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For a traditional Texas sheet cake, both the batter and the icing are prepared stovetop. Using a skillet eliminates a dish and makes things way more fun. Especially when everyone digs in while it’s still warm … with tons of ice cream on top.

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For the cake

  • 1 c.

    all-purpose flour

  • 1 c.

    granulated sugar

  • 2 tbsp.

    unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 tsp.

    baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp.

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp.

    ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 c.

    (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1/4 c.


  • 1/2 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 3 tbsp.

    unsalted butter

  • 1 tbsp.

    unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 tbsp.

    heavy cream

  • 1/2 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

  • 1 c.

    confectioners’ sugar

  • 1/4 c.

    toasted pecans, finely chopped, plus more for garnish


  • Vanilla ice cream, if desired


    1. Step 1Make cake: Preheat oven to 375°. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
    2. Step 2In a 10″ cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil.

      Turn off heat and stir in dry ingredients. Stir in egg, buttermilk, and vanilla.

      Bake until the top springs back, about 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool slightly.

    3. Step 3
      In a small saucepan combine butter, cocoa powder, and heavy cream and bring to a boil, stirring consistently. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. Keep warm.
    4. Step 4

      Pour glaze over warm cake. Sprinkle with pecans and let cool slightly until frosting just sets.

    5. Step 5

      Serve with ice cream (if desired) and more pecans.

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Laura Rege is a Food Stylist and Recipe Developer who regularly contributes recipes and styles videos and photos for Delish. If she isn’t in the Delish kitchens, you’ll most likely find her out on the town looking for the next food trends in the US and on her travels abroad.

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