Nana’s Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

This cake was my mother’s signature dessert at church potlucks and family birthday parties alike. It is delicious eaten warm, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

My adult children call it “the chocolate cake Nana always makes” and request it whenever they come home to visit. Try it, and it may just become a new tradition in your family, too.

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Nana’s Texas Sheet Cake

Ingredients you’ll need to get started


  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions for making Nana’s Texas Sheet Cake

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside

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Heat and stir butter, cocoa, and water until mixture comes to a boil.

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

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Pour over dry ingredients. Mix well.

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Add beaten eggs and sour cream. Blend until smooth.

Nana's Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Pour into a large sheet pan that has been greased and floured. Bake for 20 minutes.

Texas Sheet Cake

While cake is baking, prepare icing. Melt butter. Add cocoa. Mix well, then add milk and vanilla. Add powdered sugar a little at a time while beating with a mixer until smooth. Stir in pecans, if desired. (Whenever the whole family is home, I make one with nuts and another without.)

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Once cake has finished baking, remove from the oven and frost while it’s still warm. Serve with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. Then enjoy!

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

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