Watch Cooking Channel

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe Texas Sheet Cake

There may be plenty of beauty queens in Texas, unfortunately this sheet cake isn’t one. But hey, it’s supposed to be about the inner beauty, right? Whether that’s the case or not, this classic recipe would still take home plenty of “Miss Congeniality” awards; it never fails to win over a crowd.

Texas sheet cake is an old Southern standby—some version of it is guaranteed to grace the table at almost any potluck, church picnic, or 4th of July celebration below the Mason Dixon. You can find a recipe for it in almost any community cookbook known to man. In the case of my old grade school’s tiny cookbook, I found three. (It often falls under many different names, but Texas sheet cake seems to be the most popular. I guess because it’s as big as Texas!)

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

This is my take on the cherished recipe I grew up with. The boy next door (who just so happened to be my childhood crush) loved it so much that my mother would often bake up an entire pan just for him. As I begrudgingly carried it over to his house, I always wondered what a girl needed to do to get one of her own.

As I’ve become a more experienced chef and baker, willing to attempt the most complicated of cakes, I still know with confidence this Texas sheet cake will withstand the test of time. Perhaps one day I, too, will have a daughter whose heart I can make go aflutter as she drops one off at a young heartthrob’s door. (And it’s funny now, how it all just started making sense.)

Texas Sheet Cake
Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes, plus cooling
Yields: 24

sheet cake

2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
1/4 cup good-quality cocoa powder
1 cup brewed coffee or hot water

frosting

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1/4 cup good-quality cocoa powder
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (16 ounce) box powdered sugar
1 cup finely chopped toasted nuts (pecans or walnuts)

For the cake:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 18 x 13 inch sheet pan.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, espresso powder, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla.

In a small to medium sauce pan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder and coffee; increase heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the melted butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Follow with the egg mixture and stir until all the ingredients are completely combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and rap on the counter a few times to distribute evenly. Bake the cake for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and frost immediately.

For the frosting:

When the cake has 5 minutes left in the oven, start the frosting. In a medium to large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder until combined. Add the buttermilk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir until all of the ingredients are completely incorporated. Fold the toasted nuts into the frosting and immediately pour over the warm cake. Use an offset to help gently spread a thin layer over the entire surface.

Cool frosted cake on a wire rack for 1 hour, then moved to the refrigerator, preferably overnight. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Nealey moved from Alabama to the West Coast to follow her dreams, only to realize once there how much she missed good ol’ country cooking.  So she took to the kitchen and began re-creating the dishes of her past, but this time without any help from a can. What started out as a hobby turned into an obsession, so she quit her day job to pursue cooking, and eating, fulltime. Dixie Caviar is where you can follow her pursuits of all things Southern.

More Southern Favorites From Nealey

Tags:

Comments (4753)

  1. TrackBack…

    ItГ­s hard to find educated people on this subject, however you sound like you understand what youГ­re speaking about! Thanks…

  2. klik hier posted 12/13/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other articles, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  3. hugo boss sonnenbrille posted 12/13/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  4. handyortung posted 12/13/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  5. seo new york ny posted 12/13/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and accurate info but here I found…

  6. Sobre Travelgenio posted 12/13/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other blogs, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  7. Gogorocket posted 12/13/2013

    Digg this…

    While checking out DIGG yesterday I noticed this…

  8. check over here posted 12/13/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  9. xristougenniatikes ekdhloseis posted 12/13/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its difficult to find informative and precise info but here I found…

  10. Bitcoin posted 12/13/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  11. nan pro posted 12/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a massive fan of linking to bloggers that I love but do not get a good deal of link appreciate from[...]…

  12. ironman elliptical posted 12/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]that could be the finish of this article. Right here you will uncover some web sites that we believe you will value, just click the links over[...]…

  13. Las Vegas Independent Escorts posted 12/14/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  14. Health nutrition posted 12/15/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw someone writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  15. Noble Bogust posted 12/15/2013

    newsweek…

    jobs for high school students Search for Jobs on our site, we give several great links towards the greatest and biggest Portals to acquiring a Job as a high school student!…

  16. Nickolas Serres posted 12/15/2013

    news 12…

    Hey There. I found your weblog employing msn. This is a quite properly written article. I will probably be sure to bookmark it and return to read a lot more of your valuable information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return….

