Easiest Texas Sheet Cake Recipe- Desserts for a Crowd

I want to share with you my favorite recipe for Texas sheet cake. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing dessert that’s easy to make and absolutely delicious, then this is the recipe for you.

Before we get started, let me tell you a little bit about Texas sheet cake. This classic dessert is a thin, moist chocolate cake that’s typically baked in a large, rectangular pan and topped with a rich chocolate frosting. It’s perfect for feeding a crowd

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We love making cakes, especially for our family’s birthdays. However, we are looking for a make ahead desserts to feed a crowd and don’t have time to let the cake layers cool and then assemble the cake, a Texas sheet cake is the perfect solution.

Not many cake recipes can you pour the frosting over a warm cake. This is a forget it and go type recipe, that even my 15-year old baked all on her own. 


Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe- Desserts for a Crowd

The Texas Sheet Cake Recipe is exceptionally moist and rich in chocolate flavor that I am sure the entire crowd will be thrilled to indulge.

So next time you plan on bringing a dessert to a party, bake up a tray of this Texas Sheet Cake, you won’t be disappointed.

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

This is the perfect cake to bake up for a crowd. Maybe you are hosting a Super Bowl party or just having friends over for a potluck, serve up this make-ahead cake in no time.

The best part is that you could easily decorate it later for any occasion.

Dessert for a Crowd 20 People

This cake is baked in a 10×13 baking pan and is very dense in flavor that you can easily serve 20 people off one cake.


How to Make this Desserts for a Crowd of 50

I think I would even make this for a dessert buffet and just cut it into bite-size portions for a wonderful bite of chocolate. Making desserts for a crowd does not have to be hard, just get an arsenal of great recipes.  

Make a double batch to get enough to feed a crowd of 50 if you don’t want smaller pieces. 

What is a Texas Sheet Cake?

What makes this Texas Sheet Cake Recipe so easy, is you frost the cake while it is warm out of the oven. No waiting around for it to cool. The frosting is sweet and made easily on the stovetop while you wait for the cake to bake.

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe


This cake stayed moist for several days. We did not add nuts to the frosting as is traditional for Chocolate sheet cakes because my youngest does not care for nuts in things. You can easily add it to the top for decoration.


Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Tips for making the perfect Texas sheet cake

  • Use quality ingredients for best flavor
  • Measure ingredients carefully and accurately
  • Don’t overmix the batter to avoid a tough cake texture

2 Variations on classic Texas sheet cake

  • Peanut butter Texas sheet cake
    • Substitute 1/2 cup peanut butter for 1/2 cup of the butter in the cake batter
    • Add 1/2 cup chopped peanuts to the batter
    • Make a frosting with 1/4 cup peanut butter and 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Cinnamon Texas sheet cake
    • Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the dry ingredients in the cake batter
    • Use coffee instead of water in the cake batter for a richer flavor
    • Make a frosting with 1/4 cup butter, 2 tablespoons coffee, and 3 cups powdered sugar

How to store and serve Texas sheet cake

  • Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days
  • Freeze leftover cake for up to 3 months in an airtight container or freezer bag
  • Serve Texas sheet cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream

Creative ways to use leftover Texas sheet cake

  • Make cake truffles by crumbling leftover cake and mixing with cream cheese frosting
  • Use leftover cake as a base for ice cream sundae by adding scoops of ice cream and toppings
  • Make a layered dessert by alternating layers of leftover cake, pudding, and whipped cream in a trifle dish

Make-ahead Desserts for a Crowd

You are super busy getting ready for your guests.  The last thing you want to worry about is making multiple desserts to feed everyone.    Think about these yummy and freezable MINI KEY LIME pies to feed a crowd too.  Just make several batches as one recipe makes about 11. 

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Be sure to pin this recipe for your next dessert for a crowd need.


Texas Sheet Cake Recipe


I could use a slice right now if I was not trying to limit my sweets in the new year.

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe


What your favorite dessert to make for a crowd? Don’t have one that you need to try this Texas Sheet Cake Recipe.

Other Desserts To Feed A Crowd recipes you might like:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars For a Crowd

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Texas Sheet Cake Recipe- Easy Dessert  for a Crowd

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Texas Sheet Cake

Yield: 20 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Chocolate Cake Recipe to feed a crowd with this Texas Sheet Cake Recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbs vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups 1 lb confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15 inch pan.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture, mixing until blended.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. For the icing: In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over warm cake.
Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 362Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 59mgSodium 199mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 1gSugar 42gProtein 3g

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