Easy Texas Turtle Sheet Cake

Easy Texas Turtle Sheet Cake

Easy Texas Turtle Sheet Cake


2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups self-rising flour

1 cup butter

1 cup strong black coffee

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

Chocolate Frosting:

1/4 cup butter

4 tablespoons buttermilk

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Turtle Topping:

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup caramel sauce, for drizzling


Preheat and Prepare:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a sheet pan, or line it with parchment paper for easier cleanup.

Combine Dry Ingredients:

In a large bowl, mix together the self-rising flour and granulated sugar. Set aside.

Make the Chocolate Mixture:

In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of butter, 1 cup of strong black coffee, and 1/3 cup of cocoa powder. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Once it reaches a boil, pour it into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix with a hand-held mixer on medium speed until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Add Wet Ingredients:

Add the eggs and 1/2 cup of buttermilk to the mixture. Continue mixing on medium speed until the batter is well combined and smooth.

Bake the Cake:

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or fork inserted into the center comes out clean.

Prepare the Frosting:

While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of butter, 4 tablespoons of buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and gradually whisk in the powdered sugar, adding it 1/2 cup at a time until smooth.

Frost the Cake:

Once the cake is done baking and still warm, spread or pour the warm frosting evenly over the top.

Add Turtle Topping:

Sprinkle the chopped pecans and chocolate chips evenly over the frosted cake. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top.


Allow the cake to cool slightly before slicing and serving. Enjoy this decadent and easy Texas Turtle Sheet Cake!