Skillet Texas Sheet Cake recipe

Skillet Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

One of my favorite desserts as a child was a Texas Sheet Cake made by a close family friend. She would make it for every church pot luck, and it was my go to dessert. I really regret not getting her recipe, because I’ve tried dozens of version trying to figure out a recipe close to the one she made. It’s a really great recipe for

pot luck dinners or family gatherings because a typical Texas Sheet Cake will feed a crowd. I created this Skillet Texas Sheet Cake recipe to feed a family, because a whole sheet cake is too much for us. I also put a layer of pecans between the cake and frosting, because I firmly believe most desserts can be made better with pecans and ice cream.

Skillet Texas Sheet Cake recipe

Skillet texas sheet cake

I know that making a sheet cake in a cast iron skillet, means that technically it’s no longer a sheet cake. I thought that calling it a Skillet Texas Cake wouldn’t quite make sense.

Skillet texas sheet cake

Skillet Texas Sheet Cake Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • Icing:
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 2½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • Optional: chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Lightly grease a cast iron skillet
  3. Mix flour, sugars, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl
  4. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat
  5. Whisk cocoa powder and water into the melted butter
  6. In a separate bowl whisk together buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla
  7. Temper egg milk mixture with cocoa butter mixture
  8. Add mixed egg, milk, cocoa, and butter mixture to the dry ingredients
  9. Mix well
  10. Pour into cast iron skillet
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  12. While the cake is baking, prepare the icing
  13. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat
  14. Whisk in cocoa powder until smooth
  15. Add in milk, vanilla, and salt
  16. Mix well and bring to a low boil
  17. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar
  18. Sprinkle pecan over the top of the cake
  19. Pour chocolate icing mixture over the warm cake
  20. Allow cake and icing to cool before serving.

The directions state to allow the icing to set before serving, and that takes patience and self-control. I like the texture of the icing when it’s sets, so I try my best to wait it out. The icing should have a slight crunch when you slice through it.

Skillet texas sheet cake

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The icing is similar to fudge, so I usually help curb the sweetness by serving it with ice cream. You could also use whipped cream.

Skillet texas sheet cake

What’s your favorite pot luck dessert? Did you a favorite dish during childhood that wasn’t made by a relative? Please let me know if you make this Skillet Texas Sheet Cake Recipe, and to add a little more spice to the cake mix you can try adding a pinch of cloves.

Skillet texas sheet cake recipe


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