Chocolate Sheet Cake

This is my grandmother’s recipe and I am proud to share it with you.  I make this all the time and you can actually do variations of this with pineapple, strawberry, etc.  It’s super good and is a cross between a cake and brownie.  Enjoy!


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1 c. water
  • 4 TBLS cocoa
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Icing Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 TBLS cocoa
  • 6 TBLS milk
  • 1 box confectioners sugar


Melt butter, shortening, water, and cocoa. Bring to a boil. Mix sugar & flour in bowl. Add the first mixture you boiled to dry ingredients. Then add buttermilk, eggs, soda, cinnamon, vanilla. Mix well and pour into a greased & floured 17×11 sheet pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes in a 350′ oven.

Icing–During the last 5 minutes of baking, melt butter, cocoa, and milk. Bring to a boil. Add confectioners sugar making sure to get rid of all the lumps. Pour over hot cake……hmmmmmm, good! You can founder on this stuff!  Top with whip cream or not…either way, it’s delicious.

HINT: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can add vinegar to your milk and let sit for a little bit to sour it.

Sheet Cake Ingredients

mixin' it up

mixing batter

cake done

Icing the Cake

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Join The Discussion




  1. 1

    Karin says

    Your first recipe looks like a winner! I’ll be making this for Cowboy Church next week! What size pan do you use?

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    Lori says

    I’m so sorry Karin! For some reason, I wasn’t getting emails telling me I had comments. I have fixed it now I think. I realize it’s a bit late but I use a 17×11 sheet pan. I guess I need to add that to the post!!

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    Susan Taylor says

    This sounds great. Very easy and love anything chocolate.

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    CDuncan says

    The Chocolate Sheet Cake sounds yummy. Used to have it a lot when I lived in Texas, we called it Texas Sheet Cake! Didn’t see any pictures.

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    Tyler says

    This looks really good i wouldnt mind eating that

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    Sila-Lumenn says

    This is the exact cake I’ve been baking for as many years as I can remember! I got the recipe from my mother. I always put about 1/2-1 cup of chopped pecans in the icing just before pouring it on top of the cake. Yummy!

  7. 7

    We call this Texas Sheet Cake in our family – it is very good!

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    Jason says

    Looks superb.. Mind sending me a peace?

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    Brenda says

    I make this exact recipe except, exchanging the 1 cup of water for 1 cup of Coco-Cola…..IT really makes it extra moist…

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    chumpman says

    ooo lala :D looks really good

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    Khlo says

    Thank you so much for sharing a family recipe. I bake a lot but have never tried a sheet cake so I guess I should give this one a try. Have a great day.

    Debbie/Phx AZ

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    Anna B. says

    Hey darlin, just want to know for the fruit cakes, when do I add the fruit? I want to try one with peaches, or apples.
    love your site, and all you try to do for cooks everywhere.

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    chrystal says

    Wow! This sounds like a great cake! I’m putting it in our newsletter for December!

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    Elizabeth says

    I’ve always called this Texas Sheet Cake too, I think it got that name because it makes a cake the size of Texas! lol There’s a peanut butter version that is good, but I love the chocolate version the best :)

  15. 15

    i can’t cook alll the goood t=and this well help me

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    ulai says

    It looks like you might be using your Kitchenaid for this recipe.