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Friday, February 6, 2015

Grandma Rees' Texas Sheet Cake

     I remember this cake was quite a treat at Grandma's house when I was a kid.  It is a great cake for a crowd because it is baked in a half sheet pan.   Which is good when there are a bunch of Rees kids running around.  The icing really makes the cake.  This is a fudgy wonderfully sweet and smooth frosting.  You just pour it over the cake, so there is no concern of getting it smooth and perfect.  Besides, it is fun to make a cake and frosting from scratch and not have to drag out the mixer!

    I have seen other recipes for Texas sheet cake, but most don't have the cinnamon.  This is a great touch that makes this cake stand apart.  It is just enough to give some character.  MMMM!

Grandma Rees' Texas Sheet Cake


2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butter
4 T cocoa
1 cup water
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla


4 T cocoa
6 T milk
1/2 cup butter
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking soda.  Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, bring butter, water and cocoa to a boil.  Pour over flour mixture and stir until incorporated.
  4. Add the rest if the ingredients and stir until uniform.
  5. Pour into a well greased half sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes
  6. Once the cake is mostly cooled, start the frosting by bringing the butter, cocoa and milk to a boil.
  7. Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla and spread over the cake.  Easy peasy!
    Somebody get me a spoon!
  8. Spread over cake

    Really... a spoon please.  I can't take it!
Since this cake is great for a crowd, I made it for the super bowl.  Shhhhh! 
 Don't tell anyone the secret play!


  1. That is a yummy cake. I always like to sprinkle in a pinch of ground hot pepper too. After all, Texans like everything with a little heat.

  2. This looks good and easy! Thank you :)

    1. It is very yummy and super easy. It doesn't even need a mixer!

  3. Carlee, your cake was the number 1 most-viewed feature at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Sorry, I am not sure how I removed your comment! Sometimes I click faster than I think! This recipe is really good. It brings back so many fun memories!