Best Chocolate Sheet Cake

Cakes & Cupcakes · Desserts · January 10, 2018

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

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.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Sheet Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 272mg 11%
Potassium 62mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Sugars 34g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Calcium 2%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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    The Allen Family

    YUM! That cake does look de-LISH! I am going to try that this week. Thanks!



    The Booth Family

    I love your site! I am gonna make that cake tonight! YUMMAY! my mouth is watering!


    That cake looks seriously amazing. I have a major sweet tooth and will be baking it soon!


    I love your blog so much! yesterday was my birthday and I am going to make myself that cake today! Thanks!

    The Booth Family

    Thanks again for this. I keep coming back to your site for this recipe.


    Your site is lovely!. I tried the choco. sheet cake it was fab! My family loved it. thank you for sharing the recipe.Please visit my site when you are free.


    How much butter is a “cube” for the frosting? Thanks!

      Lil' Luna

      1/2 cup or 1 stick. 🙂


    Just wondering if 3 tsps baking soda is a lot in ratio 2 cups of flour?


    the white chocolate sheet cake sounds yummie! can you use buttermilk to make this cake?

      Lil' Luna

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


    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.

    Christie Cryer

    what is a jelly roll pan?

      Lil' Luna

      It’s a large baking pan that is about 18″ x 13″ and only 1″ deep. 🙂


    I made this cake the other day, and I must say it was REALLY GOOD. It was soft and tasty. Will make it again. Thanks.

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks for stopping by, Yolanda. Glad to hear it was good… it’s one of our favorites to make for events because it makes a ton! 😉

    Vicki Howes

    Can’t wait to try this – will probably halve the recipe for enjoying at home

    Anna Fagan

    On the chocolate sheet cake recipe…..I was reading how to make the icing. What is one “cube” of butter? Is that a stick (1/2 cup)?



    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!

      Lil' Luna

      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. :/


    Does this cake/icing require refrigeration? Yummy by the way, thank you for this gem!!


    Hi can you tell me what one cube of butter means in the chocolate sheet cake recipe?

    Rachel Clark

    How much is 1 “cube” of butter in the recipe for the Texas sheet cake?

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