• Nancy Abbey’s Famous Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

    CakeOkay, folks… Jim over at Goodson Insurance finally got his wife Nancy to give up the goods when it comes to her chocolate sheet cake recipe. Apparently, this cake is TO DIE FOR, so if anyone wants to bake one up before I get the opportunity to, please feel free to bring me a piece!

    The history of how she attained the recipe is as equally fantastic as the cake is delicious! According to Jim, “she found it in this Abilene paper dated 1977. I’m sure the paper was already really old when she found it. And, it looks like Mrs. David Clark shared it with the paper back then. I wish you could feel how heavy the paper is; Nancy has the entire section of the paper that the recipe is in! I’m sure that it’s weighted down with flour and Crisco!”

    If I had to guess, I’m thinking Jim has been a wee bit spoiled over the years with this cake. Lucky, lucky man! Without further ado, here’s the recipe that has been well loved over the years:


    4 Tbsp. cocoa
    1 stick butter
    1/2 cup shortening
    1 cup water
    2 cups sugar
    2 cups flour
    1 tsp. soda
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. vanilla or cinnamon
    1 cup buttermilk
    2 eggs, well beaten

    Combine cocoa, butter, shortening and water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into greased and floured sheet pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Ice while still hot.


    4 Tbsp. cocoa
    6 Tbsp. milk
    1 stick butter
    4 cups powdered sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Place first 3 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in sugar and vanilla, beat well and spread on hot cake.

    About Stacy Dudley

    With a BBA with an emphasis in Marketing, Stacy is the owner of The Moxie Room, a marketing firm located in Comanche, Texas. She is the master of strategy and the executor of said strategies. From conception to completion, she oversees each and every project acting as a liaison between creative and client. Before founding The Moxie Room, Stacy bulked up her portfolio all over the continent. From strategic planning, media relations, special events, internal communications, cause branding, ideation and new product launch management, her work has taken her from living in Texas to Tennessee to Toronto to Edmonton Alberta Canada.
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    One Response to Nancy Abbey’s Famous Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

    1. Gwen Evans Greenlee says:

      I have been using this exact recipe since 1968. I was given the recipe by Lo Parker, our neighbor in Andrews, Tex. She baked hers in a Wearever pan, which was a little larger than the 12 x 9 pan that I used. When we moved to Norway I served this cake at a 4 table bridge club, and also shared the recipe with all the ladies, who were from all different states in the USA.. My recipe is named Texas Sheet cake, but in my family it is called Lo’s chocolate cake. It is the favorite cake of my grandson, Jay Derscheid, and I still make one for him occasionally. I finally got a larger pan, which is more shallow and the cake is more like a frosted brownie. I use about 1 cup broken pecan pieces in the frosting, and sometimes I leave out the pecans and sprinkle miniature marshmallows over the hot frosting that I have just poured on the cake.

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