Easy Texas Turtle Sheet Cake

Making a Texas Turtle Sheet Cake is a delightful way to enjoy a rich and decadent dessert. Here’s an easy recipe to follow:


For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Make the Chocolate Mixture: In a saucepan, melt 1 cup butter over medium heat. Stir in water and 1/3 cup cocoa. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
  4. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Pour the chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until blended.
  5. Add Eggs and Sour Cream: Mix in eggs, sour cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth.
  6. Bake the Cake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Prepare the Frosting: While the cake is baking, make the frosting. Combine 1/2 cup butter, 2 tablespoons cocoa, and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth.
  8. Finish with Toppings: Once the cake is done and while it’s still warm, pour the frosting over the cake. Sprinkle chopped pecans and mini chocolate chips over the frosting. Drizzle with caramel sauce.
  9. Let it Cool: Allow the cake to cool, letting the frosting set before serving.

This Texas Turtle Sheet Cake combines rich chocolate, crunchy pecans, and sweet caramel, creating a dessert that’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! Enjoy your baking!

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