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White Texas Sheet Cake

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White Texas Sheet Cake is a baking sheet sized white cake that has a hint of almond, perfectly moist and delicious. Got a crowd to feed? Make up a batch of this recipe and you are good to go!!

white texas sheet cake topped with strawberries


What is Texas Sheet Cake?

Now let me start off by saying I have only spent a few days of my life in the great, big state of Texas. The only reason I can think that this cake is associated with that beautiful place is because of it’s size!! This cake takes up a whole baking sheet and can feed 16-20 people, less if you take Texas portions….

This White Texas Sheet Cake reminds me of my wedding cake!! It is moist and has a mild taste of almond, but costs a whole lot less than a wedding cake. This sheet cake is a great idea for those big wedding parties. Make a few of these to serve your guests, and save that fancy cake for yourself!!! They will never know the difference!!


How to Make White Texas Sheet Cake?

This sheet cake recipe is simple to make, everyone will think you are a master baker when you serve this for dessert!! The first step is to bring 1 cup of water to a boil, remove from the heat and add one cup of butter. Stir until melted. Transfer the cooled butter and water mixture to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Add in the sugar, eggs and almond extract. Mix until well combined.

To the batter mix in the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt. Add the sour cream.  Mix until well combined, scraping down the sides as you mix. The batter will be runny, which is what you are going for.

Pour the finished batter into a well greased baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350ºF for 23-26 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and cool a little before frosting. Spread the frosting on the warm cake.

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Ingredients Needed for White Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

For this Texas Sheet Cake Recipe you will need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 tsp almond extract

slices of texas sheet cake on white plates

Can I make This Texas Sheet Cake Ahead?

You can make this recipe ahead. If you would like to make it 2-3 days ahead, tightly wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the fridge. I would let it come to room temperature before serving, unless you prefer cold cake.

If you would like to make this months ahead, because you are a planner and have things to do….You can totally do that. There are two options, you can frost the cake and then wrap in plastic wrap and foil and freeze. Or, bake the cake and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil and place in the freezer. Make the frosting and place in a zip top freezer bag or container and freeze separately. Frost before serving. This cake can be frozen for up to 4 months before serving. Remove from freezer a few hours before serving.

sheet cake and frosting and strawberries


Serving Texas Sheet Cake with Fresh Fruit

I like to serve up this cake with slices of fresh fruit like strawberries, peaches and even raspberries. If you are using fresh fruit my one tip for this would be to place it on the cake just before serving as the sugar in the cake will draw out the juices from the fruit on top of the cake.

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White Texas Sheet Cake

White Texas Sheet Cake is a delicious white cake with a hint of almond. This cake is moist and flavorful. Perfect for feeding a crowd!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 288kcal


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder

White Sheet Cake Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3-4 cups confectioner's sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a baking sheet.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat bring the water to a boil. Once the water in boiling, remove from the heat and add the butter. Stir until melted.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer pour in the cooled butter/water mixture. Add in the sugar, eggs, almond extract and sour cream. Mix until well combined.
  • Add in the dry ingredients; flour, salt and baking powder
  • Beat, scraping down the sides until everything is well combined and batter is formed.
  • Pour into prepared baking sheet (13' X 18' half baking sheet size) and bake for 23-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

White Sheet Cake Frosting Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl add butter, milk and almond extract. Mix to combine and beat the butter.
  • Add in the confectioner's sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the frosting has thickened and easily forms a peak.
  • Frost warm cake.



Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 53mg | Sugar: 32g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Dessert, Holidays
Keyword: White Texas Sheet Cake
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  1. 5 stars
    This cake was absolutely delicious. I made it for our New Year’s Eve party which just happened to be our 48th wedding anniversary. My husband said “this is the kind of cake you are served at a 5 star hotel”. Needless to say, it was a huge hit. Thank You.

    1. That is so kind!! I am so happy it was a hit for you!! Thanks so much for coming back and leaving a comment!! Happy New Years..and Anniversary!!

  2. Your recipe instructs, “grease a 26 x 18 in baking sheet.” I’m pretty sure that’s a mistake. There wasn’t nearly enough batter for that size pan. After scraping the batter off the big pan and onto smaller ones (I’m a moron, I should have only used one small sheet pan)… I ended up making a series of further errors, so no picture, but my family assured me that the cake and frosting tasted great. I just thought you might want to fix the pan size 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    YUM!!!!! In the past I have bought cakes for special occasions since I have been too intimidated to make a cake without a boxed mix. So nice to have this recipe! Your recipes and instructions make it less daunting!