Texas Sheet Cake is spectacular. Attention all chocoholics! Here’s a recipe for you! The ingredients in this chocolatey, fudgy cake are partially cooked on the stove before baking in the oven. Then the hot cake is topped with a fudge-type icing that includes chopped walnuts. Spectacular is an understatement!
I added whole walnuts on top to decorate it, but the cake doesn’t really need them unless you just love walnuts! The cake is incredibly rich and decadent. If you like fudgy chocolate flavors in your desserts you will love this recipe! This batch makes a large 12×17″ pan so it’s like a big sheet cake.
Last year my neighbor brought a batch of this wonderful Texas Sheet Cake over to us when we got back from our North Carolina trip. She said she had missed us and wanted to welcome us back! A year has passed and she is moving to North Dallas in a couple of weeks. I wanted to surprise her with some of her delicious cake.
She had a huge group of family over to help her clean out her large barn-type shed in the back of her property. I asked if I could make a meal for all of them. I know what moving is like and the last thing you have energy for is cooking. So Texas Sheet Cake was on the menu along with a bunch of other stuff.
Texas Sheet Cake is a really easy dessert to make. If you’re looking for a simple chocolate cake recipe to please your family, then consider making up this sweet chocolate fudge cake recipe sometime soon. Even though it makes a lot, this cake will be cleaned out before you can blink your eyes!
Texas Sheet Cake is a wonderful tasting chocolaty fudgy sheet cake your family will love.
This luscious cake has a fudge-type icing. I added whole walnut halves on top of the cake.
Every bite of Texas Sheet Cake will have you drooling!
Here’s what I did.
Melt butter over low to medium heat on stove. Add Crisco shortening.
Add sugar and UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods.
Stir ingredients to combine.
Add cocoa powder.
The original recipe calls for water, but I substituted milk here to give the cake an even richer flavor.
Whisk ingredients to combine and remove from heat. Pour mixture into glass mixing bowl.
Add baking soda to buttermilk or soured milk. The baking soda will cause the milk to foam! Add this to the chocolate mixture in mixing bowl.
Beat eggs in separate bowl.
Add eggs to chocolate mixture with vanilla.
Whisk to combine.
Pour chocolate mixture into a greased 12×17″ cookie sheet. (I used a large 11×17 glass baking dish instead).
Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Mine took 30 minutes which was when a toothpick inserted in the center came out clean.
About 5-10 minutes before cake is done, make icing: Place cocoa powder in a saucepan over low heat. Add butter and milk or cream.
Whisk over low heat to combine. Melt completely.
Bring sauce to a boil so it thickens a little.
Once the sauce has come to a boil and has started to thicken, turn heat to low. Add vanilla and chopped nuts.
Whisk in powdered sugar.
The icing is thick and fudge-like. You will have to keep it at a very low temperature until you are ready to spread it on the cake or it will harden prematurely.
Spread icing over top of hot cake. Work quickly because the icing will harden soon.
Place walnuts into cake very quickly in desired pattern. The icing will harden soon so the walnuts have to be placed and set firmly on top of the fudgy icing before it hardens completely. I pressed the walnuts down into the icing.
Once the icing has totally set, you can cut the cake into serving pieces.
Texas Sheet Cake is a great dessert to serve company.
I cut the cake down into about 28 large servings. If you like fudge you will love having a fudgy, chocolate cake with fudge icing!
Here’s the recipe.
TEXAS SHEET CAKE
(Recipe adapted from my former neighbor, Chris Velasco, Dallas, TX)
- 2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup Crisco shortening
- 1 stick butter or margarine
- 1 cup milk or cream
- 4 tbsp. cocoa
- ½ cup buttermilk (I soured a half cup of milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar for 5 minutes)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Combine flour sugar, shortening and butter and let mixture come to a boil in saucepan over medium heat. Add milk and cocoa.
- Stir in thoroughly.
- Remove from heat.
- Let cool five or ten minutes.
- Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk.
- Add to cocoa mixture with eggs and vanilla.
- Mix all together and pour into greased 11×16” baking pan.
- Bake at 400° for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- 4 tbsp. cocoa
- 6 tbsp. milk (I had to use 8 to get of spreading consistency)
- 1 stick butter
- 16-oz. box powdered sugar
- 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are good)
- 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
- whole walnut halves for garnish
- Five minutes before cake is done bring cocoa, milk and butter to a boil in saucepan at medium heat.
- Remove from heat.
- Add powdered sugar, nuts and vanilla.
- Spread over cake while still hot.
- Garnish with whole walnuts, as desired.
Texas Sheet Cake is a cake for chocolate lovers! This is one of the few cake recipes I’ve ever made where you actually cook part of the ingredients on the stove top before baking the cake.
This cake is addictive – especially if you like fudge.
Texas Sheet Cake is a great cake to take to office parties, potlucks or holiday parties. Everyone loves it and the recipe makes a lot. Are you drooling yet?