Texas Sheet Cake Recipe Vanilla or Chocolate

Monday, September 7, 2020
Here are two favorite homemade from scratch Texas Sheet cake recipes one in Vanilla, the other in Chocolate, plus a bonus recipe for those wanting to use a doctored cake mix.

We love making this scratch cake to take to outdoor picnics or large barbecue get-togethers.

It's made in a jelly roll pan, frosted and cut into squares that will feed a large crowd.

This cake is a big hit no matter when I make it and seems to be the most asked for any functions including birthday parties!

The cake is super simple to make and I even give you an option to make Texas Sheet Cake in any flavor with a doctored cake mix.

Of course, you can decorate these simple cakes with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or any kind of candies you like.

The cake tastes great just the way it is, dusted with powdered sugar with whipped cream or the traditional homemade frosting.

All recipes are below for you to choose from.

Just scroll down to the printable recipe card to check out these great recipes and pick the one you prefer.

this is a piece of texas sheet cake chocolate with chocolate icing on top

this is a white sheet cake on a plate cut into squares called vanilla texas sheet cake with powdered sugar on top instead of frosting

Homemade or Boxed Cakes

If you're a hurried cook or hate to bake, you will love the simplified recipes for these sheets cakes.

I love using spice cake mix to change the regular famous flavors we all love to something different for fall.

Just use the vanilla icing recipe with cinnamon in it.

Of course, you can choose any mix and doctored it up to whatever you love, orange, lemon, pineapple the skies the limit of possibilities.

I prefer homemade scratch cakes and also really love using coffee in the frosting instead of water.

Hopefully, you will find the right cake you want to make with these super easy recipes below.

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Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake Ingredients You Will Need:

  • butter
  • water or extra strong coffee
  • cocoa
  • sugar
  • flour
  • eggs
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • sour cream
  • vanilla
  • Frosting
  • butter
  • cocoa powder
  • milk
  • powdered sugar
  • almond flavoring
  • Topping: Chopped Pecan and Toasted Coconut

chocolate batter for Texas homemade sheet cake

The Easy Way Out Doctored Cake Mix Ingredients

  1. boxed cake mix with pudding in the mix or add 1 package of instant vanilla pudding to the package
  2. eggs
  3. milk
  4. vegetable oil

this is a baked sheet pan of vanilla texas sheet cake

Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Ingredients You Will Need:

  • butter
  • water
  • flour
  • white sugar
  • eggs, beaten
  • sour cream
  • almond extract
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • Frosting
  • butter
  • milk
  • powdered sugar
  • almond extract
  • walnuts

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A Few Tips

Use the toothpick method and check the middle of the cake, do not over bake.

Using greased disposable pans work great for taking this Texas sheet cake to any party or outing.

Keep the cake covered loosely so the frosting doesn't start to seep and look wet.

These cakes can be dusted with powdered sugar or topped with whipped cream if you're not a frosting lover.

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe Vanilla or Chocolate

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe Vanilla or Chocolate

Yield: 24
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min
Here are two recipes for Texas sheet cake made from scratch. One Chocolate One Vanilla. There are also instructions to use doctored cake mixes for Texas sheet cakes of any flavor.


  • Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake From Scratch:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup of water or extra strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon milk
  • 4 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond flavoring
  • Optional Topping: Chopped Pecan and Toasted Coconut
  • Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake  from scratch:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Chocolate Sheet Cake Directions:
  2. Beat the butter, water, cocoa in a saucepan over low heat until the butter melts.
  3. Add sugar, flour, salt, eggs, soda, sour cream, and almond flavoring.
  4. Mix well. Pour in a jelly roll style pan 15x10x1 inch size lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 350-degree hot oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Make the frosting by combining butter, cocoa, and milk in a saucepan bring to a boil.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients and beat with an electric mixer. Spread over hot cake and sprinkle with chopped pecans and toasted coconut.
  8. Note: for toasted coconut place on a paper plate and microwave for 1-minute intervals until nicely browned, stirring often.
  9. Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Directions:
  10. In a deep saucepan, bring butter and water to a boil.
  11. Remove from the heat, stir in the flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream, almond extract, baking soda, and salt until smooth.
  12. Pour into a greased jelly roll size pan ( 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in) or lined with parchment paper.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean and cake is golden brown.
  14. Cool for 20 minutes.
  15. For the frosting:
  16. In a large saucepan, combine butter and milk. Bring to a boil.
  17. Remove from the heat and stir in sugar and extract.
  18. Stir in walnuts; spread over warm cake. ( You can also sprinkle toasted coconut of this one if you like).
  19. For Texas Doctored Sheet Cake Mix Recipes:
  20. 1 boxed cake mix with pudding in the mix or add 1 package of instant vanilla pudding to the package
  21. 3 eggs
  22. 1 cup milk
  23. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  24. Mix together with a mixer pour into jelly roll sized pan a 15 x 10 pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for around 25 minutes using the toothpick method. 
  25. Use the same frosting recipe
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2020


