The best and fastest chocolate cake recipe ever! Start to finish in only 30 minutes, it’s a go-to dessert that is loved by all. Also called a Cocoa Buttermilk Cake or Texas Sheet Cake made famous by the Pioneer Woman herself, the Montana Sheet Cake is our ranch version of this classic recipe.
Cut into bite size squares, this decadent almost fudge-like cake with just a hint of cinnamon is perfect for a no hassle dessert platter for any occasion. It's your last minute, what have I got on hand, I need a quick and fabulous dessert crowd-pleasing recipe.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Bake@400 degrees 10-12 minutes
This is hands down our favorite family cake recipe! My mom has made it for as long as I can remember. Always a hit, the Montana sheet cake cut into bite-sized squares has made an appearance at many a family get together and almost every party we’ve ever attended.
I love that it’s a from scratch recipe that is part of our pantry staples. You know those last minute, I need a dessert for a crowd moments? This is the recipe!
Don’t heap the chocolate when measuring! This is unsweetened baking chocolate. Too much in cake or frosting will be bitter. Use a knife to level off measurements of unsweetened cocoa.
Buttermilk is the only ingredient in this recipe that I do not always have on hand. No buttermilk? No worries! Measure out milk, add vinegar to the milk to create a chemical reaction to mimic the buttermilk in the recipe. This method works in buttermilk pancakes too! Homemade Buttermilk Recipe Here
Watch the cooking time and test cake for doneness to prevent over baking and drying out cake. It’s easy to do when total bake time is 8-10 minutes.
This cake disappears fast! When I have leftovers, I flash freeze in a single layer then store in freezer (in container or freezer baggie). Bite size chocolate cake squares freeze and defrost well for even quicker, ready-to-go desserts.
Get creative with your toppings. Add your favorite chopped nuts and drizzle with salted caramel for a turtle version.
Enjoy this decadent Montana sheet cake recipe that will have you always signing up to bring the dessert!