Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Whenever I think about a classic southern dessert, this Texas chocolate sheet cake definitely comes to mind. There’s something about the thinner, spongy cake layer. Not to mention, this recipe is made with sour cream, and makes the cake so perfectly decadent and rich. Top it off with the chocolate powdered sugary glaze, with or without the walnut for a perfect dessert for a crowd. I love, love this cake so much. Keep reading to see how I make my classic Texas sheet cake.

Whenever I think about a classic southern dessert, this Texas chocolate sheet cake definitely comes to mind. There's something about the thinner, spongy cake layer. Not to mention, this recipe is made with sour cream, and makes the cake so perfectly decadent and rich. Top it off with the chocolate powdered sugary glaze, with or without the walnut for a perfect dessert for a crowd. I love, love this cake so much. Keep reading to see how I make my classic Texas sheet cake.

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Sheet Cake

It’s just so good

This cake is almost brownie-like. It’s something to me about the thickness. It’s maybe a little more dense than regular. But it’s just better. Trust me.

with or without nuts

You don’t have to make this cake with the walnuts in the glaze. Or just make half of it with the walnuts!

top it with ice cream

When this cake comes out of the oven, top it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Oh my gosh…

Whenever I think about a classic southern dessert, this Texas chocolate sheet cake definitely comes to mind. There's something about the thinner, spongy cake layer. Not to mention, this recipe is made with sour cream, and makes the cake so perfectly decadent and rich. Top it off with the chocolate powdered sugary glaze, with or without the walnut for a perfect dessert for a crowd. I love, love this cake so much. Keep reading to see how I make my classic Texas sheet cake.

Equipment You’ll Need

Ok. The thing about sheet cakes is that you really need a jelly roll pan to make this. Typically they are 10 by 15 inches with about a 1 inch lip on them. If you don’t have this exact size, just use a cookie sheet to that has a lip! Other items you’ll need is a saucepan, whisk, measuring cups and some bowls.

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Whenever I think about a classic southern dessert, this Texas chocolate sheet cake definitely comes to mind. There's something about the thinner, spongy cake layer. Not to mention, this recipe is made with sour cream, and makes the cake so perfectly decadent and rich. Top it off with the chocolate powdered sugary glaze, with or without the walnut for a perfect dessert for a crowd. I love, love this cake so much. Keep reading to see how I make my classic Texas sheet cake.

What Makes This Cake Different and Soo Much Better

The Sour cream

The sour cream in this recipe makes this cake so amazingly delicious. It gives it the richness and that perfect texture for such a tiny little thin piece of cake. It may sound strange if you’ve never made a cake with sour cream before, but I promise you won’t regret it.

The Glaze

I’m really not a big, huge icing fan so this is also why I love this cake so much. This glaze is the perfect amount to keep the cake moist and gives it that extra amazing flavor. Don’t forget the vanilla extract!

Whenever I think about a classic southern dessert, this Texas chocolate sheet cake definitely comes to mind. There's something about the thinner, spongy cake layer. Not to mention, this recipe is made with sour cream, and makes the cake so perfectly decadent and rich. Top it off with the chocolate powdered sugary glaze, with or without the walnut for a perfect dessert for a crowd. I love, love this cake so much. Keep reading to see how I make my classic Texas sheet cake.

Step by Step How to Make This Amazing Chocolate Sheet Cake

STEP ONE

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients for your cake. This will be your flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. In a small saucepan, melt two sticks of butter on medium heat then add in your cocoa and water. Whisk thoroughly then remove from heat, then add it to your dry ingredients. Mix.

step two

Making sure that your batter is not too hot, add in your eggs and sour cream and whisk until no clots are present. Add it to a greased 10 x 15 jelly roll pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

step three

While your cake’s in the oven, rinse out the same saucepan then melt your butter and add in all the ingredients minus the nuts to the pan. Mix well then add in the nuts. Pour over cake and spread evenly with a spatula immediately when cake come out of the oven. Serve warm and enjoy!

Whenever I think about a classic southern dessert, this Texas chocolate sheet cake definitely comes to mind. There's something about the thinner, spongy cake layer. Not to mention, this recipe is made with sour cream, and makes the cake so perfectly decadent and rich. Top it off with the chocolate powdered sugary glaze, with or without the walnut for a perfect dessert for a crowd. I love, love this cake so much. Keep reading to see how I make my classic Texas sheet cake.
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Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Whenever I think about a classic southern dessert, this Texas chocolate sheet cake definitely comes to mind. There's something about the thinner, spongy cake layer. Not to mention, this recipe is made with sour cream, and makes the cake so perfectly decadent and rich. Top it off with the chocolate powdered sugary glaze, with or without the walnut for a perfect dessert for a crowd. I love, love this cake so much. Keep reading to see how I make my classic Texas sheet cake.
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
10 minutes
Total 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 10 x 15 inch Jelly Roll Pan
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring Cups
  • Small Saucepan

Ingredients
  

Sheet Cake
  • 2 sticks Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Eggs
Frosting
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients for your cake. This will be your flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. In a small saucepan, melt two sticks of butter on medium heat then add in your cocoa and water. Whisk thoroughly then remove from heat, then add it to your dry ingredients. Mix.
  • Making sure that your batter is not too hot, add in your eggs and sour cream and whisk until no clots are present. Add it to a greased 10 x 15 jelly roll pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • While your cake's in the oven, rinse out the same saucepan then melt your butter and add in all the ingredients minus the nuts to the pan. Mix well then add in the nuts. Pour over cake and spread evenly with a spatula immediately when cake come out of the oven. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  1. I’ve found this cake gets a funny flavor after 3-4 days at room temperature. 
  2. You don’t have to make it with the walnuts, but you could also substitute those for pecans if you wish to do so.
Keywords cheesecake, Chocolate
Whenever I think about a classic southern dessert, this Texas chocolate sheet cake definitely comes to mind. There's something about the thinner, spongy cake layer. Not to mention, this recipe is made with sour cream, and makes the cake so perfectly decadent and rich. Top it off with the chocolate powdered sugary glaze, with or without the walnut for a perfect dessert for a crowd. I love, love this cake so much. Keep reading to see how I make my classic Texas sheet cake.

Before you go…

Please let me know what you thought about this amazingly easy sheet cake recipe. Do you have any suggestions for other chocolate cake ideas? What about chocolate cake mix recipes with sour cream? I want to know! Let me know here or in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

Samantha

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