  17. TrackBack…

    When I saw this web page having remarkable quality YouTube video lessons, I decided to watch out these all video lessons….

  18. candy crush posted 12/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool web-site that you simply could possibly appreciate. Take a look should you want[...]…

  19. wapdam games android posted 12/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]the time to read or check out the material or sites we have linked to beneath the[...]…

  20. Fat Loss posted 12/16/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are few links to websites that we link to because we think they are worthed[...]……

  21. Lawyer posted 12/16/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]I came across a cool page that you might be interested in. Take a look if you want[...]……

  22. safe links posted 12/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are a few of the web-sites we suggest for our visitors[...]…

  23. Title…

    [...]below you will obtain the link to some web sites that we consider you’ll want to visit[...]…

  24. Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  25. tao of badass does it work posted 12/18/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around on the internet and realized…

  26. Rift Platinum EU posted 12/18/2013

    tera gold…

    Buy WoW Gold cheap at TERS4SALE.Get The Best Deals On Tera Gold,Rift Gold,WoW Gold From The Largest MMORPG Virtual Trading Network,We Offer You The Best Gold…

  27. Lyoness Canada posted 12/18/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am constantnly proclaiming that its difficult to find good help, but here is…

  28. nude chat room posted 12/18/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  29. Organo Gold Melbourne posted 12/18/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to piddeling around on the internet and found…

  30. Title…

    [...]we prefer to honor several other web internet sites on the internet, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]…

  31. http://smrl.tk/5R8 posted 12/19/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here is a superb Weblog You may Obtain Interesting that we Encourage You[...]…

  32. potty training tipps posted 12/19/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this site…

  33. Aplikasi Sepakbola posted 12/19/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are few links to sites that we link to because we think they are worthed[...]……

  34. Aplikasi Sepakbola posted 12/19/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related websites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  35. Tumblr article…

    I saw a writer talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  36. suche gartenbau in bern posted 12/20/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every the moment inside a even though we pick blogs that we read. Listed beneath are the newest web sites that we decide on [...]…

  37. bradford posted 12/20/2013

    Title…

    [...]please take a look at the internet sites we adhere to, which includes this one, as it represents our picks in the web[...]…

  38. Alla Cuffie posted 12/21/2013

    Texas Sheet Cake Recipe | Devour The Blog: Cooking Channel…

    Great get the job done you have got performed, this page is de facto great with excellent facts. Time is God’s strategy for holding almost everything from occurring without delay….

  39. Debi Hosman posted 12/21/2013

    yahoo news…

    You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!…

  40. Purchase diablo 3 gold cd-key posted 12/21/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    I am not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come across such a point like this….

  41. Venus Factor Review posted 12/21/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool web site which you may well delight in. Take a look in case you want[...]…

  42. Click Here posted 12/21/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  43. Trading strategy Superprofit posted 12/21/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here is a good Weblog You might Discover Intriguing that we Encourage You[...]…

  44. friv 2 posted 12/22/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are a few of the internet sites we advise for our visitors[...]…

  45. Gregg Paszkiewicz posted 12/22/2013

    news…

    good information thanks…

  46. online auctions posted 12/22/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to messing around online and found…

  47. cell phone charging station posted 12/22/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing Yahoo I found this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  48. seo hoang gia chau posted 12/22/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a massive fan of linking to bloggers that I like but really don’t get lots of link appreciate from[...]…

  49. imacros addmefast youtube posted 12/23/2013

    Digg this…

    While checking out DIGG today I found this…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c