Texas Sheet Cake

This is a very popular cake that is great to make for potlucks or other gatherings.  Since it is made in a jelly roll pan, it cuts easily–and it’s delicious, too.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine or shortening
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup buttermilk*
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*If you don’t have buttermilk, mix 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1/2 cup milk.

Preheat oven to 400.  Grease and flour jelly roll pan (17″ x 11″ pan).

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and sugar.

In a saucepan, heat the butter, shortening, coffee, and the cocoa powder, stirring frequently.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the flour/sugar mixture. Stir in the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.

Spread evenly in the jelly roll pan.

Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven.  Check middle of cake with a toothpick to ensure it is done.


1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-1/2 cups confectioners sugar

Combine butter, milk and cocoa in a saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. spread warm frosting over cake when it comes out of the oven.



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