  1. Black or white it sounds deliciuos :) Bye, have a good day

  2. looks so tempting,delicious job!:)

  3. The chocolate frosting oozing off the cake onto the plate looks awesome. Makes me want to lick the spoon. Now for the rest of the day you are going to have me thinking about chocolate frosting.

  4. The chocolate frosting oozing off the cake onto the plate looks awesome. Makes me want to lick the spoon. Now for the rest of the day you are going to have me thinking about chocolate frosting.

  5. That chocolate frosting oozing off the cake onto the plate makes me want some. I feel the need to lick a spoon covered in chocolate. You know I am going to be thinking about this all day now.

  6. I really do love this classic cake and your picture here is a delicious reminder that it has been way too long since I have indulged in a piece. Also, pretty cool to find a vanilla version-it is the first I have seen of this. Making both of these is one sure way that everyone will be pleased! Ha-like Greg, I may have some issues with having that delicious image floating around in my head for awhile! Have a great day!

  7. This is one delicious (and dangerous) cake in my hands. Oh so good - now to find people to share!

  8. Looks great and I would love a bowl full of that frosting!!!

  9. I'll take the chocolate, and a big piece if you don't mind,,,,

  10. Phew, Claudia, that looks decadent and so ridiculously good. I'd love to low-carb it, but I can't have chocolate as I get migraines these days. Waah!! I live vicariously through your dessert and can almost taste it!!

  11. I never had Texas sheet cake! Looks delicious I need to make one!

  12. Oh my goodness, wish I could have a piece, bt I will make it for my daughter who dies for chocolate! Thanks for your lovely visit...you are a talented lady, NOT ME!! Have a terrific weekend.

  13. Look at all of that chocolate goodness...heavens! I think I could just dive in :)

  14. I have this overwhelming desire to say "damn y'all". This is incredible.

  15. I love Texas sheet cake! This looks great Claudia!

  16. I have never heard of a non-chocolate Texas sheet cake before... just like I've never heard or seen one that wasn't basically a very plain and simple chocolate cake with the focus on quantity not quality.

  17. I have a Texas sheet cake bookmarked in a cookbook, I hope it taste as good as yours look!

  18. Hooooly moley :) That looks like chocolate paradise!

  19. Oh, how I love Texas sheet cake! Make mine vanilla, please.

  20. I didn't know there was a white cake form of this recipe! This is so intriguing!

  21. I love the way the frosting is running over the sides. Delicious!

  22. I've actually never had Texas sheet cake but after seeing that first photo with the chocolate oozing in every direction, that may have to change!

  23. Visiting from Katherine's Corner. Love the Italian theme. My hubby is Italian so this is great and that sheet cake looks awesome!

  24. Yum!! I am a Chocoholic; however I think I would choose the White Cake, delish!!

    Over from Katherine's!

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  25. shhh don't tell anyone I just drooled on my keyboard, LOL. Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop! xo

  26. This is a classic that I've never made or eaten. Yours looks so good Claudia and I'd love to try it.

  27. I never had Texas sheet cake! Both white and dark look incredibly delicious and tempting.

  28. Of course we love our Texas Sheet Cake here in Texas, this is a great recipe! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,501!
    Miz Helen


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