Grandma Furnish’s Texas Sheet Cake

Prepare one jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides) by greasing and flouring, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Baking
Cuisine American


Sift together in a mixer bowl:

  • 2 cups flour well sifted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Add and mix well:

  • 2 cups sugar, white

Bring the following to a boil while stirring well; then add to the dry ingredients with the mixer on low:

  • 8 ounces butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup water

Then add the following; mixing well between each egg:

  • 2 eggs

Add to the batter, and mix an additional two minutes:

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For the Icing:

  • 4 ounces butter
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 pound sugar, powdered stirring until smooth.
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


  • Mix the batter well (about two minutes) and pour into prepared jelly roll pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until cake springs back in the center.
  • Prepare the following icing while the cake is baking and pour over the top of the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.
  • Add confectioners sugar and chopped nuts, stirring until smooth.
  • Pour over cake right out of the oven, cool before cutting.