The Best Cake Ever

Texas Sheet Cake beats them all, it truly is the best cake. And as an added bonus it’s a cake I can make, from scratch, that’s always a hit! Plus it’s so big that taking it to a party or sending it somewhere for snacks means there’s enough to go around!

Texas Sheet Cake

I’m pretty well known for my Texas Sheet Cake Cookies but now look out, I’m making the cake too! And who wouldn’t? It’s kinda perfect. Super soft and tender, and coated with a chocolaty icing!

Texas Sheet Cake is the kind of cake you make straight out of the pantry too. You don’t need any special supplies, you don’t even need chocolate, just cocoa powder! So when life hands you a reason to make cake, you can make it easily!

Texas Sheet Cake cut and ready to serve

Texas Sheet Cake is WEIRD too

I mean you BOIL water and butter together to make this thing. It kind of seems like an impossible cake recipe. But then, in the end, it’s one of the most tender cakes I’ve ever made. Or eaten.

And the icing? You pour it over the hot cake, while it’s still hot as well. Then you just leave it to see up. Omgosh the things that happen when you pour hot icing on hot cake, we’re talking some weird almost third layer in there where the cake and icing meet. You just need to try it out for yourself and see!

pourable chocolate icing

If you’re like me and you want to read more about the sheet cake and it’s history check out this article about them. And then there is this article where it’s called a Sheath Cake, which I also found interesting.

the last of the icing for a texas sheet cake

A Cake I Can’t Screw Up!

Believe me, I have made a lot of bad cakes in my life. It’s probably my biggest disappointment as a baker. Especially as the baker behind the GBBO Bake-Along Group on Facebook. Their own leader can’t make a cake to save her life until NOW that is!

cake on a plate

About your Texas Sheet Cake:

  • you will need a sheet pan that is 18×13 inches, with sides at least an inch tall
  • do NOT grease your pan, it doesn’t need it!
  • I made this a Nut Free Texas Sheet Cake because I don’t like nuts in icing BUT if you like nuts, chop up 1/2 cup of pecans and toss them in the icing
  • be sure to sift the powdered sugar or at least run it through a sieve to get rid of the lumps or you will have lumpy bumpy icing
The BEST cake Texas Sheet Cake!

Texas Sheet Cake

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 servings

Ingredients

Texas Sheet Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter unsalted
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 5 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk scant 1/2 cup, you're making it sour by adding vinegar
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Icing

  • 1 3/4 sticks butter 14 TABLESPOONS
  • 1/2 tsp salt if using unsalted butter
  • 5 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 6 TBSP milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

cake instructions

  • preheat oven to 350˚
  • stir the flour, sugar, and salt together, set aside
  • melt butter over medium heat, whisk in boiling water and cocoa, bring to a quick boil, just 30 seconds or so
  • pour the butter mixture over the flour, stir to combine, set aside to cool a little
  • meanwhile measure the milk out, add the vinegar, let it sour
  • lightly beat the eggs
  • mix the eggs, sour milk, vanilla, and baking soda together
  • pour into the flour butter mix, stir to combine
  • pour in an ungreased 18X13 pan
  • bake 20 minutes
  • while the cake is baking make the icing so you can pour it on the cake while it's still hot

Icing

  • melt the butter over medium heat
  • while it melts measure the powdered sugar, sift it or run it through a sieve to get it smooth
  • when the butter is melted whisk in the salt, cocoa powder, milk and vanilla
  • once blended add the powdered sugar and whisk smooth
  • pour over the cake when it comes out of the oven
  • cool for at least an hour before cutting it
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