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Chocolatey Texas Sheet Cake

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Who wants to bake an authentic Wild West recipe?

The Word at the Saloon is: even the cowboys used to make this on the ranch for a delightful treat. Well, the recipe has been herded down through generations and is now fenced in at my homestead. I’m here to share the best cowboy recipe the Lone-Star State has to offer: Texas Sheet Cake.

This chocolatey Texas Sheet Cake recipe is so freakin’ good! I can eat a whole pan myself over the course of a day or two—I’m not kidding. This homemade sheet cake recipe is a hidden treasure in my family and has been used as a birthday cake for generations! I imagine back on the Texas homesteads, this cake was a sweet treat and easy to bake in the old fire ovens. Every time I bake this easy chocolate sheet cake, the kitchen fills with the familiar scent of chocolate and cinnamon and I’m taken back in time to my great-grandparents’ Texas homestead. The instructions sound a bit old-fashioned (because they are!).

Chocolatey Taxes Sheet Cake

Who wants to bake an authentic Wild West recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert



  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening, softened
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • a dash of salt


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)



  • Preheat oven to 400F. Grease and flour a 12×18 sheet pan.
  • Sift together flour and sugar in a large mixing blow
  • Mix together butter, shortening, cocoa, and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a boil.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the sifted flour and sugar. Mix well.
  • Add in buttermilk, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, and salt; mix well. Pour into the prepared sheet pan.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Five minutes before cake is done, prepare frosting.


  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter; add cocoa, vanilla, and milk. Bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and (optional) nuts. Mix well.
  • Pour the frosting over the cake while hot.
Keyword cake, chocolate
Chocolatey Texas Sheet Cake