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Classic Texas Sheet Cake

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Classic Texas Sheet Cake
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 16

If you love chocolate, and we mean really truly love, then this classic Texas sheet cake is exactly what your sweet tooth craves. Between the scratch-made cake and the decadent homemade frosting, this dessert is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. Unlike most cakes, this tender-crumbed delight should be frosted when it’s still hot—no need to let it cool. Pour on the sticky, sweet pecan-flecked frosting and watch it spread into a gloriously glossy blanket that’ll keep your cake moist and fresh tasting for as long as it lasts. MORE+ LESS-

Bree Hester
Updated April 24, 2020
Gold Medal Flour
Make with
Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

Cake

2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
cups granulated sugar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup butter
1
cup water
3
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2
cup buttermilk
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
eggs, slightly beaten

Frosting

1/2
cup butter
3
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
6
tablespoons milk
2 1/2
cups powdered sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
cup chopped pecans

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 325°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, stir together flour, granulated sugar and salt; set aside.
  • 3
    In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1 cup butter, the water and 3 tablespoons baking cocoa to boiling. Remove from heat. Pour over flour mixture in bowl; stir until well mixed. Add buttermilk, baking soda, 1 teaspoon vanilla and the eggs; stir until well blended. Pour into pan, spreading evenly.
  • 4
    Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, in another 2-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter, 3 tablespoons baking cocoa and the milk to simmering. Remove from heat. Beat in powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla with whisk until smooth. Stir in pecans.
  • 6
    Pour frosting over hot cake. Cool completely before cutting, about 1 hour.

Expert Tips

  • For a topping twist, try swapping the pecans in the frosting for almonds and shredded coconut. It tastes just like your favorite tropical-themed candy bar!
  • Wondering what the difference is between regular cocoa powder, Dutch cocoa powder and dark cocoa powder? You’re not alone. Baking chocolates can be confusing, especially because they’re not necessarily interchangeable. Let us clear up your questions in this handy tutorial about baking with chocolate.
  • Sheet cakes are perfect for birthday parties, backyard barbecues and just about any crowd-gathering event. With this classic Texas sheet cake, you can serve 16 generous pieces or cut smaller so there’s more to go around. However you share, this cake is the perfect party treat!
  • If you don’t have a 15x10x1-inch pan, bake this cake in a 13x9-inch pan for 30 to 35 minutes at 325°F.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
460
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
36%
Saturated Fat
12g
60%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
270mg
11%
Potassium
110mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
59g
20%
Dietary Fiber
2g
7%
Sugars
44g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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