Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes are light and fluffy chocolate cupcakes topped with a rich fudge frosting. Easiest way to make Texas sheet cake!
If my son had to pick a favorite dessert, it would be Texas sheet cake.
My Texas sheet cake is his all-time favorite. He asks for it for his birthday cake and just about any other time I ask him what he’d like for dessert.
I can’t really blame him because I loved it when my grandma made that cake when we’d come to visit.
These Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes are an individual version of that cake. The cupcakes are super light and fluffy, and they’re topped with a rich chocolate icing – just like the sheet cake.
I like the crunch that the chopped nuts give to the cupcakes, but feel free to leave them off if you’d prefer.
How To Make Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Whisk in the oil and buttermilk until combined (picture on left).
Add eggs one at a time, and whisk well after each addition. Whisk in vanilla extract (picture on right).
Whisk in hot water until well-combined. The batter will be thin.
Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tin cups. Do not fill batter more than halfway full. Otherwise, the cupcakes will rise out of the tins and be difficult to remove.
Bake, and then let cool to room temperature.
To make the frosting, add the butter, cocoa powder, and buttermilk in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring regularly (picture on left).
Remove from heat, and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until combined (picture on right).
Let the icing set up for about 5 minutes before swirling the tops of the cupcakes into the frosting. If you prefer, you can spread the frosting on the top of the cupcakes.
If using nuts, immediately sprinkle nuts over the icing, and let the cupcakes stand for the icing to set up.
Tips To Make Perfect Cupcakes
- I like to whisk this batter by hand. It’s an easy recipe to mix by hand, and it helps to avoid overmixing the batter.
- For the hot water, I use hot, not boiling, water. I just use hot water from the tap.
- Don’t fill the cupcakes more than halfway. The cupcakes will rise quite a bit, and overfilling the cupcakes makes it difficult to remove them from the pan.
- Also, the cupcakes are light and fluffy. Overfilling them makes it more likely that the tops will separate from the rest of the cupcake.
- You can swirl or spread the frosting. If you’ve overfilled the tins, I recommend spreading the frosting.
- The frosting will start to set up pretty quickly after frosting, so sprinkle the nuts immediately, if using.
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Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk1
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup hot water not boiling
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup buttermilk2
- 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans optional
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2-12 cup standard-sized muffin tins with liners.
- In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Whisk in oil and buttermilk until combined.
- Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition.
- Whisk in vanilla extract.
- Add hot water, and whisk in until well-combined. Batter will be thin.
- Divide batter among muffin tins. Do not fill muffin cups more than half full.
- Bake 18-25 minutes, or until done.
- Let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
- Once the cupcakes are completely cool, prepare the icing.
- For the icing, combine the butter, cocoa, and buttermilk in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, stirring regularly.
- Remove from heat, and add the powdered sugar, and vanilla.
- Let icing set up for about 5 minutes before swirling tops of cupcakes into icing.3
- Sprinkle nuts on top of icing, if using.
- Regular or low-fat ok.
- Regular or low-fat ok.
- Or you can spread the tops of the cupcakes with the frosting.
- Nutrition facts are estimates.
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Originally published 7/13/17. Updated with new photos and tips 7/31/19.
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Comments & Reviews
Brady Slothson says
Amazing cupcake version of my favorite cake. https://www.ihearteating.com/lighter-version-of-grandmas-chocolate-sheet-cake/
Thank you! I’m glad you liked the cupcakes and the cake!
I’ve made this as cupcakes and also as a bundt cake making my own frosting. Either way, it is absolutely delicious. Thank you!!!
Hello: Are these moist?
Hi! Yes, the cupcakes are moist.
Easy recipe to follow. The frosting was most interesting that it dries shiny and form a soft coating
Thank you! I’m happy to hear that you liked the cupcakes. Thanks for commenting!
Laura Smith says
What is the best way to store this? Can they be left on the counter?
I store them loosely covered. I live in a humid area, and if I wrap them tightly, the frosting will get really soft. If you live in a drier area, you may be able to store them in an airtight container.
I made these following the recipe exactly for a church group. They got rave reviews! Thank you for sharing!
I’m so glad! Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment!
Amy F says
Followed recipe exactly and these were not only DELICIOUS but quickly consumed! I am baking them again at this moment for church tomorrow. Easy, fast and scrumptious. My new “go to” dessert.
I’m so glad that you liked them! This is one of my family’s favorites, too. =) Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave a comment.
This looks so yummy! Do you ever use cake flour instead of all purpose?
I haven’t tried cake flour in this recipe. The batter for this cake is thin, and this cake is pretty soft as-is, so I wasn’t sure whether cake flour would be able to provide enough structure. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out! =)
Melissa Griffiths says
My grandma’s sheet cake is my favorite, too! Maybe I should make that into cupcakes….These look delicious!
Thanks! It’s hard to beat anything a grandma makes! =)
These look so good – especially that frosting! Love that you made them in cupcake form. :)
Yum! I love that you made it into cupcakes!
can I just put in cake pan instead of cupcakes?
Hi! If you’d like to make a regular sheet cake, my Texas sheet cake recipe is the recipe you’ll want.