Texas Sheet Cake


  • 1 cup unsalted butter 
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (alternatively, you can substitute 8 ounces sour cream for the buttermilk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 recipe for Hershey's cocoa chocolate icing


Step 1: Sift sugar, salt, flour, and baking soda together. Set aside.
Step 2: Add butter, water and cocoa to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Continue boiling for two minutes.  
Step 3: Remove from heat and add sifted dry ingredients. 
Step 4: Using an electric mixer, add eggs, one at a time. 
Step 5: Add buttermilk (or sour cream) and mix well until just incorporated.
Step 5: Pour into greased and lightly floured sheet pan (12" X 15" pan).  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 6: Spread icing on hot cake.

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