Texas Sheet Cake Skillet

Rich, moist chocolate sheet cake topped with chocolate frosting and toasted pecans. Made in a cast iron skillet in just a little over 30 minutes!!

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Texas sheet cake has always been a favorite of mine. It’s so easy to whip up, especially in a hurry. A few Sundays ago we were craving something sweet. Usually we stick with our favorite cookies or brownies, but we wanted something a little different. This was a huge hit with everyone!

Texas Sheet Cake Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

I didn’t want to make a gigantic sheet of cake, so instead I scaled down the recipe to fit in our 10-inch cast iron skillet. The cake batter is made on the stovetop in the skillet and then gets transferred to the oven to bake. I loved that- one less dish to wash! The cake baked perfectly, then as it was cooling I made the frosting.

Texas Sheet Cake Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

The frosting gets made on the stovetop as well. It’s kind of like a mix between a glaze and a ganache. I mixed in some toasted chopped pecans (my mother-in-law had just given us a big bag of them from Georgia) and then poured it over the warm cake. About 10 minutes later the top had set and it was ready to be devoured! We served ours up with some vanilla bean ice cream and a pinch of sea salt. It was sooo good!

Texas Sheet Cake Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Here’s why we loved this recipe:
✔️ We had all of the ingredients in our pantry/fridge
✔️ It was ready to go in a little over 30 minutes (that’s kind of a BIG deal)
✔️ Clean-up was a breeze
✔️ The chocolate flavor was rich but not overwhelming
✔️ The “frosting” moistened the cake nicely & the toasted nuts added a nice crunch
✔️ It made the perfect amount for our family for the week

Give this skillet a try, you’re gonna love it!

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Texas Sheet Cake Skillet Recipe

Rich, moist chocolate sheet cake topped with chocolate frosting and toasted pecans. Made in a cast iron skillet in just a little over 30 minutes!
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Cakes & Cheesecakes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Andrea
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  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup +2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans - chopped
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt; set aside.
  • In a 10 or 12 inch cast iron skillet, bring the butter, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, and water to a boil. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the dry ingredients along with the buttermilk, egg and vanilla.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 18-25 minutes or until the top springs back when touched.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, boil the butter, cocoa and milk. Remove from the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, chopped pecans and vanilla. Continue whisking until smooth. Pour over the warm cake, spread into an even layer and allow the frosting to set, about 10 minutes. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream if desired.


-You can easily swap out the pecans for walnuts.


Serving: 8serving | Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best Texas Sheet Cake recipe I’ve made. The cake is as delicious as the icing. The two together are splendid. Perfect size for our family. My family requests it now for all our family get togethers. The iron skillet makes it perfect and I love putting it together in the skillet. Made my own buttermilk using milk and vinegar. Thank you for a great recipe