Best Vegan Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

This best Vegan Texas Sheet Cake recipe is everything you want in a chocolate cake. It yields rich, dense chocolate in every bite. Vegan Sheet Cake delivers a tender, moist chocolate cake topped with pecan-infused chocolate frosting. The Best Texas Sheet Cake recipes provide easy-to-follow instructions to make a chocolate sheet cake any day of the week!

Slices of vegan Texas sheet cake are stacked on top of each other with more slices and pecans around it.
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Vegan and Texas are not words you often see side-by-side. Maybe unless you’re in Austin, which I have been to and enjoyed!

But first let me tell you about vegan sheet cake recipes. Shawn and I went to spend some time with friends over the holiday weekend. Oh, what fun we had. I like to share some of my favorite vegan meals when we show up at someone’s door so I brought my tasty Vegan Broccoli Salad and easy Texas Sheet Cake.

Let’s just say there were more than a few ooh’s and ahhh’s which made me more than just a little happy. I didn’t break into my happy dance – I was trying to be a respectable dinner guest – but I thought about it!

How to Make Texas Sheet Cake

It’s relatively easy to make this vegan Texas cake…and even easier to eat!

The ingredients are:

  • vegan butter (or coconut oil)
  • cocoa powder
  • water
  • all purpose flour
  • sugar
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • plant based milk
  • apple cider vinegar
  • tofu
  • vanilla extract

Step One: Make the Chocolate Sauce

A saucepan is full of chocolate batter. A green spatula is stirring the ingredients.

The first step is to make the chocolate sauce. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the cocoa and stir until well combined. In a separate, small sauce pan, heat the water until it’s good and hot. Add the hot water, stir, and bring that mixture to a boil for 20-30 seconds. Then remove from heat.

Step Two: Combine Dry Ingredients

Dry ingredients, like flour, in a glass bowl.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

Step Three: Combine Wet Ingredients

In a separate, smaller bowl combine the milk, vinegar, whipped tofu, and vanilla and stir well. Set aside.

Step Four: Make the Batter

Now comes the fun part. Pour the hot chocolate mixture over the flour mixture and stir well. Then fold in the tofu mixture and stir until everything is well-combined.

A bowl of chocolate batter has a blue spatula in it for stirring.

Step Five: Pour into Pan and Bake

Pour the sheet cake batter into a prepared cake pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Texas Sheet Cake Frosting

Usually you wait until a cake cools completely before frosting it, but not with homemade Texas Sheet Cake recipes. You pour the Texas sheet cake icing on while the cake is still warm, allowing the frosting to seep into the cake, making it even more moist and delicious!

So, let’s get to that recipe for Texas sheet cake frosting!

Step One: Melt Butter + Cocoa in a Saucepan

We will be icing the cake while it is still warm so go ahead and make the frosting while the cake is baking.

Melt the vegan butter in a saucepan (I used the same one from the cake…didn’t even bother to rinse it out since the ingredients are so similar) over medium heat. Add the cocoa. Is this sounding familiar?

Step Two: Add Milk + Vanilla + Powdered Sugar

Remove from heat and add the soy milk and vanilla. Stir until combined. Now add the powdered sugar…one cup at a time, giving it a good stir between each cup to work out any lumps from the powdered sugar and to make sure you get the right consistency with the frosting.

Step Three: Add Pecans

Add the chopped pecans, stir together, and then sit by the oven waiting for the cake to finally get done. It may add some drama if you act annoyed at how long it’s taking.

Step Four: Pour Over Cake

Once the Texas chocolate cake is done, remove it from the oven and pour the prepared frosting evenly over the still warm cake. Let the heat help spread that frosting out all the way through from the far corners of the cake. You want every bite to know there’s frosting involved. And pecans. Make sure those are evenly distributed as well. Or add some finely chopped pecans to the top to really wow your guests!

Except for when I’m being dorky and breaking into a happy dance over a cake.

But when you make a cake that tastes this good, and it’s vegan, and the fact that it’s vegan causes your non-vegan friends to raise an eyebrow and say with complete and utter surprise, “This is really good. I mean really good” then getting all happy about it is completely understandable.

Right?

That’s happy dance talk right there!

Of course, I decided to save that little happy jig until after we left. No reason to add fuel to their “vegans are weird” theory.

