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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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

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, texas sheet cake, valentine's day, white cake
Servings: 24 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
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

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 15x10x1-inch sheet pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • While the cake cools, prepare the frosting by combining the butter and milk in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • 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.

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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  • 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

  • Natalie at

    I have some KC Chiefs sprinkles..red, yellow and white! Gonna whip this up with those sprinkles for the Super Bowl!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      YES!! Love this idea!!

      xo Michael

  • Susan Butcher at

    The white Texas sheet cake looks good.

  • Anne H at

    I made this cake for an office birthday celebration this week and boy was it a hit! Perfect for a crowd and the almond flavor is divine.

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