Texas Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

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Servings: 8 to 10
Difficulty: Easy

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1 cup boiling water
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
½ cup whole milk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small bits
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract





Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking pan (with butter, oil, or cooking spray).

To make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together the boiling water and cocoa. Stir in the melted butter. Whisk in the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, both sugars, the baking soda, salt and baking powder. Fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted n the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.

While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting: In a large saucepan, whisk together the sugar and cocoa. Whisk in the milk. Then stir in the butter and corn syrup. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Off the heat, stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.

Spread the frosting over the surface of the cake just as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let the cake cool on a rack, then serve it up.

Publication: From PAULA DEEN’S SOUTHERN COOKING BIBLE. Copyright © 2011 by Paula Deen. Published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Reprinted by permission.

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I'm looking for a cake it was a box mix she was a guest on your show she made cakes at home she had sm.childrens she used a box mix and she put a lot of other ingredients like in milk Her frosting were nice also I don't know her name she is a young mom who bakes for a living thanks Paula

By Roseann tiro on April 17, 2013


I love all of your too die for recipes....you are soo awesome paula..

By denisemcgee1963 on March 27, 2013


My grandmother made a similar cake for us when we were kids. I lost that recipe and found this one. I replaced the unsweetened cocoa with Hershey's Dark unsweetened for the cake and used regular unsweetened cocoa for the frosting. Also didn't have buttermilk but used plain yogurt. Baked mine in a sheet pan for 18 minutes. Excellent recipe Paula! Better than Grandma's!

By Lisa on November 26, 2012


I used hot coffee instead of plain ol' water, with dark cocoa powder, and wow... BEST CAKE EVER!

By Heather Santos on September 30, 2012


This was a great cake! I made it for my husband from your Southern Cooking Bible cookbook. My husband only got a small peice before the rest of my family took it over! Very easy to make although time consuming. Had all the ingredients on hand. My sister has even requested it for her birthday cake and she doesn't usually like chocolate cake! Thanks Paula!

By Casey Hair on September 01, 2012


Awesome cake ... rich and delicious... very easy to make !!! Great cake to take for potluck.

By beckymbrown on August 24, 2012


This is a great cake.....everyone loved it! Super rich and delish!

By Rhonda S. on March 06, 2012


The Frosting is very sweet, too sweet for me and my family. Plus, after pouring the frosting over the cake the cake has the texture of an undone brownie. But my girlfriends family loved this cake. I'm sorry to say it but this will never be made again. Onward to the next recipe.

By Jean Root on January 14, 2012


Super easy to make,everyone loved it.

By charitybolt on January 02, 2012

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