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This Texas Sheet Cake is one of my very favorite cakes.  I cannot live without chocolate and this one is perfect for any chocoholic.  This cake never lasts long at my house.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks butter or margarine or 1 cup or 16 tablespoons
1/3 cup 100% cocoa
1 cup water
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon.  Mix well with a wire whisk. Set aside. In a smaller bowl combine eggs, vanilla extract, buttermilk and baking soda. Mix well with wire whisk. Set aside.  In a pan on top of the stove melt butter, add cocoa and water.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from stove and pour into flour and mix until all flour is wet with a spoon.  Add egg and milk mixture and continue mixing just until all ingredients are wet.  Pour into a sprayed (I line my pan with Reynolds wrap and don’t spray. You can do either) 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan.(Could use a 9 x 13 pan, too).  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes testing for doneness at 20 minutes.  If you use a 9 x 13 it may take a little longer to cook.  Frost with recipe below.  Makes one sheet cake.
Texas Sheet Cake Frosting
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter or margarine or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons
1/4 cup 100% cocoa
7 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup nuts, Optional (I used walnut pieces)
Bring milk, butter and cocoa to a boil on top of the stove.  Remove from heat and stir in sugar, vanilla and nuts.  Spread over cake.
Note: You can either stir the nuts into the frosting or spread on top of the frosting.
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  1. Just telling my friend about this cake today. I probably haven’t made it in 35 years, but always loved it. The little bit of cinnamon makes it!

  2. I made this with plain yogurt instead of buttermilk same amount ant it was very moist!

  3. Mary LeBlanc says:

    I don’t have butter milk so what can I use instead

  4. Can I use reg milk instead of buttermilk

  5. Can I substitute half and half for the buttermilk?

  6. Looks like the recipie my mother in law used to have

  7. This is my favorite cake for church potluck’s. It makes a lot and it’s delicious!

  8. Barb VanAndel Smith says:

    This is the identical cake that Cracker Barrel makes. They call their’s Chocolate CocaCola Cake. They put Coke in instead of the water! It gives it such an amazing taste…besides making it very moist!!!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      There is a recipe on this site if you look under cakes for Coca Cola Cake, Beth. They are not the same cake. The recipes are different or at least mine are.

      • This recipe is in a very old cookbook I have from my grandmother. It is named differently, but it the same recipe. I have made it for years. I found myself away from home and wanting to bake my favorite chocolate cake. So I am thankful that I found your recipe on here. The only variance is that it calls for 1/2 cup shortening and 1 stick of margarine vs the 2 sticks of butter. Ordinarily, I would argue in favor of real butter, but not in this instance. I have tried this cake both ways. I can tell you that there is nothing more amazinglyrics moist than to make it exactly as the original recipe stated. And another trick was to add your soda last . In other words, not put into the mixture until everything else has been mixed in and well incorporated. Then place immediately into the preheated oven.
        I would love to share this old book with you as it is falling apart…has amazing recipes. .and I am a poor typist. So thankful for your site.

  9. Mary Ann Brand says:

    I have been making this for years and I use hot black coffee instead of water and the coffee makes it much more moist.

  10. This is thee exact same cake my gramother would make and handed down the r

  11. Debbie Johnson says:

    What if you don’t have buttermilk?

  12. I am looking for a recipe for a cake that calls for cinnamon in the cake and the icing..the icing is like a fudge type recipe..I have seen it on a Texas site once before several years ago…Can you help me..it is a chocolate cake and delicious. thanks Cathey

  13. Amy bradberry says:

    Do you have a recipe for butterscotch torte

  14. My mother-in-law gave me this recipe many years ago, only she had written “sheath” instead of “sheet.” I always wondered what a sheath cake was, finally figured it out! This is my favorite cake to make and is always a hit at church potlucks. I think I’ll make one tomorrow!

    • It was called “Sheath cake” when I first heard of it. My aunt got me hooked on it. It is my all time FAVORITE cake (the cinnamon is what got me).

  15. I love a Texas sheet cake and have also used the frosting for other cakes and brownies. However, I always have one problem, no matter how much I stir the powdered sugar, I still have some slight lumps in the frosting. Should I be sifting the powdered sugar first?

  16. this looks so good, going to try it, also was wondering, I saw a recipe for apple spice cake, with a cinnamon frosting, an wanted to see if you might have them, love your site, thank you

  17. Mary Jane Plemons says:

    I’ve made this cake for fifty-something years, and my mother did before me. Love it, but we no longer like the cinnamon in it, so I leave it out. I pour the hot icing over the hot cake in my 9″x13″ pan, and it sets up firmly, like fudge, instead of soft and creamy. I mix my nuts into the icing, usually pecans, but sometimes walnuts. Our children and grandchildren make it now! I’m joining your FB page today; excellent site!

  18. Sherlyn Smith says:

    Thie is a good recipe that Cathryn asked for around Christmas when I made the cake. Always my favorite.

  19. How do you get the corn fritters to not soak up so much oil while frying?

  20. Can i get all the recipies you post on facebook sent to my e-mail

  21. Ruth Eicke says:

    Ive been making this cake for years! Its the best ever. When in doubt…make this!

  22. This was THE birthday cake at our house when the kids were big enough to ask for their favorite! All five of them and their daddy would ask for this for their special day!
    It’s so easy and takes so little time to whip up.

  23. Rebecca Forbus says:

    I’ve made this many times. Got the recipe from my mother-in-law several years ago. It’s wonderful & turns out perfect every time! It’s delicious & cannot be beat!!!

  24. Frances E. Howe says:

    Been making this cake for years and everyone loves it.

  25. I used to have one recipe like this and lost it. Can’t wait to try it again. Thanks

  26. Oh, what a sweet, sweet memory of times gone by, of church suppers, and potlucks. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Yumm !! Looks good !

  28. Is there a difference between using a cookie sheet or a jelly role sheet?

  29. This is my very favorite cake

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