Erin Friedman’s Texas Sheet Cake


I was so excited when I read Erin Friedman’s blog here on a while back and saw this mention of Texas Sheet Cake, which is one of my favorites that I’ve not baked in years. It’s about as easy as a cake gets to prepare, and it’s delicious.

Texas Sheet Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons milk
4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Sift together and set aside in large bowl the flour and sugar.
In saucepan over medium heat bring to a boil: 1/2 cup margarine or butter, 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup water, and 4 tablespoons cocoa.
Pour cocoa mixture over flour and sugar mixture. Stir in buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well and pour into a greased and floured sheet pan.
Bake in a preheated 400 degrees oven for 20 minutes.

To Make Frosting: Five minutes before cake is done, bring to boil in a saucepan 1/2 cup margarine or butter, 6 tablespoons milk, and 4 tablespoons cocoa. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the confectioners’ sugar, nuts (if desired), and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and immediately pour frosting over cake. Serve dessert warm or at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of

Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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9 Responses

  1. Avatar Erin Friedman says:

    Thanks, Doni. It's one of my favorites, too.

  2. Avatar Mowda says:

    Sounds delicious! Mind helping me with my questions? What are the dimensions of a "sheet pan" and how does a sheet pan differ from, say, a pyrex glass pan I use for baking brownies, etc.?

    • Avatar Erin Friedman says:

      A sheet pan is more commonly called a jelly roll pan – they are metal. Usually between 10-12 inches wide, 15-17 inches long and only an inch deep – it looks like a cookie sheet with four sides on it. It makes a very short cake – but that means you get more frosting per square inch ;-). Enjoy!

      • Avatar Karen Whittaker says:

        Thanks for the info on a sheet pan… I had the same question!

        I can't wait to make this! Yum! I will print the recipe now and begin!

        I will send this to my hubbies work in the morn! I don't think they will miss

        "my" corner, that will be missing!

  3. Avatar Philbert says:

    I'll help you "dispose" of any you may have around…

  4. Avatar Canda says:

    I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never made a cake from scratch, but this recipe looks like one I can handle. It looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    • Avatar Karen Whittaker says:


      It is easy and delicious!!! I made it last night! I happened to add some fresh orange zest, and a little juice from a hand picked orange to the frosting, and because I was short on cocoa for the frosting, I blended in about 1/2 cup melted milk chocolate!!! Um-m-m, turned out wonderful!

      Thanks Doni and Erin for the recipe!

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  6. Avatar Adrienne jacoby says:

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