Chocolate Sheet Cake

Chocolate Sheet Cake

There is a reason why Ree Drummond calls her chocolate sheet cake the Best. Ever. It is the best.chocolate.cake.ever. You absolutely gotta try it. I have been wanting to make this recipe for a long time but the fact that it calls for a lot of butter and sugar has always kept me away. But it was finally time to put my new sheet cake pan to use and also, did I mention that everything is always better with butter? ๐Ÿ˜‰ A little bit of decadence in the form of a perfect slice of chocolate cake can only be good.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

We did tweak the recipe slightly and reduced the sugar in the cake. We also reduced the amount of frosting that we spread on the cake thereby reducing the butter and powdered sugar. Even with the reduced sugar in both the cake and frosting, it was perfectly sweet and delish. We also added some instant coffee powder to both the cake batter and the frosting. I have heard Ina Garten and a lot of other pastry chefs say that it enhances the chocolatey flavor in cakes and Iโ€™m not sure if it really does, but in our heads it sure does. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh, we should also tell you that we had the most difficult time taking pictures of the cake. The cake was reflecting way too much light and it became impossible to capture it all in one frame. We tried and then gave up and added some sprinkles on top and that sort of helped a bit. Nevertheless, the cake was A.W.E.S.O.M.E. oops, did I already say that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chocolate Sheet Cake

So we are bringing this absolutely delicious, moist, chocolate-y chocolate sheet cake to Fiesta Friday. Donโ€™t worry- we have enough for all of you!

ย Here is how we made it:

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Yield: One 18X12 inch sheet cake


    For the Cake
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ยผ cups sugar
  • ยผ teaspoon salt
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ยฝ teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ยฝ cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Frosting
  • ยฝ cup butter
  • 3 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ยฝ teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ยฝ- 2 cups powdered sugar


    For the Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 18x12 sheet cake pan and set this aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar and salt and keep this aside.
  3. In a pan, melt the butter. Add the cocoa and coffee powder and stir well.
  4. Next, add the boiling water and allow this to boil for about 30-40 seconds and then turn off heat. Pour this butter cocoa mix over the flour mixture and stir lightly. Allow this to cool for about 1 minute or so.
  5. In a separate but small bowl or a measuring cup, mix the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Then add in the baking soda.
  6. Next, stir the buttermilk mixture into flour butter cocoa mixture. Mix this only until combined well.
  7. Pour the batter into the sheet cake pan and bake at 350 F for 18-20 minutes.
  8. For the Frosting
  9. Melt the butter in a saucepan; then add in the cocoa and coffee powder and stir well. Turn off the heat.
  10. Next add in the vanilla extract, milk and powdered sugar. Stir until it forms a thick but pouring consistency.
  11. Pour this frosting over the warm cake and allow the cake to cool slightly before cutting into it.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

You’ll find Ree Drummond’s original recipe here.


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  2. It looks yummy! I must confess I’m not a big fan of chocolate cake but lately I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe, the one that would take me back to my childhood, when I loved chocolate cakes (even my mum’s recipe won’t do). But this one looks so much like the ones I used to eat as a child that I just have to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Anything chocolate has got to be good. But if it’s from Ree Drummond, and it has coffee, it’s got to be fantastic! Bookmarked! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. May I have a slice of this lovely cake??? The texture looks amazing!

  5. Hey guys! I think the photos you took are great! The frosting doesn’t seem shiny at all. Did you ever send me the other pics? Let me know! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I have a very similar recipe but call it “Texas Sheet Cake”. This cake is the best, so chocolaty. I like the sprinkles instead of nuts too ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ahhh! I’ve been craving for something chocolatey lately and this sounds really good!! Could you hand me some of these, please? ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Ree Drummond’s recipes always scare me because of the sugar and fat content, but they always turn out soooo good (because of the sugar and fat content)! This sheet cake does truly look delicious. I just saw she made a four tiered chocolate cake on the food network I want to try, but maybe I should stick to the simple sheet cake first. Love the star confetti too! xx

