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Paula Deen’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

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If you want a delicious and decadent chocolate cake, you have GOT to try Paula Deen's Chocolate Sheet Cake. So far, there is not one recipe of hers that I have fixed that is not flavorful or scrumptious. This cake is no exception.

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Paula Deen's Chocolate Sheet Cake

Notice the ooey gooey center? It's like a poke cake (think old timey cakes like grandma used to make.) I was curious if it was going to taste like a chocolate cake because of the ingredients, but oh my word — it is out of this world. Moist, chocolatey, delicious — yes, everything you want in a piece of chocolate cake.

Paula Deen's Chocolate Sheet Cake

Paula Deen's Chocolate Sheet Cake

This cake is everything you ever hoped a chocolate cake would be.


For the Cake

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

For the icing

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 16 ounce box of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 13X9-inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray with flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine butter, oil, cocoa, and water, whisking until blended. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Add chocolate mixture, buttermilk, baking soda, vinegar, vanilla, and eggs to flour mixture, beating at medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Punch holes in cake with a fork or an ice pick. Pour chocolate icing over hot cake. Cool completely on a wire rack.


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, cocoa, and milk; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Beat at medium speed with a mixer until smooth.

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Friday 29th of December 2023

Yes I made it. Almost drove my family crazy. They couldn't get enough. They had friends over and they piged out two. Keep asking for more.

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 1st of January 2024

That is awesome. So glad to hear everyone loved it.

Vicki Bray Fagan

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Omg, best chocolate cake ever! My friends and family rave over it! It’s every bit worth the effort of love❤️

Carol Lewellen

Sunday 19th of October 2014

I just made this wonderful delicious cake and my familoy just loves it! Thank you Paula!

Jennifer Sikora

Tuesday 21st of October 2014

You are welcome Carol. It is so easy and delicious!

or tasted. It's rich, mrefrigerated. A definite go to for any occasion.

Tuesday 23rd of October 2012

This is by far the ultimate chocolate cake. I thought I have been making one for years, but this tops anything I have ever made or tasted. It's incredibly rich, moist, and if you can believe this -- I think it was even better the next day after being refrigerated. A definite go to recipe for any occasion.


Sunday 7th of December 2014

May i use 6 Tablespoons half half instead of whole milk for the icing on the Texas Sheet Cake?


Thursday 11th of October 2012

oh so yummy we love paula deen and this cake looks amazing come over and see what we shared at

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