Texas Cake

Texas Cake

I’m so excited to finally have a cake recipe to post…but I’m even more excited that it’s achocolate cake. I ran out of cocoa powder about two or three months before my planned departure from Beijing, and being that it’s very expensive out there I chose not to buy any more. That meant no baking with chocolate. For over two months. It was a very dark time in my life.

Now that I’m back in the states there has been a lot of chocolate consumption in this household, this texas cake being the most recent, and yes, the most delicious. We had this cake all the time growing up, and I can’t remember the last time I had it. I’ve been helping out at home with a garage sale all weekend, so meals weren’t really a priority. I actually had this cake for lunch today, along with some watermelon…I know…weird.

I’m not sure why we always called this cake Texas Cake, but the pioneer woman thought it was because the cake is the size of Texas (hellooo 13×18!!). We used her recipe, because it looked the closest to what we’ve always done, but did it in a 9×13 instead.

In other news, this week I’ll be moving yet again, back to Cincinnati. I’m so excited to just be in one place for a while, and to see some of my old friends again. Maybe another cake should be in order? I think so!

Texas Cake


For the cake:

4 heaping tablespoons cocoa
2 sticks butter
1 cup boiling water
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk (you could also give sour cream a try!)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla

For the frosting:

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1 stick butter
4 heaping tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons milk
1 pound minus 1/2 cup powdered sugar. This is kind of a loose measurement, add bits at a time until it’s the desired consistancy. Any lumps will eventually break up, no need to sift.


Preheat oven to 350F.

In a saucepan, boil water, then add butter and cocoa. Bring back to a boil, and let it boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Mix in the sugar until combined, then add the flour and salt, stirring lightly to cool.

In a measuring cup, wisk together buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda. Pour into the chocolate mixture.

Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 pan, and bake for 25 minutes. Cake should look just set, but not jiggly.

While cake is baking, make the icing. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and add the powdered sugar in batches until it reaches the desired consistancy. Stir in the chopped pecans, and pour over warm cake.

So easy, so addicting, SO delicious.

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Eva Rosenberg

Eva Rosenberg

Welcome to Eva's Kitchen where I share my adventures in cooking. My creations may not always turn out Pinterest perfect, but I usually end up with a funny picture or an interesting meal. Thanks for stopping by!


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