50 States & 50 Foods ~ Old Fashioned Texas Sheet Cake

We are bringing a new dish every day for every state. Today we are celebrating Texas with Old Fashioned Texas Sheet Cake.

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This version of Texas Sheet Cake is another old family recipe that we’ve managed to get our culinary artists to share. Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, and loads of flavor.



  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 1 t. baking soda
  4. 1/2 t. salt
  5. 2 sticks butter
  6. 4 T. cocoa
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 t. vanilla


  1. 1 stick butter
  2. 4 T. cocoa
  3. 6 T. buttermilk
  4. 1 lb. powered sugar
  5. 1–2 cups chopped pecans (optional, depending on taste preferences)

Foodie Byte: This recipe calls for butter, but the original recipe called for “oleo”! That tells you how old the recipe really is!



  1. Sift flour, sugar, soda and salt and set aside.
  2. In mixing bowl, mix butter, cocoa and water together.
  3. Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Mix well and pour into a greased and floured 18 x 12-inch cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15–20 minutes.


  1. Soften butter
  2. Add 4 T. cocoa
  3. Add 6 T. buttermilk
  4. Add powdered sugar — just enough to make it spreadable, but about 1 lb.
  5. Mix well.
  6. If adding chopped pecans, add at this time.
  7. Spread over cake while cake is still hot, then let it cool before serving. (If you can stand it!)

Originally published at www.foodchannel.com.

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