Texas Sheet Cake

Lauryn Jacobs, Digital Project Coordinator

This dessert has been a standard at all or most of our family and friends' gatherings. My mom or one of my aunts would always make it and there would never be leftovers. This cake is very moist and one of my utmost favorite desserts at parties...I might be biased though!



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 sticks margarine (or butter)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


  • 1 box (16 oz) confectioners sugar
  • 1 stick margarine (or butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chopped nuts, optional

You will need a cookie sheet with a 2-inch lip (or a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan).


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. For the cake, mix flour, sugar, and soda in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Melt margarine (or butter), water and cocoa powder in a saucepot until boiling; pour over dry ingredients.
  4. Add buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla to ingredients; mix.
  5. Pour mixed ingredients onto baking pan and bake for 15–20 minutes.
  6. While the cake is cooling, mix the confectioners sugar, margarine, vanilla and cocoa together to make frosting. Once the cake is completely cooled, frost the cake and add nuts, if desired.