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The Yummiest Texas Chocolate Cake Ever

Updated on June 26, 2014

No more birthday cakes, only Grandma's Texas Chocolate Cake.

My mom has been making this chocolate cake for over thirty years. My kids have started asking for grandma's Texas Cake instead of birthday cakes. And my sister's kids ask everytime they are going to see grandma, is she bringing Texas cake.

To help me preserve my family's favorite recipees, I've started putting them on Squidoo so they can be saved forever.

The Top Five Reasons Grandma has the Yummiest Texas Sheet Chocolate Cake

  • chocolate frosting
  • chocolate cake
  • the frosting on the cake
  • pan style
  • texas (do I have to say anything else?)

Ingredients for the Chocolate Cake

The texas sheet cake ingredients

2 cups White Sugar

2 cups Flour

1 Stick Oleo

1/2 cup shortening

4 tablespoons Cocoa

1 cup water

1/2 cup sour milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

Making the chocolate cake

five easy steps

Step 1 - Sift together the sugar and flour in a large bowl.

Step 2 - Melt the Oleo, Cocoa, Shortening, and water into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and pour over sugar and flour.

NOTE: Do not wash the sauce pan right away as we will use it for the frosting later.

Step 3 - Add the sour milk, baking soda, eggs, and vanilla to the mixture and stir all together.

Step 4 - Pour into a 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 greased Jelly Roll Pan. Don't know what a jelly roll pan is, see below.

Step 5 - Bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated 400 degree oven.

The cake pan is very important - Selecting the correct cake pan will make all the difference

One of the things we have learned making this chocolate cake over the year is that the correct cooking sheet is essential into making the chocolate cake perfect every time.

Below is what is called a Jelly Roll Air Pan. What makes this pan different from other regular cookie sheet type pans is it has two sheets insulated by air to make and even cooking surface.

Ingredients for the Chocolate Frosting

The frosting is the best part...don't use store bought.

1 stick oleo

4 tablespoons cocoa

6 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 box conectioner sugar (about 3 3/4 cups)

Making the Chocolate Frosting

Again, don't use chocolate frosting from the store or you'll miss out

Five minutes before taking cake out of the over, using the same saucepan as before:

Step 1 - Melt the oleo

Step 2 - Add the cocoa, milk, vanilla, and confectioner sugar

Step 3 - Beat until smooth

Step 4 - Spreak over hot cake.

Step 5 - Wait five minutes, get a big glass of milk and dig in.

I hope you enjoy the Texas chocolate cake.

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      7 years ago

      Looks very delicious.

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      Moe Wood 

      7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      P.S. I think it is a great idea for preserving your mother's recipes.

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      Moe Wood 

      7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Looks yummy. I have two questions. What is Oleo? What is sour milk? Is that buttermilk? Thanks

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      8 years ago from USA

      I have a similar recipe that calls for butter instead of oleo but I guess with the Texas heat the oleo would stand up better. I'll have to try it.

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      Tom Fattes 

      8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @Faye Rutledge: Thanks partybuzz.

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      Tom Fattes 

      8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @nightbear lm: It is, this is my favorite chocolate cake.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      Mmmm...this sounds wonderful! I've added to my Favorite Chocolate Lenses plexo in my Dark/White Chocolate lens.

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      nightbear lm 

      8 years ago

      this sounds spectacular. Love new recipes.

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      Tom Fattes 

      8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @Heather426: Thanks Heather for the blessing. We just had some on Christmas Eve, it's even good out of the freezer. Go figure.

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      This is the one we have always used too, but then my family is from Texas so it figures, right? thanks for posting it so I don't have to find my old batter splattered recipe.

      5* and blessed just because it is SO GOOD.

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      9 years ago

      I have been searching for this recipe for years! I am so happy to have found your lens.

      Thank you.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Yum ~ My taste buds are watering! Pamela


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