Looking down on a baking dish full of Texas sheet cake, with a spatula ready to remove a slice.

Trying to be cool can be so exhausting! It’s like wearing my suit all day at a meeting when all I really want to be wearing is my yoga pants.

See? Lounging around in yoga pants. That’s either really cool…or really vegan. I can’t decide. Maybe both?

Why You’ll Love Vegan Texas Sheet Cake

My mom makes this cake for our annual family summer gathering. We have this annual fest at my sister’s house. She and her husband live out in the country so they get fireworks and we bring our Vegan Potato Salad, and we have a feast! Of course, some Vegan No Bake Cookies add fun to the party too!

The best part comes after dinner when they pull out the desserts. My mom makes a regular version for everyone else and also this vegan Texas sheet cake for me! Of course, Share it with Shawn and Adee and Joe too.

Vegan Texas sheet cake creates a very dense, moist cake with a creamy chocolate frosting infused with pecans.

A hand reaches in to grab a slice of this vegan Texas sheet cake straight from the pan!

Expert Tips

Use these expert tips to make this Texas sheetcake perfect every time!

  • This recipe calls for vegan butter. I used Earth Balance butter sticks.
  • For a healthier cake, can use whole wheat pastry flour. It will add some fiber to this recipe and I have found using this flour doesn’t make it quite as dense as using regular whole wheat flour.
  • In addition, you can use coconut sugar to add a little more healthy to this recipe too.
  • For my Vegan Chocolate Sheet Cake, I actually used half and half peanut butter and vegan butter. It works perfectly and doesn’t add too much of a peanut butter flavor. I like using nut butters as the fat in my recipes, and finding the right balance is important.
  • Follow the instructions to make the frosting for this vegan Texas sheet cake, but the most important tip is to put the frosting on while the cake is still hot from the oven. I know. It’s counterintuitive, but it helps that frosting seep into the cake, adding sweetness and tenderness throughout.
  • And look at that shiny coating on top of the frosting! It comes from being applied while the cake is still hot!
  • Normally, you’d make Texas sheet cake with sour cream. However, we’re using the whipped tofu in place of the sour cream. You can substitute vegan sour cream if you’d prefer.

Do you love vegan cakes? You’ll flip for my Vegan Carrot Cake, loaded with carrots and all the goodies and topped with a vegan cream cheese frosting. Or try this Vegan Vanilla Cake, a stunning cake that’s both beautiful and tasty!

A close-up shot of vegan Texas sheet cake with several slices and pecans next to it.

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A close-up shot of vegan Texas sheet cake with several slices and pecans next to it.

Vegan Texas Sheet Cake

I think my mom makes this Texas Sheet Cake every summer which means having a slice of it right now makes me feel all summery inside.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Texas Sheet Cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

For the Moist Chocolate Cake:

  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • cups granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup whipped firm tofu place tofu in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Chocolate Pecan Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2– 3 tablespoons plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3– 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans plus more if you’d like to put on top for a nice touch

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare your sheet cake pan by giving it a quick spray of vegetable cooking spray.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the cocoa and stir until well combined. In a separate, small sauce pan, heat the water until it’s good and hot. Add the hot water, stir, and bring that mixture to a boil for 20-30 seconds. Then remove from heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  • In a separate, smaller bowl combine the milk, vinegar, whipped tofu, and vanilla and stir well. Set aside.
  • Pour the hot chocolate mixture over the flour mixture and stir well. Then fold in the tofu mixture and stir until everything is well-combined. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
  • We will be icing the cake while it is still warm so go ahead and make the frosting while the cake is baking. Melt the butter in a saucepan (I used the same one from the cake…didn’t even bother to rinse it out since the ingredients are so similar) over medium heat. Add the cocoa. Is this sounding familiar?
  • Remove from heat and add the soy milk and vanilla. Stir until combined. Now add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, giving it a good stir between each cup. Add the chopped pecans, stir together.
  • Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and pour the frosting evenly over the still warm cake. Let the heat help spread that frosting out all the way through from the far corners of the cake. Make sure the frosting and pecans are equally distributed across the cake.

Notes

I use what is technically referred to as a “half” sheet cake pan, in that it is 12″ wide X 16″ long by 2″ deep.

This is a perfect weekend cake so why not give it a try tonight! Enjoy!

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