Best Chocolate Sheet Cake

Our favorite chocolate sheet cake recipe. It’s simple, moist and so delicious making it our go-to party dessert! It also makes a ton making it great for get togethers.

Texas Sheet Cake recipe

Chocolate Sheet Cake

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Today, I thought I’d share a recipe that is a family favorite (we seriously make it ALL the time!!) I seriously think today’s recipe for Chocolate Sheet Cake is the BEST EVER!. If you don’t believe me, just try it. I promise it will not disappoint. We got the recipe from a family friend years ago, and it quickly became a favorite.


This particular cake makes a lot, so it’s become a staple for get togethers and birthday parties. We change out the sprinkles based on the occasion and usually serve it with different kinds of ice cream. Blue Bell ice cream is our favorite to serve with this cake, but this dessert is great on it’s own as well. If I’m going to be honest, I can’t have this cake laying around at my house, because I will literally eat the whole pan. It’s just so soft and so flavorful and SO addicting!!

Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

Although this cake is made in a jelly-roll pan and is made with classic pantry ingredients, we omit the pecans which are classic in a Texas Sheet Cake recipe. Can you add the pecans if you like them? Of course!! We just have so many kids in the family that sprinkles tend to get a better response than the nuts. But as I mentioned, we tend to have all these ingredients on hand which means we make this all the time!

Buttermilk Substitute

This recipe calls for buttermilk, but that is the one ingredient that many don’t always have on hand. Although there really isn’t anything that tastes JUST like buttermilk, there are plenty of buttermilk substitutes than you can use in a recipe.

    • Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to a measuring cup, and add enough milk until it measures 1 cup. Stir, and let sit for five minutes before using.
    • Whisk a bit of milk or water into plain, unsweetened yogurt until you get a buttermilk-like consistency (generally around 1/4 liquid with 3/4 cup yogurt).
    • Whisk together equal parts sour cream and water. This hack is particular good in Pancakes.
    • Whisk 1 3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar into one cup of milk.

Even though this cake may be the demise of any diet or healthy eating I’m trying to accomplish, it’s also my cheat treat! I really don’t think you can find a cake that is more soft or scrumptious!

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Chocolate Sheet Cake

5 from 1 vote

Our favorite chocolate sheet cake recipe. It's simple, moist and so delicious making it our go-to party dessert!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 240 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup water hot


  • 1 cube butter
  • 4-6 tsp cocoa
  • 4-6 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar



  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Add eggs, oil, buttermilk, hot water. Mix all together and pour into jelly roll pan.
  3. Bake at 350-375 degrees for 20 minutes.


  1. Cook in pan - Melt 1 cube butter, 4-6 teaspoons of cocoa, 4-6 tablespoons of milk, 1 tsp. vanilla and 3½ cups (1 box) of powdered sugar. Mix and spread over warm cake.

For all my gluten-free friends, be sure to check out this Flourless Chocolate Cake.

And here is the white version of this Texas Sheet Cake – the almond extract in this cake makes it irresistible!!

White Texas Sheetcake

White Texas Sheetcake

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The BEST Buttermilk Sheet Cake recipe!! Super moist and chocolatey! It's one of our favorite desserts and cakes to make.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. Yes, the recipe calls for buttermilk, but if you don’t have buttermillk you can use milk + 1 tsp. lemon juice – works great too. 🙂

  1. How many cups is a box of powdered sugar? They don’t sell “boxes of powdered sugar” in my area of Canada and I want to get the correct consistency.

  2. If I’m making two half sheet cakes, can I still use this recipe and divide the batter in half? I’m making two half ones for a party and would love to use this recipe!

    1. I think it would be fine if you have sheet cake pans that are about half the size of a regular pan. I don’t have any so I’m not sure of the measurements. :/

  3. Hey there! I need a little help. In the recipe it calls for 1 cube of butter. How much is that translated to tablespoons?