White Texas Sheet Cake Recipe
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White Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

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This cake gets better the longer it sits, so I try to make it a day ahead. My mother-in-law introduced this deliciously rich cake to me. With its creamy frosting and light almond flavor, no one can stop at just one piece!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 409 calories, 19g fat (10g sat. fat), 62mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 58g carbohydrates (45g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the first five ingredients. In a small saucepan, combine butter and water; bring just to a boil. Stir into flour mixture. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, sour cream and extract until blended; add to flour mixture, whisking constantly.
  3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack 20 minutes.
  4. For frosting, combine butter and milk in a large saucepan; bring just to a boil. Remove from heat; gradually stir in confectioners' sugar and extract. Stir in walnuts. Spread over warm cake. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as White Texas Sheet Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1993, p39

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Reviewed Apr. 8, 2016

"Very tender cake with a delicate crumb. I did substitute milk for water. Great recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I have made this many times since I found it. I do not understand why you would put walnuts in almond flavored anything. I have always substituted sliced almonds. Prettier and tastes better."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2015

"This is a wonderful version of the chocolate Texas sheet cake, like many have stated the almond flavoring is strong and I love almond flavoring! When I make this again I'm going to tone it down some in both the cake and frosting. Just a really good cake!"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"This cake is absolutely fantastic! A word of advice though, do not prepare the frosting until the cake comes out of the oven. It sets up very quickly and becomes unspreadable - I learned this the hard way. Every time I serve this I get overwhelmingly good reactions. So, so good."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"If you are looking for a substitute for the chocolate version of a texas sheet cake this is a good recipe. The cake is very moist. I had trouble with the icing being too thick to spread. The almond flavor is strong so I would suggest putting it only in the icing or the cake, not both. Next time I would like to try using vanilla instead of almond flavoring."

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