halved the recipe and baked it in a quarter sheet pan.
I toasted the pecans in the oven to increase the flavor.

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37 Responses to Texas Cake

  1. Yes…I remember that cake! It’s so good and moist! Thanks for sharing the recipe since I am not sure if I have it anywhere! Hugs…Debbie

  2. I too, remember that cake. I had misplaced my recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it today. I can make this for my Bunco group the month and will have tie to put up my feet for a few seconds before the girls arrive.
    Thanks again, Ginger

  3. Wow, did I ever miss some keys while typing. I will make this cake for my Bunco group THIS month and will have TIME to put up my feet.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Sometimes autocorrect is a little too helpful. My niece told me she did not care for the cinnamon so I thought I might try a little instant espresso since I heard that it enhances the chocolate. Then she emailed me and said it was really rich and creamy so I think it is good either way. I hope your guest enjoy.

  4. Anita says:

    This is a cake you can count on being good and feeding a crowd, love this one!

  5. I love Texas sheet cake! Thanks for reminding me that this treat is simple to put together…and delicious, too!

  6. It looks yummy and your teapot is gorgeous.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Thank you for visiting. I got the pot in a box of stuff no one wanted at an estate sale. Along with some lonely plates that are just wonderful. I paid $1 for all. That does not happen to me often, but I skipped home that day.

  7. Jayne says:

    I’ve never had this cake and never heard of it till now! Think that’s because I’m up in New England. But it looks delicious and will be perfect to bring to a picnic. I love cinnamon and that combined with the chocolate and pecans makes my mouth water!!!

  8. YUM! Even though I just made this, I’m craving it again after looking at your photos! I had to laugh because I made mine in two pans and froze one thinking we’d have too much cake. The next day the first cake was GONE and we were pulling the second one out. That one lasted even less time and the little ones didn’t even get any so it can’t be blamed on them! Yes, Texas cake is always a winner! Love your toasted pecans!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I can’t believe you would comment about my photos since you two are the champions. I only wish I could be half the photographer as Scott. I would love to learn to make that drizzle you make on your cakes.

  9. bj says:

    I grew up on Texas Sheet Cake and still make it to this day. I take it to home fellowship gatherings, I serve it at Thanksgiving, Christmas and “JUST BECAUSE….
    It’s my favorite cake in the whole wide world….and not because my mama made it for me nearly all my LOOOONG life but because it’s just. good. cake.
    Over from Mrs. Olson’s…
    and I looked for a Google Friends Connect link that I could follow you thru but didn’t find it…???

  10. One of my all time, take along, favorite cakes:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  11. Always fun with new recipes – one can never have too many chocolate cake recipes lol
    Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Welcome Pernilla, Thank you for stopping by. Please try the cake, there is a reason it has been around for years. 🙂

  12. Monique says:

    It looks particularly appetizing on that beaded plate:)
    Love half recipes!

  13. Jann Olson says:

    Oh. yes, the famous Texas sheet cake. I remember people making it a lot. Even though I don’t really care for chocolate cake a piece of this now and then really does hit the spot. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. I’m having house guests all next week and I’m sure they would enjoy the tasty cake. 🙂

  15. Lilly's Mom says:

    Oh, this looks so yummy. And, yes it does bring back memories. The addition of the pecans is a great idea.

  16. Yummm!

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  17. Miz Helen says:

    This is a great cake and one of my kids favorites, our family just loves this classic! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. I love this recipe, it is so yummy good. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  19. Anyonita says:

    Oh, I remember Texas sheet cake from my childhood! You always knew it was going t be a good party or church fellowship when someone walked in with a Texas sheet cake! 🙂 lol I’ve never tried to make one on my own before, and I’m really intrigued in giving your recipe a try! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I followed you here from the party at plaid & paisley kitchen, btw. Also, I’d like to invite you to link up with me at Tasty Tuesdays: http://goo.gl/c0vwvN

  20. This looks like such a yummy cake! Thanks for linking up your post to The Weekend re-Treat on The Best Blog Recipes last weekend!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your post to my Link Party Recipes/Craft Boards.

    Hope to see you at the party that just went live tonight 🙂


  21. I have never made this but will need to now – it looks deelish!!

  22. Miz Helen says:

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a good week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  23. I remember an aunt of my ex making this cake for family get togethers. I am enjoying your blog. And I have to get the heck off of it right this minute as you are making me too hungry 🙂

  24. Lucy says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve had this exact cake or at least one very similiar. My mother-in-law makes it but it’s not called Texas Cake, which I find kind of funny since we are in Texas. Anyways, it looks delicious and I’m pinning it. Maybe I’ll surprise my mother-in-law and make it for her.
    Thanks for linking up to Saturday Dishes.

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