Chocolate cake with slight hint of cinnamon and hazelnut espresso to bring out the amazing chocolate flavor in the cake, frosted with a fudgy pecan frosting.  These Texas Sheetcake Cupcakes are a recipe that you absolutely must try!
Texas Sheetcake Cupcakes

This month the theme for our Virtual Supper Club is “Thyme for Turkey.”  I decided that since I was making dessert I would not go with the suggestion of Thyme as in the spice, but as in time for its time for Thanksgiving Dessert!

I love Texas Sheetcake. The first time I ever had the fudgy delight was at my Aunt Marlene’s house. I loved the hint of cinnamon with chocolate and pecan fudge topping and the sheetcake was so moist!  I decided to try the sheetcake recipe I always made on these Texas Sheetcake Cupcakes. My intrepretation of portion control!

I think my Aunt Marlene’s recipe came from Taste of Home. I found a version on Cooking Light years ago that is better calorie wise and when I want to make something that is to feed a crowd I will make it and it always goes over really well!

Texas Sheetcake Cupcakes
Let me tell you.  This frosting, it is to die for.  It is fudge like and the nutty pecan crunch is so yummy!  I have always preferred a frosting that turns out like fudge rather than creamy.  If you like fudge, you will love this frosting.  The cake itself is moist and tender.  Cupcake or cake form, I have to say, this is probably my favorite way to eat chocolate cake and I bet you will love it just as much.
Be sure to check out the rest of our Virtual Supper Club contributions!

Sandi –Whistlestop Café Cooking– Salt-and-Pepper Roast Turkey
Jerry- A Life Lived – Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue CheeseVal – More Than Burnt Toast – Flatbreads with Honey and Thyme
Susan Linquist –The Spice Garden – Roasted Chanterelle Mushrooms with Thyme
Sarah Galvin-All Our Fingers in the Pie– Stilton Stuffed Baked Pears

Are you crazy about cupcakes too?  Then be sure to follow my Pinterest Board Cupcake Crazy!
Texas Sheetcake Cupcakes
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch – adapted from Cooking Light
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Serves: 24
A chocolate cupcake with the slight hint of cinnamon frosted with a fudgy pecan frosting. Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso granules
  • 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk.
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecan pieces
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2-12 cup cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  2. Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups and level with a knife. Add sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and combine with a whisk.
  3. Combine 3/4 cup water, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, and 1/2 cup cup unsweetened cocoa powder in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil while stirrinig frequently. Add to flour mixture and mix with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add buttermilke, vanilla and eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat well. Pour batter into paper lined cupcake pans. Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcake bounces back when pressed lightly with finger. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.
  4. Make frosting by combining 6 tablespoons butter, buttermilk and cocoa powder in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and gradually add powdered sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla. Stir in pecan pieces. Spoon frosting over warm cupcakes. Cool completely.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. marye November 5, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I love Texas Sheet cake…and these look like cupcake perfection!

  2. Sherri Jo November 5, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

    omgosh these look perfect! Want!

  3. Patsy K November 5, 2014 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Oh, I love that I can have my cake and eat it, too! Yum!!!

  4. bellini November 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    I like the interpretation of time for this months challenge Shelby. Thanks for bringing this chocolatey goodness to the table.

  5. Mandee Pogue November 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    These sounds absolutely divine! PINNING!

  6. From Valeries Kitchen November 5, 2014 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Your recipe os very close to the sheet cake recipe I've made for years. You just can't go wrong with a recipe like this! Everyone loves it. Love the idea of doing cupcakes with it.

  7. Bobbi Burleson November 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    WOW these look and sound fabulous..and dangerous because I would want to eat them all!!!

  8. Susan Lindquist November 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of the sheet cake too! They're so easy and feed a raft of folks! That frosting sounds wonderful too!

  9. Renee Paj November 6, 2014 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Over the top deliciousness right here! You've totally outdone yourself Shelby. I'd eat the frosting with a spoon! haha

  10. Sandra Shaffer November 6, 2014 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Oh, these look amazing! That frosting has me drooling. I've make the Texas Sheet Cake during the summer and now I'm excited to try the cupcakes anytime!

  11. Rachael November 6, 2014 at 5:44 am - Reply

    I love that this is cupcakes! Looks great. I bet these go quick!

  12. JDeQ November 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious. I confess, though, to never having a Texas Sheet Cake – I wonder where that name came from?

  13. Catherine November 9, 2014 at 7:00 am - Reply

    This bread really does look wonderful to enjoy for breakfast with coffee. Catherine

  14. Pam November 10, 2014 at 12:13 am - Reply

    I have never had Texas Sheet Cake it's one of those things I say I'm going to fix and keep putting it off. Now as cupcakes I just might be able to get them made. They do look delicious

  15. Carlsbad Cravings November 10, 2014 at 6:54 am - Reply

    I LOVE Texas sheet cake! My friend's mom used to make it all the time when I was 10 and I haven't had it since – shame on me! Can't wait to make these – they look so moist and that frosting is incredible!

  16. […] When everyone brings something to share, it is a fun way to party and so much easier on the host! Big batch brownies and cookies, pasta and potato salad are traditional dishes for potluck. You will almost always see one of those goodies on the table. Enjoying old favorites from family and friends is something I always look forward to. My first encounter with Texas Sheet Cake was at a family reunion when one of my aunts brought it for dessert. I loved it so much that I’ve made it several times throughout the years. I’ve even turned it into cupcakes! […]

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