This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Sheet Cake Bites – a delicious chocolate sheet cake topped with a yummy homemade chocolate walnut frosting – in bite sized form!

Our Texas Sheet Cake is one of our most famous cake recipes. It’s chocolatey and delicious, and these little sheet cake bites are like a mini cupcake version!

Mini Texas sheet cake cupcakes on a white plate

Bite Size Cake treats

One of our very favorite things our wonderful Mom makes is this BEST ever Chocolate Sheet Cake. It’s a family favorite, and we even have a white Texas Sheet Cake version as well.

Both are simple, make a ton, and everyone loves them. We’ve made each countless times, especially because one batch can feed the entire family (including all the young cousins!)

When my mom saw a recipe to make Sheet Cake bites, we knew we had to give it a try. We ended up trying them for my nieces Sweet 16 Party and, as expected, they were devoured in minutes. We made sure to save a few for ourselves to sample, and we were so glad we did because they were so good!!

Whether you are making them for parties, family gatherings or barbecues, these chocolate-y bites are sure to be hit. Now we just have to figure out how to make the white version in these bite-sized pieces!! 😉

chocolate sheet cake batter in a mixing bowl

how to make Sheet Cake Bites

Why do you boil the water and cocoa? By boiling water and adding that to the dry ingredients you are “blooming” the cocoa powder. This just means that the temperature of the water stops gluten from developing, which results in smaller granules that are more chocolate-flavored.

The cocoa powder gets a deeper chocolate flavor because the water soaks into the cocoa powder when its hot and the mixture thickens and is more present in the cake.

No buttermilk? No problem. Buttermilk is great in recipes like this because the acidity of buttermilk breaks down the long strands of gluten and gives it a moist texture. If you don’t have buttermilk there are some options:

  • Make your own buttermilk: This is done by adding an acid to plain milk to curdle it slightly, just how normal buttermilk should be. For every cup of buttermilk use a cup of regular milk and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Then you need to let it sit in a measuring cup until the acid had worked on the milk for a little bit.
  • Just use normal milk: This isn’t the ideal option, but it will still work. The cake just won’t be as soft and moist because the acidity will be missing from the milk.
cake bite batter in muffin tin

how to store sheet cake Bites

When we made these for my nieces party, there wasn’t a single one left! But if you do happen to have any leftovers, you can store them covered at room temperature for up to a week.

NOTE: Even though there’s milk in the recipe, these don’t need to be refrigerated.

You can also make these ahead and FREEZE in Ziploc bags. Just thaw on counter overnight before frosting and serving.

chocolate sheet cake bites on a white plate

For more sheet cake recipes, try:

Save This Recipe!
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!
5 from 10 votes

Sheet Cake Bites Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Sheet Cake Bites – delicious chocolate sheet cake topped with a yummy homemade chocolate walnut frosting – in bite sized form!
Servings: 72 bites
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes


Cake Bites

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder dutch process cocoa works best
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda


Save This Recipe!
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!


Cake Bites

  • In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, and salt, set aside. In a saucepan, bring water, cocoa powder, and butter to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over dry ingredients, mixing with a hand mixer. Add milk and eggs and blend well (batter will be thin).
  • Place 1 tablespoon of batter in the cups of a heavily greased mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until baked through. Let cool before gently removing muffins to a wire rack to completely cool.


  • Heat milk, butter and cocoa in a medium saucepan until bubbly. Mix in sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in nuts until incorporated. Carefully spoon about a tablespoon of frosting over the top of each muffin bite. Let set before eating.


Calories: 108kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 72mg, Potassium: 28mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Making this recipe? Tag us!
Share it with us on Instagram using the hashtag #lilluna, so we can see what you’re creating in the kitchen!

Adapted from

About Kristyn

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!

So Easy & So Yummy

Get my cookbook!

My new cookbook is the ultimate resource for feeding your friends and family with 200+ simple recipes including videos, tips & more!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. KrisTina says:

    5 stars
    I really love how these are mini. TheYre the PERFECT size to add a sweet treat to my kids’ lunch boxes.

  2. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    The go to recipe that not only is good but provides huge amounts!

  3. Misty says:

    5 stars
    These are super good and this recipe makes a lot. Love that they are in individual bites adn so fudgy. One of my favorites

  4. Becca says:

    5 stars
    Perfect for parties- thank you!

  5. Amy Huntley says:

    5 stars
    These Cake Bites are delicious! And such a cute fun size!

  6. Joy says:

    5 stars
    These are seriously the best!! They are super easy to make, fudgy, & so good!! They are perfect for entertaining, because the recipe makes so much!

  7. Ana Maria says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe!