Pioneer Woman’s Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake


I tried to call her bluff! It was as if her post on The Best Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake was written just for me- double dog daring me to give it a try and see if it isn’t the best. I hate when the Pioneer Woman is right. Okay not really- I love when she is right because I always know I can easily make a recipe of hers without worrying about the end result. I just know it will be fabulous and fabulous this sheet cake was!

I was thinking to myslf, “Is it a Texas No-No to have lived in Texas now for 6 years and have never made their infamous sheet cake until now?” The Answer: YES! It is a huge NO NO to have not experience one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever put in my mouth let alone one of the easiest desserts you will ever make. I had been having this sheet cake on my radar for quite some time now and I attempted to see what all the fuss was about and serve it at our weekly Thursday little socials we have for our friends. AMAZING! Simply AMAZING- the fuss was much deserved and I give all the credit to the goddess of food- the Pioneer Woman. This serve straight from the pan cake was absolutely the moistest, chocolatest and most decadent treat I have had in a while and take my word for it- YOU WILL NOT be able to take just one bite. It is addictive and keeps calling you back for more and more until you realize you ate the whole thing way too much. It could easily serve a huge crowd of people. It is intended to have a fugdey chocolate frosting on top but by all means adapt the cake to your liking (the frosting that is ) and try different flavors like buttercream, or white chocolate (I think thats on my list for next time).

When I decided to do this Texas Sheet Cake I had no idea that in an instant it would easily turn into one of my favorite cakes. In conclusion- TRY THIS and let it be known that I have given you a fair warning: To All Texas Sheet Cake eaters, after having the first bite of this divine creation you must resist the urge to dive into the rest of the cake hands first, skipping the utensils until you are about to explode.


Pioneer Woman’s Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 1-3/4 stick Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 6 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 pound (minus 1/2 Cup) Powdered Sugar


In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together. Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.

While cake is baking, make the icing. Chop pecans finely. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together. Add the pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake. Cut into squares, eat, and totally wig out over the fact that you’ve just made the best chocolate sheet cake. Ever.



  1. Joanne

    This has definitely been on my radar of P-Dub recipes to try, but like you I was kind of scared that it wouldn’t live up to expectations! If it has your seal of approval though…I’m on it.

    08 . Jul . 2011
  2. Three-Cookies

    I am totally convinced, plus the photos speaks for itself. It is dangerous to have the whole cake lying around

    08 . Jul . 2011
  3. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh this just looks so moist and delicious!! I have tried several of Pioneer Woman’s recipes and have liked them all. One of my favorites is her spinach and feta humus!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  4. Maureen

    This looks so good! I’ll have to make one.. resistance is futile πŸ™‚

    08 . Jul . 2011
  5. Bonnie

    I agree–it’s great! I first made it when we actually lived in Texas. Once, when I was just putting it together, my three year old came in and said his little friend had fallen into our pool. I dropped everything and headed to the backyard. But, wait–we don’t HAVE A POOL!! The kids had turned on the hose and made a lake–less than an inch deep. What I’m getting at is that I left out several ing. in the cake and it still turned out well. Sorry, can’t remember which ones. The child who fell in the “pool” was fine, if muddy!

    Have a great weekend.


    08 . Jul . 2011
  6. Shawn

    So glad you shared!!! I’ve seen recipes for the famous Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake but never made it. It looks delightful and I know that I’ll make it soon.

    08 . Jul . 2011
  7. High Heeled Life

    YUM! must give this a try .. thanks for sharing it..xo HHL

    08 . Jul . 2011
  8. Mary

    Well you have absolutely convinced me! Your photos are beautiful and although I’m reading this at breakfast time – I could eat the whole thing – so moist and light and totally DELICIOUS!! This is going to be a winner in my house – thanks!
    Mary x

    08 . Jul . 2011
  9. Kelli

    This chocolate loving gal is in some kind of heaven right now. O how I wish I could sneak a bite of your pics. I could see myself enjoying this for breakfast with my morning coffee. Keep em coming girl!!!!!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  10. Jen BA

    Your the second blogger this week that posted about Texas sheet cake. I will sheepishly admit that I had never heard of it before, but reading these posts has convinced me that I absolutely must give it a try!!!

    Hope all is well!!!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  11. Misty, Southern Belle Mama

    I have made this recipe twice and it is (I dare to say) my favorite cake recipe! As a sheet cake, the ratio of cake and icing is perfect! Your post just made me want to make it again. πŸ™‚

    08 . Jul . 2011
  12. Anna and Liz Recipes

    We Love anything chocolate and this looks heavenly! And with a crunch its even better!
    My oldest daughter lived in Texas ( for a few years) as a new anchor for CBS, we loved Texas foods and dessert!
    Thanks for sharing!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  13. Candace

    This is hands down my favorite chocolate cake. I have never, ever tried to make one though. I haven’t ever had what I thought was the “right” sheet pan to make it in and wasn’t sure how to convert it for a different pan. You have me craving it now so I might just have to give it a try….unless you want to send me some, of course. πŸ™‚

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  14. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen

    Pioneer Woman always has the best recipes–I’m almost afraid to try this πŸ˜€

    08 . Jul . 2011
  15. The Slow Roasted Italian

    Ok, I had to pause and take a breath. I am trying to drink a protein shake over here… Granted chocolate (or so they say) but definitely NOT as good as PW’s cake! Wow! This looks amazing. I apparently have not been able to resist the urge to dive into things, or I would be eating this cake for breakfast instead of the shake. ; )

    08 . Jul . 2011
  16. Malli

    That is so sinfully divine!! I am a chocoholic who would love to take a bite of this moist cake:)

    08 . Jul . 2011
  17. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Man, I’ve been really wanting to eat this cake.I love the nuts in the frosting. That first picture of your cake—it looks so yummy!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  18. Alli

    OMG! I almost made this last weekend but, I could not stay in the kitchen. I am bummed I did not make it but, you have motivated me to get it on the menu for next week.

    08 . Jul . 2011
  19. Food Glorious food

    Such a keeper!!! Need no say more πŸ™‚

    08 . Jul . 2011
  20. anne

    i made this some time ago and loved it so much! thanks for reminding me tomake it again! anne

    08 . Jul . 2011
  21. Erica

    I have a father in law who is OBSESSED with chocolate. I feel like I need to make him this now…and his birthday is next week! Coincidence? I think not!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  22. dadΓ‘ flavors

    Wonderful!, I love chocolate recipes. It looks delicious.

    08 . Jul . 2011
  23. Maris(In Good Taste)

    You don’t have to ask me twice! On my to do list!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  24. Silver Strands

    Yummy – my mother makes a great Texas sheet cake – I’ll have to compare them πŸ™‚

    08 . Jul . 2011
  25. jennifurla

    I have made this too, love it – nice blog!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  26. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Oh boy! This dessert is totally dangerous in my house. I’m chocoholic (even though I say I’m “recovering” chocoholic) and now my kids are craaaaaaazy about chocolate. The double chocolate looks extra good. Yummy~~~~~~~~!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  27. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Love P-Dub! Your cake looks so fantastic. I am wishing I had some right now!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  28. Marguerite

    Your Texas Sheet cake looks sinfully delicious! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! Have a great weekend!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  29. Veronica's Kitchen

    Wow, that’s simple, quick and delicious to have. My daughter made me a cake using buttermilk before and that was tasty. I always think that choc cake without real choc is not good enough, I should change my wrong perception now.

    08 . Jul . 2011
  30. Cooking lite

    Fantastic! I have to try this soon! We love chocolate cake.

    08 . Jul . 2011
  31. yummychunklet

    This cake looks and sounds sinfully good! I’ll definitely have to try it. Good thing she didn’t triple dog dare you!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  32. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    My favorite part is the spot where the frosting sinks into the top layer of the cake and it gets all fudgy, ummm so good! Looks like it’s time for me to make another one!

    08 . Jul . 2011
  33. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    Yes, please! I’ve never tried any of the Pioneer Woman’s recipes, but this looks too good to pass up πŸ™‚

    08 . Jul . 2011
  34. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    I’ve never lived in Texas, but I’ve been making Texas Sheet Cake for years and love it! I’ve tried PW’s and it’s almost exactly the same as the one on my old dog-eared recipe card that I’ve had forever. So good!! πŸ™‚

    08 . Jul . 2011
  35. The Harried Cook

    I’ve never tried this, but I think that’s going to change very soon! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing this… It looks fabulous & absolutely decadent! πŸ™‚

    09 . Jul . 2011
  36. kitchen flavours

    This does look good! I have been reading about all the great recipes from The Pioneer Woman, but have yet to really take a good look at that site. Will do that, and bookmarking this recipe. Thank you, and have a lovely weekend!

