Recipe: The Pioneer Woman's Texas chocolate sheet cake

Recipe: The Pioneer Woman's Texas chocolate sheet cake


Recipe: The Pioneer Woman's Texas chocolate sheet cake


Texas might be best known for its barbecued brisket, but the Lonestar State is also responsible for one of America’s favorite desserts: chocolate cake.

You might not know it, but that German chocolate cake you grew up eating has no German roots – it was actually created in Texas. Very similar in taste, but way easier to make, is Texas’ other famous dessert: chocolate sheet cake.

Rather than dealing with multiple layers and precise frosting of a German chocolate cake, sheet cake is as simple as it gets, baked in one long sheet pan and smothered in pecan-laced hot fudge that’s just poured right on top.

This sheet cake is every bit as rich and chocolatey as its more famous cousin, but without all the work. No baking skills? No problem.

Because this cake is so simple, and most of the flavor in both the batter and the “frosting” comes from cocoa powder, make sure you spring for the good stuff. You’ll be able to taste the difference.

And as an added bonus, this cake is big enough to feed a huge party – because Texas.

This recipe is courtesy of The Food Network’s Ree Drummond, AKA The Pioneer Woman, who also makes an excellent chocolate and peanut butter pie.

Scroll through the photos below for step-by-step instructions on how to make this chocolatey Texas sheet cake.


For cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For frosting:

  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1-3/4 sticks butter
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound (minus 1/2 cup) powdered sugar

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