Chocolate (Texas) Sheet Cake:Ree & Leigh{Anne}

The title of today’s Pioneer Women recipe post is a little different you may have noticed.

Ree vs. Leigh{Anne} instead of Ree and Leigh {Anne}.

Today’s PW recipe is her Chocolate Sheet Cake.  Her cake was yummy.  It was chocolaty and actually more fudge like than cake like in my book.  Fudge like is not a bad thing I just prefer my Texas Sheet Cake to be more cake like!  Although I must admit the photo of my version of her cake looks more fudge like than the photo of the one she made!

Texas Sheet Cake PW

I have a Chocolate (Texas) Sheet Cake recipe that I have used for years that I love.  I was anxious to compare it to PW’s version.

I love Pioneer Women, you know that, but I’ve got to say that my recipe is better than hers.  Especially if you prefer a little more “cake like” Texas Sheet Cake. As I compared the recipes there was very little difference, in fact there is only really one difference.  Mine has vinegar in it – I guess that must be the secret ingredient!

So I’m throwing out a challenge to all of you – if you’ve tried PW’s version I’d love for you to try mine and let me know what you think.  See if you think that vinegar makes any difference!

Those of you who haven’t tried either – have some fun and have a Texas Sheet Cake tasting party and let me know which one you like better! Be sure and invite alot of people over because it makes a nice big cake (a jelly roll pan size)

One of the tricks to a good Texas sheet cake is that you  frost the cake while it is warm.  You want that frosting to soak into the cake part way – yum!

Texas Sheet Cake PW

I don’t have any photos of my version of Texas Sheet Cake so you’ll just have to imagine.  PW also uses nuts in her icing but I left them out as I’m not a big fan of nuts in my baked goods.

Texas Sheet Cake PW

So here’s Pioneer Women’s version

Pioneer Woman’s version

Chocolate (Texas) Sheet Cake:Ree & Leigh{Anne}
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • ½ cups Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ½ cups Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 1-¾ stick Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 6 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 pound (minus ½ Cup) Powdered Sugar
Texas Sheet Cake
  • Leigh Anne's version
  • 2 C flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cubes/sticks butter
  • ¼ C cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ C buttermilk
  • 1 C hot water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 cube/stick butter, softened
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • ¼ C cocoa
  • 3¾ C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter
  3. Add cocoa
  4. Stir together
  5. Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat
  6. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.
  7. In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla
  8. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture
  9. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes
  10. While cake is baking, make the icing
  11. Chop pecans finely
  12. Melt butter in a saucepan
  13. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat
  14. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar--stir together
  15. Add the pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake
Texas Sheet Cake
  1. Leigh Anne's version
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, salt, in a bowl and set aside
  3. Mix together butter, cocoa, eggs, buttermilk, hot water, baking soda, vanilla, and vinegar in your mixer
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix well
  5. Pour into a greased 15x10x1 pan
  6. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
  1. Mix butter, milk and cocoa together
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla
  3. Beat well and spread on hot cake as it comes from oven
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Valery says

    I keep hearing how fantastic this cake is, but I’m afraid to try it because I’m pretty sure it uses more butter than even Paula Dean has ever used haha!

  2. Shannon says

    It’s the baking soda in combination with the vinegar that makes your Texas sheet cake more cake like. Try mixing vinegar and baking soda in a bowl together and watch the way they bubble and foam when you add them together. My cinnamon roll recipe calls for baking soda and vinegar in addition to the yeast and they turn out so nice and light!

  3. says

    mmmm! we just made pioneer woman’s sheet cake a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious! but i have to say, ours was very cake like, i wouldn’t have called it fudgey… i’ll have to try your recipe and let you know how they compare :)

  4. Mary Kathryn says

    I like a good food challenge like this… just need to find some people who aren’t being “healthy” to test it on. I will let you know if/when I do and the results.

  5. Valerie H. says

    I am a big fan of PW Texas sheet cake. I’ll try your recipe with the vinegar
    too. I’m always looking for the best recipes. :-) Thanks for the comparison.

  6. Rebecca Luke says

    I gott be honest, my family’s Texas Cake recipe has been a favorite of EVERY function we’ve brought it to. But it’s quite a bit different than these two because it’s made with sour cream and cinnamon in the cake. It’s to die for!

  7. Eldora Phillips says

    My recipe is like your’s and one of my favorite
    cakes however I’ve started adding cinnamon to
    my cake AND frosting-it is delicious

  8. Roxanna says

    I have a favorite Texas Sheet Cake recipe similar to Rebecca Luke’s recipe, but I’m always ready to try something new so…I made your recipe of cake and since my own recipe has a cooked frosting recipe, I used PW’s frosting recipe. Anxious to see how it turns out! I’m also making chicken pesto for lunch tomorrow! My guests are going to be guinea pigs!

  9. says

    For some reason, my mom has always called her Texas Sheet Cake recipe hot fudge squares. It’s similar to both you and PW’s recipes. The only time I’ve used vinegar though is when I haven’t had buttermilk, and someone told me once that adding vinegar to milk in a recipe is a substitute for buttermilk. I don’t know, but it works. My mom’s also has cinnamon in the cake part and marshmallows melted into the frosting part.

  10. says

    This recipe cracks me up. An entire pound of butter!!! I’ve made it a couple of times, though mine didn’t look nearly as dense as yours. Interesting.

  11. says

    Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been making your sheet cake for a couple of years now and it is always a HUGE hit! Out of curiosity I tried the Pioneer Woman’s last month and didn’t care for it. I’m not sure exactly, but I think it was the texture. So tonight I have to bring a dessert and am bringing your Texas Sheet Cake once again! Thanks for the recipe!


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