Classic Texas Sheet Cake
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My family asks my mom to make this classic Texas sheet cake every time we have a family party. It's easy to make, easy to serve and way too easy to devour.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 T cocoa
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup buttermilk*
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 T cocoa
  • 1 (1-lb) box powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 T milk
  • ½ cup chopped nuts or sprinkles of your choice (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 18x13-inch cookie sheet; set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine butter, water and cocoa in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add to flour mixture. Stir until combined.
  4. Combine eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add to flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour into greased cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes.
  1. Start frosting last 5 minutes of baking time.
  2. Combine butter and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Melt but DO NOT boil. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Whisk until no lumps remain. Frost cake while still warm. Top with nuts or sprinkles (optional).
* If you don't have buttermilk, don't worry! You can substitute either plain milk or a special milk and lemon juice combo:

For 1 cup buttermilk, pour 1 T lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk until it reaches 1-cup mark. Let stand 5 minutes.
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