• Betty Kirkland’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

    When Frazier Clark sent me a text to say that I did not have to cook anything for Sunday morning because he had bought a cake at the Gustine Homecoming, I didn’t argue. In fact, I almost stood and cheered simply because I did not have to bake that Saturday night. However, I had no idea that he had bought a cake that would leave people begging for more!

    I’ve eaten a lot of delicious chocolate sheets cakes, and I can’t tell you why this one just might be the best I have ever tasted, but it is! The recipe comes from Pat Denning of Gustine, Texas, but she insists that it is her mom, Betty, who gets all the credit for this unbelievably delicious cake. I will say that I never cook with oleo, but if I were you, I wouldn’t change this recipe a bit…not even to switch from oleo to butter.

    CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE 2Cake Ingredients

    2 Cups Flour
    2 Cups Sugar
    1 Stick Oleo (not fat free)
    3 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa
    1 Cup Water
    1/2 Cup Crisco (I use oil.)
    1/2 Cup Buttermilk
    1 Teaspoon Soda
    1 Teaspoon Vanilla
    Pinch of Salt
    2 Eggs


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    1. In large mixing bowl, mix flour and sugar.

    2. In medium sauce pan, mix oleo, cocoa, water, and Crisco.

    3. Bring to a boil, until oleo is melted.

    4. Pour over the flour and sugar mixing well.

    5. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.

    6. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 cake pan.

    7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

    Ingredients For Icing

    1 Stick Oleo
    6 Tablespoons Milk
    3 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa
    3 3/4 Cups Powered Sugar
    1 Teaspoon Vanilla
    1 Cup Chopped Pecans


    1. Bring oleo, milk, and cocoa to a boil and pour over the powdered sugar and vanilla.

    2. Mix well.

    3. Spread on cake right out of the oven.

    4. Immediately sprinkle chopped pecans on top.

    5. Let cool 3 hours before covering.

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    One Response to Betty Kirkland’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

    1. Maxine Burns says:

      Hey, Fredda! I love your Texans United!!! I always look forward to it.
      Betty Kirkland’s cake….sounds like a “keeper”…..and from all that I read….it definitely is!
      I will look forward to making this cake. Years ago….many years ago….I used to have a recipe for a sheet cake where I brought those ingredients to a boil……the cocoa, water and Crisco. Not sure if it called for oleo, too. That has been a long time ago and I had completely forgotten about making a cake in that manner. I’m wondering if my recipe was from my infamous Gustine Cookbook 1976. No matter…I will not try to look it up…..I’m going to use Betty’s recipe since it is definitely a winner!!!! One thing for sure is that with the boiling mixture the sugar in the recipe will definitely be dissolved. As you know, in most recipes if that sugar is not creamed with the butter long enough for the sugar to dissolve…then the cake will not turn out that well.

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