This White Texas Sheet Cake is a delightful way to serve a sweet treat to a crowd. And, dressed up with colorful sprinkles, it becomes a special dessert for Valentine’s Day!

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Yes, my friends, today we’re whipping up a delicious White Texas Sheet Cake. I don’t know about you, but traditional Texas Sheet Cake (the chocolate variety) was a dessert staple in my family.

While I have yet to share that recipe (This post reminded me that I should.), I have shared my recipe for Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake, which is still one of my favorites!

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I also decided to dress up this cake for Valentine’s Day with a variety of festive sprinkles. And speaking of Valentine’s Day, if you’re looking for more love-inspired treats, you can find a collection of my favorites here.

What is Texas Sheet Cake?

The day I was making this I was talking to a friend who told me he’d never heard of Texas Sheet Cake. I found that interesting so I did a little research, and it turns out that the origin of Texas Sheet Cake is a bit of a mystery. However, there is some connection to a similar dessert known as German Chocolate Cake. (Some day I also need to share a recipe for that. It’s yummy, too!)

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People seem to like Texas Sheet Cake because it requires fewer steps and less time and clean-up. Plus, it’s a large cake. If desired, you could cut it into smaller pieces and serve even more than 24.

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White Texas Sheet Cake for Valentine's Day #cake #texassheetcake #valentinesday #dessert #recipe

How do you make a White Texas Sheet Cake?

Well, it’s actually pretty easy. First, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and then turn to the stove top to prepare your wet ingredients.

In fact, I think cooking some of the ingredients for both the cake and frosting is what makes this recipe taste a bit different from a standard cake.

Water and butter are brought to a boil and then added to the dry ingredients along with sour cream, eggs, and almond extract.

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All of that gets baked in a large sheet pan, and it’s ready in about 20 minutes. So simple!

Next, a frosting glaze is made from confectioners’ sugar, melted butter, and milk. That is spread on the warm cake along with a handful of colorful Valentine’s Day sprinkles for the perfect finishing touch.

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White Texas Sheet Cake for Valentine's Day #cake #texassheetcake #valentinesday #dessert #recipe

And that’s it! Our White Texas Sheet Cake is complete and ready for Valentine’s Day snacking!

The cake is moist, sweet, and flavorful – ideal for sharing with the ones you love.

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White Texas Sheet Cake for Valentine's Day #cake #texassheetcake #valentinesday #dessert #recipe

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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White Texas Sheet Cake
Servings: 24 people   |   Prep Time: 15 mins   |   Cook Time: 20 mins   |   Total Time: 35 mins
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This White Texas Sheet Cake is a delightful way to serve a sweet treat to a crowd. And, dressed up with colorful sprinkles, it becomes a special dessert for Valentine's Day!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Chopped walnuts or sprinkles to garnish
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 15x10x1-inch sheet pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Then in a small saucepan, add the butter and water. Bring to a boil and quickly remove from heat. Stir the hot liquid into the flour mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, and almond extract until smooth. Pour that into the flour mixture and stir until smooth.
  5. Spread the batter in the prepared sheet pan. Baked 18-22 minutes until the cake is just golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.
  6. While the cake cools, prepare the frosting by combining the butter and milk in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  7. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and salt. Spread the glaze over the warm cake and immediately top with sprinkles.
Recipe Notes

Note: Traditional Texas Sheet Cake is made with walnuts in the frosting. If you prefer, you can stir in 1 cup of chopped walnuts to the glaze before spreading it over the cake.

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Comments

  • Patti McGarry at

    I’ve just discovered your blog and I am a HUGE fan! I’ve spent several hours already following various links and I’m having a great time! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • stephanie at

    having a great time with your posts and this one is no exception. the pink topping over the white layer makes this dish impressive. preparation looks simple either. must try dish.

  • Karen Easby at

    This cake looks fabulous! Have you tried baking it in a 13 x 9 pan for a thicker cake?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s sooooooo good!!
      No I haven’t. And I wouldn’t really recommend it especially with this particular frosting.

      xo Michael

  • Caroline P Carnell at

    I baked this cake just last night. Oh my! It was delicious – love the almond flavor and the moistness of the cake.
    Now for my goof – in my haste I baked in the 13×9 pan. Michael you are right. The frosting, although delicious, seemed a little much for the cake. Overall it was a HUGE hit – especially with the family members not particularly fond of chocolate. Oh well, an excuse to make it again soon. TY ~ Caroline

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