Chocolate Texas sheet cake recipe (1986)

Chocolate Texas sheet cake recipe 1986 (1)

Note: This article may feature affiliate links, and purchases made may earn us a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more here.


Classic Texas sheet cake: A chocolate lover’s dream cake — only 15 minutes to bake!

It’s hard to believe something that tastes so good could be so easy! But for quick and easy desserts nobody does it better than “the” Dessert Maker.

Eagle Brand is the original sweetened condensed milk, the pre-cooked blend of milk and sugar that makes delicious desserts like Chocolate Sheet Cake a snap. Why not try it tonight?

Chocolate Texas sheet cake recipe 1986 (2)

Chocolate Texas sheet cake recipe 1986 (1)

Chocolate Texas sheet cake

Yield: 30 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1-1/4 cups butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt 1 cup butter or margarine; stir in 1/4 cup cocoa, then add water. Bring to a boil; remove from heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add cocoa mixture; beat well.
  4. Stir in 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, eggs and vanilla.
  5. Pour into greased 15x10 inch jellyroll pan.
  6. Bake 15 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
  7. In a small saucepan, melt remaining 1/4 cup butter; add remaining 1/4 cup cocoa and remaining sweetened condensed milk. Stir in confectioners' sugar and nuts.
  8. Spread on warm cake.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 294mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

7 classic Hershey's chocolate cake recipes from the '70s

Everyone loves chocolaty Texas sheet cake (1976)

The Decatur Herald (Illinois) June 27, 1976

Texans aren’t alone in their appreciation for Texas sheet cake. To aid a reader, people from Jewett, Vandalia, Moweaqua, Blue Mound, Mount Auburn, Louisville. Mechanicsburg, Sullivan, Mattoon, as well as other towns, sent their Texas sheet cake recipes to the Recipe Exchange.

“This cake makes about 30-35 servings, is very moist and rich, but is a big favorite at church potlucks, family gatherings and with the men in the family,” says Janet Kupiec of Dalton City. “If you have children it won’t last long,” predicts Helen Brown of Shelbyville.

“I really have not figured out whether this is considered an expensive cake to make, since it makes such a large one and goes far, especially for big picnic crowds.” writes Ginnie Woijeck of 3968 Constant View Drive.

“Texas sheet cake is great for picnics, bridge desserts or just any place where there is a sweet tooth,” adds Gladys W. Smith of Sullivan.

Chocolate Texas sheet cake recipe card

Chocolate Texas sheet cake recipe 1986 (3)

SEE MORE: 100+ classic cake recipes: The ultimate vintage collection

PS: If you liked this article, please share it! You can also get our free newsletter, follow us on Facebook & Pinterest. Thanks for visiting and for supporting a small business! 🤩 


You might also like...

The fun never ends:

Comments on this story

2 Responses

  1. I used to make this sheet cake in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. It’s the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made and tasted. Everyone that tasted it loved it as well! I haven’t made it again since I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000. I need to find sugar free condensed milk. I have a recipe for sugar free condensed milk but haven’t tried it yet. It would be easier if I could find it in a can in the super market.

  2. I have made Texas Sheet Cakes for as long as I remember but I have never used sweetened condensed milk, usually I use buttermilk. Having said that I think I will try this recipe for Thanksgiving.

Leave a comment here!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe