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Craving a chocolate fix but don’t want to bake a huge cake? Meet the mini Texas Sheet Cakea moist, chocolatey slice of heaven that’s perfect for serving one or two people. With an effortlessly delicious warm chocolate topping, this cake delivers maximum flavor with minimum fuss.

Looking for other small chocolate cake recipes? You’ll love our Chocolate Lava Cake, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Devil’s Food Cake, German Chocolate Cake, and our recipe for Two Chocolate Cupcakes!

For nearly all our family get-togethers, my Texas Sheet Cake is a must-have. This effortless cake, dotted with pecans, has become a staple that everyone looks forward to. Now, I’ve taken my proven recipe and created a scaled-down version for you to enjoy. This small Texas Sheet Cake is perfect for smaller gatherings or when you just need a little indulgence.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simple: No need for an electric mixer; a spoon and a bowl are all you need.
  • Quick: Ready in under an hour from start to finish.
  • Versatile: Suitable for various baking dishes, from 5×7-inch to 6×6-inch pans or even 10-ounce ramekins.
  • Rich Flavor: A chocolate lover’s dream come true, with a luscious, warm chocolate topping.

What Is A Texas Sheet Cake?

A Texas Sheet Cake is the ultimate chocolate dessert, famous for its light, tender crumb and rich, fudgy frosting. Traditionally made in a large 10×15-inch sheet pan, it’s the epitome of chocolate decadence.

Despite living in Texas for over two decades, the cake’s origin remains a mystery to me. One thing’s for sure—its expansive size makes it a hit at large gatherings, much like the grand state it’s named after. While its origins are debated, this Southern staple gained fame in the 1960s, largely because of its simple, pantry-friendly ingredients and fuss-free preparation. Now, imagine all this goodness but scaled down for intimate settings or solo indulgences.

Yes, our small Texas Sheet Cake brings this comfort-food classic right to your table, no big crowd needed.

Ingredients

sugar, milk, cocoa, pecans, vanilla, egg whites, and other baking ingredients on a wooden cutting board.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this Texas sheet cake recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Flour: Opt for all-purpose flour to get the cake’s ideal texture.
  • Sugars: Regular granulated sugar goes into the cake batter, while powdered sugar is key for a smooth frosting.
  • Salt, vanilla, and cinnamon: These ingredients enrich the cake and frosting flavors.
  • Baking soda: This is your rising agent, ensuring a light, fluffy cake.
  • Butter: I go for salted butter, adding that extra flavor kick.
  • Water: A small amount of water is essential for achieving the perfect cake batter consistency.
  • Cocoa powder: You can use either unsweetened regular cocoa powder or Dutch-process, depending on your preference.
  • Egg white: If you’re wondering how to use the leftover egg yolk, use our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder to explore our egg yolk recipes.
  • Milk: You have flexibility here—use any percentage of cow’s milk or even swap in buttermilk for a tangy twist.
  • Pecans: Whether you’re a fan of chopped pecans or walnuts, both work well. Feel free to skip the nuts if you prefer a nut-free version. If you’ve got extra pecans, consider using them in a mini Italian Cream Cake, a small batch of DoubleTree Cookies, or a decadent Peaches and Cream Rice Pudding.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

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How To Make A Texas Sheet Cake

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a small Texas Sheet Cake. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

Make the cake

  1. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
a mixing bowl filled with flour on a wooden cutting board.
  1. Prepare Cocoa Mixture: In a 1-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add water and cocoa powder, stirring often until it reaches a light simmer and the butter is fully melted.
  2. Combine Mixtures: Pour the cocoa mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl. Stir until well incorporated.
a small saucepan filled with melted chocolate and a bowl with melted chocolate.
  1. Add Wet Ingredients: Mix in the egg white, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to the combined mixture.
chocolate cake batter in a clear mixing bowl.
  1. Prep Baking Dish: Lightly grease a 5×7-inch baking dish, or a dish with similar dimensions, with butter.
chocolate cake batter in a 5x7 inch baking dish.
  1. Bake the Cake: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Make the frosting

  1. Melt Butter: In a separate 1-quart saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
  2. Add Cocoa and Milk: Stir in the cocoa powder and milk. Continue stirring until the mixture begins to simmer.
  3. Add Sweetness and Flavor: Remove from heat and gradually whisk in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon until the frosting becomes smooth.
  4. Include Nuts: Stir in your choice of chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts.
melted chocolate in a saucepan with nuts.
  1. Final Touch: While both the frosting and cake are still hot, pour the frosting over the cake. This crucial step transforms the frosting into a fudge-like topping.

Allow the cake to cool down before slicing and serving. Enjoy your Mini Texas Sheet Cake!

two photos side by side of a mini sheet cake with and without frosting.

Serving Suggestions

Elevate your small Texas Sheet Cake with these scrumptious serving ideas. Consider the following enhancements to make your dish even more memorable:

  • A La Mode: Enjoy a slice of this heavenly cake warm, topped with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Vanilla ice cream complements the chocolate exceptionally well.
  • Whipped Cream: A dollop of freshly whipped cream adds an extra layer of creaminess. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder for garnish.
  • Fresh Berries: Fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries make an excellent fruity companion to the rich, chocolatey cake.

Expert Tips

  • Baking Dish Size: Use a 5×7-inch baking dish with a 35-square-inch base or a 6×6-inch dish with a 36-square-inch base for the cake. These sizes are ideal for the recipe, and you can find our recommended bakeware on our dedicated Store page.
  • German Chocolate Twist: Want a German chocolate vibe? Mix 3-4 tablespoons of shredded coconut into the frosting for a delightful twist.
  • Fixing the Frosting: If your frosting starts to thicken too quickly, don’t panic. Simply put the saucepan back on the stove over a very low heat and stir it well. If needed, add an extra 1/2 tablespoon of milk to achieve the desired consistency.

Frequently Asked Questions

What size dish should I use for a mini Texas sheet cake?

To get the best results, opt for either a 5×7-inch or a 6×6-inch baking dish, or use two 10-ounce ramekins. The size of the dish matters, so stick to these recommended sizes. For more specifics on the bakeware I frequently use, check out our FAQ page.

For recommended bakeware, please visit our dedicated Store page.

Can this sheet cake recipe be adapted for cupcakes?

Absolutely! You can transform this into 5-6 cupcakes without changing the recipe. Just keep the oven at the same temperature and bake for 25-30 minutes. Finish by drizzling the warm frosting over the cupcakes.

Is refrigeration necessary for a Texas sheet cake?

There’s no need to refrigerate this cake; it stays fresh at room temperature for up to 3 days. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container or cover it well. However, if you prefer to refrigerate it, it’ll last up to 5 days.

Is this Texas sheet cake freezer-friendly?

You bet! Once the cake is completely cool, wrap it securely in plastic wrap. It can be frozen for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it, let it thaw to room temperature.

a square piece of chocolate cake topped with a nut filled texas sheet cake frosting on a white plate next to a sprig of mint.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Mini Texas Sheet Cake

4.98 from 44 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
This is the best Texas sheet cake recipe! An incredibly moist chocolate cake baked in a mini baking dish and topped with a warm chocolate topping. Easy to make and the perfect amount to serve one or two people.

Ingredients 
 

For the cake

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the frosting

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

Instructions 

Make the cake

  • Heat oven to 350°F (177°C). Lightly butter a 5×7-inch baking dish and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a 1-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add water and cocoa powder, stirring often until it reaches a light simmer and the butter is fully melted.
    Pour the cocoa mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl. Stir until well incorporated.
  • Mix in the egg white, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to the combined mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Make the frosting

  • Melt butter in a small 1-quart saucepan over low heat.
  • Stir in the cocoa powder and milk. Continue stirring until the mixture begins to simmer.
  • Remove from heat and gradually whisk in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon until the frosting becomes smooth.
  • Stir in the nuts.
  • Spoon the warm frosting over the top of the cake. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out and spread if needed. Allow the cake to cool, then slice and enjoy.

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Notes

  • Baking Dish Size: Use a 5×7-inch baking dish with a 35-square-inch base or a 6×6-inch dish with a 36-square-inch base for the cake. These sizes are ideal for the recipe, and you can find our recommended bakeware on our dedicated Store page.
  • German Chocolate Twist: Want a German chocolate vibe? Mix 3-4 tablespoons of shredded coconut into the frosting for a delightful twist.
  • Fixing the Frosting: If your frosting starts to thicken too quickly, don’t panic. Simply put the saucepan back on the stove over a very low heat and stir it well. If needed, add an extra 1/2 tablespoon of milk to achieve the desired consistency.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 296kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 162mg, Potassium: 78mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 365IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Made the Mini-Texas Sheet Cake. Did not include the nuts because of health reasons, and in place of an egg white, used dried egg white. Baked in a 6-inch square pan. Delicious. Thank you for sharing!

    1. No, an 8×8 inch pan is too large. We recommend using a 5×7 inch baking dish which has an area of 35 square inches. An 8×8 inch pan has an area of 64 square inches and is much too large.