White Texas Sheet Cake

by Suzanne on August 22, 2012

in Sweet Things

Who hasn’t heard of Texas sheet cake or is it just me since I live next to Texas. Texas sheet cake is usually chocolate not white but it’s time you meet the sister for the non chocolate lovers, a sin right? Who doesn’t like chocolate, don’t admit it. Β I suppose Texas sheet cake got it’s name since it is made in a large sheet cake pan like the large state of Texas, verses a regular size cake pan like the state of Arkansas πŸ™‚ . Β I must admit, I’m a self proclaimed chocolate lover but every once an while a girls’ got to have another flavor like vanilla. I make a very popular version of Texas sheet cake called Rocky Road Texas sheet cake that is beloved by all, and is my go-to recipe for a crowd, so check out the recipe and decide which mood your in for making sheet cake. This recipe is slightly adapted from Frieda loves bread, who got it from her friend Dani Slaugh and the rest is history.

White Texas Sheet Cake

1 c. butter
1 c. water
2 c. sugar
2 c. + 4 T flour
1/2 t salt
1 t soda
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 C butter
6 T buttermilk or regular milk
1 t vanilla
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
dash of salt
1 c. pecans (optional)

Step 1: Put butter and water in a large bowl. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes. Stir until all the butter is melted. Step 2: Add sugar, flour, salt, and soda, stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Stir in sour cream until all is blended.
Step 3: Pour into a 11”x17” baking sheet that has been greased and floured.
Step 4: Bake at 375ΒΊ for 20-25 minutes, until cake springs back when lightly touched or toothpick inserted in center comes clean. Remove from the oven and make the frosting.
Step 5: Cook butter and milk for 3-4 minutes in microwave. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and a dash of salt. Beat until smooth. Add nuts or no nuts and gently spread on warm cake.
Just a note this cake is super sweet πŸ™‚

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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

I love sheet cakes, they are so easy and great for a group! I’ve only made the classic chocolate version, but I love a good vanilla cake πŸ™‚

2 jen @ one curly fry August 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm

This looks amazing. I could probably sit and eat that entire pan!

3 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:18 am

thanks Jen, I am right along with you.

4 Patty August 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Your cake looks beautiful! I remember the first time I had a piece of Texas Sheet Cake- I had never seen a cake so big, chocolatey and rich- wow! I like your vanilla version and the sprinkles are too cute. This is a perfect cake to make for a special celebration, thanks for sharing your recipe:-)

5 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:19 am

Ha ha, that’s funny Patty, yes I do think it was named correctly for it’s size.

6 Lora @cakeduchess August 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm

An enormous sheet cake that has pretty sprinkles on top-yes! Love this cake as vanilla instead of chocolate:)

7 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:17 am

thanks Lora πŸ™‚

8 The CafΓ© SucrΓ© Farine August 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Hi Suzanne, this is a favorite (both versions) at our house. I just made this white one and took it to work, you would have thought it was a cake I labored all day on – they loved it! I was almost embarrassed to tell them how simple it is, definitely a best kept secret! πŸ™‚ Love your pretty sprinkles!

9 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:17 am

I know these are the easiest cakes to make and take hardly anytime to make, they are a sure hit too.

10 Paula (Salad in a Jar) August 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I haven’t tried this but it sounds and looks like something I should definitely put on my list.

11 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:15 am

Thanks Paula πŸ™‚

12 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) August 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I have had the chocolate version and it is delish! However, a white cake with white frosting is my absolute favorite. This cake looks and sounds amazing. I would have a hard time eating just one peice. Pinning now for later!!! πŸ™‚

13 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:16 am

It’s always hard for me to just eat one of any sweet treat!

14 Choc Chip Uru August 23, 2012 at 4:15 am

Sheet cakes are some of the best, especially as delicious as yours πŸ˜€

Choc Chip Uru

15 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 23, 2012 at 7:28 am

I live quite far from Texas and only heard about the famous sheet cake but have never tried it. Your colorful sprinkles makes the cake even more tempting, yum!

16 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:15 am

Well now you need to try the vanilla version Roxana!

17 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

Sheets cakes are perfect for a get together! I’m going to have to try this vanilla version!

18 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:14 am

I know so easy for serving a crowd right πŸ™‚

19 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

I love chocolate sheet cake. I haven’t had it in years, but my mom used to make it all the time! My husband (the only non chocolate person I know), would love this white version.

20 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:14 am

I know someone has to ruin the chocolate party right? My MIL doesn’t like chocolate all that well either but these vanilla ones are a hit with the non chocolate lovers.

21 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I just saw your chocolate version and honestly I cannot pick which one I’d love – both looks so good! I still remember the first time I saw American size cake at the party and stunned! Well it was too sweet for me back then but I’m more accustomed to the sweet taste I guess. I love how you decorated this vanilla cake with sprinkles. My kids will be excited as soon as they spot this cake. πŸ˜‰

22 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:12 am

Thanks Nami, if you haven’t tried one before I would say go for the chocolate then try the vanilla.

23 Sophie August 24, 2012 at 12:40 am

I never tasted a frosted cake bar like this one! The bars look utterly tasty & are looking very pretty too! πŸ™‚

Yum Yum Yum!

24 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

thanks Sophie, you would love them I think.

25 Amy Tong August 24, 2012 at 1:49 am

Opps…I guess I’m the other person who haven’t heard of a Texas Sheet Cake! πŸ˜› I love your white vanilla version. Yes, I’m crazy about chocolate, but as you said, I need a vanilla fix every once in a while. This cake is beautiful.

26 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

Thanks you Amy, glad I introduced you to something you haven’t heard of πŸ™‚

27 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Sheet cake with sprinkles?!? Sign me up for a few slices πŸ˜€

28 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:08 am

thanks Kiran, hard to resist sprinkle!

29 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake August 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

I’ve never heard of the Texas sheet cake before, but it looks so good! So moist and delicious looking. πŸ™‚ I think I would like both the white and the classic versions.

30 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

Thanks Jenny, it’s very moist and delish, hope you get to try it sometime.

31 Liren August 27, 2012 at 12:16 am

Woah, I need a slice of that! Mm, and a slice of the chocolate version, too πŸ™‚ My inlaws have retired in Texas, we owe them a visit soon, perhaps this is something I can bake while I’m down there πŸ™‚

32 Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

Oh that’s great Liren, Texans love their sheet cake and big πŸ™‚

33 Magic of Spice August 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Such a fun and festive sheet cake! Love the addition of sprinkles, and although I am a chocolate lover…you are right, a bit of a change can be delicious πŸ™‚

34 Aubrey October 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Hey Suzanne! Thanks for the the fabulous recipe! I use this for my white cupcakes. πŸ™‚ Love it!

35 Suzanne October 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

thanks Aub, glad you like the cake πŸ™‚

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