Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Who doesn't love a piece of Texas Sheet Cake? This recipe takes the basic Texas Sheet Cake recipe and converts it into cupcakes. When I finished baking, I had Jake (16) test them out.
He loved them, then almost fell off his chair laughing when I told him what they were called.
Why so funny? Because one of his friends (who will remain nameless)  LOVES to say Sheee-it  (with extra emphasis on the eee). Instead of the S-word.
Jake thought I was saying "Texas Sheee-it Cake Cupcakes".
Hilarious, Jacob.

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes
adapted from Blue-Eyed Bakers
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For the cake:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/3 cup boiling water
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
4 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4-6 tablespoons milk to thin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar & salt and set aside.

In a large pan on stove,  melt butter. Stir in cocoa powder & boiling water.  Mix well. 
Remove from heat and add dry ingredients, stir until just combined. I use a large whisk to combine ingredients.
Add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda & vanilla. Stir into the chocolate/flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated, using either a hand mixer or large whisk. Fill prepared pan & bake cupcakes for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Melt butter in a saucepan.  Remove from heat. Add cocoa powder, vanilla and dash of salt. Whisk or use beaters and mix until smooth. Add powdered sugar  and 4 tablespoons milk and beat until smooth again. Add more milk if needed. 
Top with chopped pecans.

Makes about 2 dozen cupcakes


  1. Love the joke- Jake would laugh at that. These look so yummy!

    1. Ill save you one next time I make them Brookie.

  2. Oh man! My kids and I are drooling! Can't wait to try Some sheeeeit cake cupcakes on sundeee;).

    1. Your kids will love these Cindy :)

  3. I love the portion control (and portability) of cupcakes. So glad you posted this! (Your story reminds me of the chocolate pie story on The Help.)

  4. They are delishy...but mine sank in the middle. I was very careful to fill the muffin cups 2/3 full. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Taleann, So sorry your cupcakes sank! I would try adding about 1/4 cup of flour to the batter next time. This may help stabilize the cake and keep it from sinking. Let me know if you try it and the result. PS, what is your altitude?


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