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Test Kitchen Approved

Texas Sheet Cake

Recipe By Tina Jowell


18 servings

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cooking Time

25 Minutes

Recipe By Tina Jowell

This no-fuss cake takes no time to make and it feeds a crowd - which makes it the perfect dessert to contribute to a potluck or party.


For cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. baking soda

For icing:

1 cup (2 sticks) sticks unsalted butter

6 Tbsp. milk

1 lb. powdered sugar

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, plus more to garnish

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Mayan Sea Salt

    Mayan Sea Salt has a clean appearance and flavor but is also an interesting tie to the ancient Mayan way of life. This sea salt was harvested off t...

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  • Natural Cocoa Powder

    Natural Cocoa Powder comes from beans that grow in pods on the Theobroma cacao tree. Native to many South American countries, these trees now grow ...

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  • Baking Spice

    Baking Spice is a great all-purpose blend for baking. Use in place of plain cinnamon to add some oomph to your next dessert. For pies and cakes, us...

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  • Natural Vanilla Extract

    It is our intention to always offer high-quality, pure vanilla extracts. However, rapidly increasing prices may have taken vanilla off the table fo...

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Step 1: Make cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and Mayan Sea Salt. In a small pot, melt butter, then stir in Natural Cocoa Powder and Baking Spice. Add boiling water and allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and pour cocoa mixture over flour mixture and stir lightly to cool. In a separate medium bowl, mix together buttermilk, beaten eggs, baking soda and Natural Vanilla Extract. Stir buttermilk mixture into chocolate and flour mixture.

Step 2: Bake cake

Pour batter into a lightly buttered or oiled 18x13 sheet cake pan. Bake for 20 min. until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 3: Make icing and serve

In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, Natural Cocoa Powder, and Baking Spice. Add milk, Natural Vanilla Extract, and powdered sugar and stir to combine. Fold in pecans. Pour icing over warm cake and garnish with extra pecans. Let cake cool before serving.