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    They look delicious and I love the frosting on the top, so yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Dear confused bawarchis, no cake-confusion eh? – 1) decision on the best cake eveeerrrr ? Check 2) decision to reduce sugar content to make healthy chocolate cake? Check 3) Decision to stop focusing on the lighting so you could go ahead and eat the whole cake? double check and therefore add sprinkles, very smart. You can tell us the real reason why you added the sprinkles ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree everything is better with butter, apart from your clothes and how they fit you. Happy weekend Poli

    • You are one funny person, Poli! I was almost rolling on the floor laughing at this message. By far the best message we’ve received! yayy! And you totally caught us on sprinkles there! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And well we didn’t have the whole cake- but half- yes :D. We packed off some cake for our friends- we are smart, aren’t we? Why should we be the only ones shopping for new clothes. :p

  11. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, I’m so afraid to make it though, because I know I won’t be able to stay away from it; so I may have to put it on the back burner till I have the next gathering of friends around. I like that it’s a sheet cake too.

    • Thanks, Loretta! It took a lot of thinking here as well before I actually made the cake. It was so irresistible. We made boxes for our friends and gave it to them too- chocolate cake loving! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Oh yum, yum! Indulgence at a party is always excused, besides you have reduced the amount of sugar and butter. The cake really shines, the way you say! Really feel like trying this, maybe with applesauce instead of the eggs?

    • I know. Thank god for parties! Don’t know about replacing eggs with applesauce. I tried doing it with muffins once and the muffins were too dense. Tell us if you try it and if it works?

  13. Hi guys

    Thank you so much for bringing this delectable chocolate treat to the party this week, I’m sure there will be lots of very grateful guests, and they won’t care about the photos..they’ll just want a taste!!! Have fun guys xxx

  14. WHOA, this looks amazing, your site is AWESOME too by the way, I LOVE the layout and design, it’s sooo easy to see your recent awesome recipes and to use your recipe index. Your pictures are SO good too, I’m so glad I found you, I’ll definitely be coming back! Great to meet you at FF! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Great to meet you too, Stephanie. SO glad you love it here :). Look forward to exploring your blog more! Hope you have fun at FF- it’s awesome and you’ll love it.

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  16. I love Ree’s recipes too ๐Ÿ™‚ And this sheet cake looks so gooood!!!

  17. Sounds and looks great! I’d definitely want a nice big piece

  18. Oh my goodness…chocolate…lots of chocolate! Chocolate is always a good thing…especially in my mouth. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Delicious recipe!

    • Nancy- not just chocolate.. butter.. sugar.. how bad can it be now ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hahah.. You should try the recipe for a party- people will be in total awe of you (if they aren’t already) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Oh dear – this looks so good that I don’t think I am going to be able to stop thinking about it – it’s certainly not going to last long at FF16!! Ree Drummond is not known as the Queen of Butter for nothing! But with their active lifestyle I guess it’s ok for them. Great tip about adding a little coffee to the batter btwโ€ฆSometimes, it is easier to photograph chocolate goodies on a darker background – say a wooden board or brown paperโ€ฆPinch of Yum has some great tips on their blog…

    • I agree. Their lifestyle pretty much let’s them have so much butter- this is exactly what Nikhil & I discuss when we see her putting god knows how many cups of cream, half and half and butter in her dishes. And with the photographs, Selma- we tried everything, black foam board, diffuser etc etc but didn’t work too much. ๐Ÿ™ We must have clicked a good 100 pics to get a bunch of 5-6 decent looking pics. In fact a few months ago we bought Pinch of Yum’s e-book on photography and our pictures sure have improved after that :). I guess some practice is what we need!

  20. It is superrrrrrr loaded but when you wear your party heals on….everything is fair…a good bite of a decadent cake is so wanted on a party night. :).

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