Cinnamon Texas Sheet Cake

Cinnamon Texas Sheet Cake from A wonderful alternative to a regular chocolate cake.Just a hint of cinnamon! #recipe #cake #cinnamonCinnamon Texas Sheet Cake! Can you believe we have NEVER made a sheet cake before? We have been loving the cinnamon flavor and decided to take a twist on the regular chocolate cake. I must admit this cake was perfect for me. I am not a cake person, but the cake to frosting ratio was just the right for my liking. The simplicity of frosting this cake is better than a regular cake. It is so fast and easy! Why have I not tried making this type of cake before?

For this recipe it is easier to have all the ingredients measured out before beginning. It makes the timing so much easier to follow. In a small saucepan melt the butter on low, add the water and cocoa. When it comes to a boil remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.

cocoa milk water

While that is cooling, we can combine the dry ingredients. We like to sift as well to make it a smooth batter without clumps of flour. Little Chef H has been SUPER excited to help make any recipe. She is my little shadow. If she ever sees me at the kitchen counter she immediately is moving a stool around to be right by me. “I want to help!” It is so cute she has this desire so early. I am loving it!


Now, to beat in the sour cream and eggs. We always crack our eggs in a separate bowl just in case any shells happen to escape those little hands.

eggs pouringeggs sourcream helping

Stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture until well blended. Pour batter into a pan and bake for about 20 minutes. It is always important to check with a toothpick just to be sure. You may need to bake it a few more minutes. We did, which is one reason I do not have another picture! The icing is easy. When there are 10 minutes left to bake begin the icing. In a large saucepan combine the milk, cocoa and butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Spread the icing over the warm cake. If your icing started to harden a little like ours did because we needed to bake the cake a few more minutes, that’s ok. The warmth of the cake will melt the icing a bit to make it even more spreadable.

Our cake went way up to the top of the pan. We had to be very careful when spreading the icing so that it would not fall over the edge. But of course it did anyway! That’s ok, we still ate the cake and enjoyed every last piece. The cinnamon flavor is different. I would not choose Cinnamon Texas Sheet Cake every day, but for a fun different flavored cake this is exceptional. Sometimes I get tired of the same few flavors. This is a great alternative!

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Cinnamon Texas Sheet Cake from A wonderful alternative to a regular chocolate cake.Just a hint of cinnamon! #recipe #cake #cinnamon

Cinnamon Texas Sheet Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, mounding
  • 5 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 17x12 inch pan.
  2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and mounding 1/4 cup cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture, mixing until blended.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. For the icing: Measure out the confectioners' sugar, sift and set aside. When you have 10 minutes of baking time left, combine the milk, remaining 1/4 cup cocoa and 2/3 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over warm cake.


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

15 Replies to "Cinnamon Texas Sheet Cake"

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    bettyl March 27, 2013 (8:59 pm)

    Looks so yummy! It’s always special to cook with kids.

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    Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon March 27, 2013 (11:19 pm)

    This a great cake to take to a potluck or party.

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    heidi March 28, 2013 (3:23 pm)

    This sounds so great. I’m hungry for cake now.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    Diane Marie Haller March 28, 2013 (6:42 pm)

    Another delicious cinnamon treat! Looks great!!! Blessings!

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    Debbie @ March 29, 2013 (5:23 am)

    This sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing at Delicate Construction! Pinned it!

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    Diana Rambles March 29, 2013 (7:54 am)


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    Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly March 29, 2013 (10:51 am)

    This looks delicious! I am super impressed you have five kidos. I have always secretly wanted five as well but don’t have any yet so we’ll see.

    Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday and hope to have you join us again next week!

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

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    Miz Helen March 30, 2013 (8:42 am)

    There is nothing like a Texas Sheet Cake, it is one of our favorites! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Alice (@mumsmakelists) March 30, 2013 (1:51 pm)

    Ooh this looks so yummy!

    Would love for you to link it and your other cake recipes up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive – there is a focus this week on big cakes – would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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    Katherines Corner March 31, 2013 (3:19 pm)

    drooollll Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things hop xo

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    vmg206 April 1, 2013 (9:45 am)

    Yum! I’ve made the Texas Sheet Cake before but never with Cinnamon. I’m pinning to try later.
    I’m visiting today from Give me the Goods. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    rainonatinroof01 April 4, 2013 (12:03 pm)

    Sounds amazing! Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can’t wait to see what goods you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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