Enjoy this Pumpkin Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake Recipe for your next holiday gathering. This recipe serves up to 24, so enjoy with your favorite ice cream. Watch the video!

Friends, I love the layers of a cake. Some cakes are more complex than others, a bit more festive (for the season), elegant, or fancy. I think of my friend, Amanda (I am Baker), who makes the prettiest cake ever!

Some are mouth-watering in their simplicity, with one pretty garnish on top, like this Pumpkin Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake Recipe! Super easy, a dessert that everyone loves. (Are you following my Instagram Stories (videos)? You would have seen the progress of this cake being made.)

I think about feasting on life. Sometimes life doesn’t feel like a feast. When you consider the layers of disappointments, loss, sadness, and painful relationships most of us have experienced–life can be hard.

Life happens, a death of a loved one (Paul and I lost 3 parents in a short period of time when we got married), or a death of a relationship (hand raised, this is a reality for most people too). The loss of a job, finances, or even joy! These pains cause layers of disappointment, anger, resentment, and hurt.

It’s how we move through these painful situations in our lives that will make a difference. We take our experiences and use them for good, with love and hope and forgiveness to help others. Paul and I have helped quite a few couples, and many times our conversations happen around the dinner table.

We take those layers of pain that shape us, to be more authentic, honest, and real (and we show our kids in the process). Even our regrets are hard. But they are real. And we learn from them. I say that we show our kids, because our kids are always watching. ALWAYS. They begin to respect us more when we are real and honest about the hard stuff in life.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk plus more if needed
  • 1 box 1 pound powdered sugar, sifted (4 1/4 cups sifted)
  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. Combine the butter, water, and cocoa in saucepan over medium heat; heat until butter melts.
  2. Add sugar, flour, salt, eggs, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, sour cream, and vanilla; mix well. Pour into a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan. (I use the Pampered Chef Bar Pan.)
  3. ..................................................

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