    09 . Jul . 2011
  37. Strawberry CAKE

    Jessica!!!! jessicAh! Jessica….I CANNOT believe you never had this cake before this. You aint started liven girlfrand until you had this cake. I’m from Michigan and I grew up on this cake. OOh doggee, it’s a good one. So glad you finally tried it. But I hafta brag and say if you have it in Ree’s kitchen it’s the best. That girl can make it in her sleep! So glad you finally tried it! ; ) Sheila

    09 . Jul . 2011
  38. sonia

    Hi Dear, The chocolate cake is looking so tempting and inviting. Cant wait to taste it, cheers, sonia !

    09 . Jul . 2011
  39. Kristy

    Well I’m not a chocolate eater, but you know I have to little ones that are absolute choco-holics. Perhaps when we get to Texas for our state adventure I’ll whip this up for them. I have no doubt that they would love it. And I’d love the fact that it sounds easy. I’m all about easy when it comes to cakes. πŸ™‚

    09 . Jul . 2011
  40. Lily

    Wow~! I am new to your blog and just love it! This cake looks amazing as well as the catfish below! Can’t wait to try out both!

    09 . Jul . 2011
  41. Torrie @ a place to share...

    MUST (x’s 10) TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    09 . Jul . 2011
  42. Greg

    Glad it turned out so well for you. I always hear rave reviews on this one.

    09 . Jul . 2011
  43. Shea

    Well, I drooled when I saw it at the PW blog, and now I’m drooling again! I think I’m going to have to give this one a try!

    09 . Jul . 2011
  44. daphne

    chocolate at its best! I didn’t know texas is famous for its sheet cake!

    10 . Jul . 2011
  45. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Such a scrumptious treat! This looks perfectly moist and delicious πŸ™‚

    10 . Jul . 2011
  46. Cassie

    I love chocolate sheet cake but I have never tried the Pioneer Woman’s version. It sounds amazing and a must try! Thanks for sharing

    10 . Jul . 2011
  47. kankana

    The photo said it all and you words convinced me all the more . This sure does look way too addictive!

    10 . Jul . 2011
  48. teachinfourth

    I followed your link from Sara’s blog but I probably won’t make the cake…after reading over your description, I know that I’m going to like it.

    But I am sorely tempted.

    10 . Jul . 2011
  49. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Okay, I am in. This looks 100% awesome! Yum!

    10 . Jul . 2011
  50. Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe

    YUM! I like that you made it in 3 pans for sharing!

    10 . Jul . 2011
  51. Linda

    You had me excited about this recipe from the first moment I started reading your post!! The texture looks amazing and very moist. I love the topping with the pecans.. totally yummy!

    11 . Jul . 2011
  52. rose

    Love this cake. Always eat it at parties but never made it myself until now! Thanks for sharing

    11 . Jul . 2011
  53. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen

    Ohhhhhhh! this has been my list forever. Ever. But the butter scares me. The butter and the amount i will end up eating scares me. U tempted me even more now!

    11 . Jul . 2011
  54. val

    Can you believe I have never made this sheet cake??? It is now on my To-Do list! MMM

    11 . Jul . 2011
  55. Christina

    I am scared to make this. Scared because I think I will eat the entire sheet of cake! I love PW, everything she makes is fabulous!

    11 . Jul . 2011
  56. Sandie

    All right then, I guess I will have to try this recipe! I’m a huge fan of chocolate blackout cake but I am always open to more chocolate cake recipes (who isn’t?). You make it sound delux!

    11 . Jul . 2011
  57. Loco in the kitchen

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    11 . Jul . 2011
  58. Loco in the kitchen

    Opps sorry about that .I accidentally hit submit – I hate leaving comments on my iPhone:) I was going to say I love anything pw makes so I know this will be good. Thanks for sharing.

    11 . Jul . 2011
  59. Allison @ Alli m Son

    I used this same recipe as part of my ice cream cake. It is SO good. And I don’t usually like chocolate cake. She really knows what she’s doing.

    12 . Jul . 2011
  60. Amanda

    You sure know how to get me off my diet. I swear I can not come to your site anymore unless I am having a special day and I can eat all the yummy goodness you make! Okay, not really will still come by but seriously you are killing me

    12 . Jul . 2011
  61. betty

    looks fantastic i love bakerella πŸ˜€

    12 . Jul . 2011

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