Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes topped with chopped pecans on a metal cake stand

If my son had to pick a favorite dessert, it would be Texas sheet cake.

My version of my grandma’s 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.

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

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.

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Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes are light and fluffy chocolate cupcakes topped with a rich fudge frosting.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Cooling 15 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 283 kcal
Author i heart eating



  • 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 buttermilk
  • 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 buttermilk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2-12 cup muffin tins with liners.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Whisk in oil and buttermilk until combined.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition.
  5. Whisk in vanilla extract.
  6. Add hot water, and whisk in until well-combined. Batter will be thin.
  7. Divide batter among muffin tins.
  8. Bake 18-25 minutes, or until done. 

  9. Let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, prepare the icing.

  11. For the icing, combine the butter, cocoa, and buttermilk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.

  12. Remove from heat, and add the powdered sugar, and vanilla.

  13. Let icing set up for about 5 minutes before swirling tops of cupcakes into icing.

  14. Sprinkle nuts on top of icing, if using.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Facts
Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 197mg 8%
Potassium 138mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 28g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Amy F
    November 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      November 13, 2017 at 11:59 am

      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.

  • Reply
    November 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    This looks so yummy! Do you ever use cake flour instead of all purpose?

    • Reply
      November 9, 2017 at 11:55 am

      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! =)

  • Reply
    Melissa Griffiths
    July 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    My grandma’s sheet cake is my favorite, too! Maybe I should make that into cupcakes….These look delicious!

    • Reply
      July 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thanks! It’s hard to beat anything a grandma makes! =)

  • Reply
    July 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    These look so good – especially that frosting! Love that you made them in cupcake form. :)

    • Reply
      July 13, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Reply
    July 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Yum! I love that you made it into cupcakes!

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