I have no idea why they call a “Texas Sheet Cake” a “Texas Sheet Cake”. My only idea is that the cake is as big as Texas. That is the only thing I can actually think of. I will tell you this, if Texas tastes anything like this cake, then I need to “go to there” immediately.
Although this cake seems easy and simple enough to make, and it is, I have never made a cake using the techniques that are used for making this cake such as melting the butter and the milk and adding it to the dry ingredients and pouring the frosting over a hot cake. I think these techniques are what makes the “Texas Sheet Cake” what it is. Before I use to look at it as a regular cake just made in a rectangular pan, but after tasting it my mind will forever be changed.
I think the Texas Sheet cake is great for picnics or just to have friends over. I must warn you, the frosting is very rich and sweet, but it is very, very good.
NOTE: There have been some complaints about this cake not coming out well for some people. I am putting this out there because I want to be transparent with my blog followers and visitors. I have tested this recipe exactly 3 times without any changes or alterations and it came out in the same consistency as you see in this picture. I have listed the links below as to where I have adapted these recipes and followed them down to the letter. I have even received good ratings from Tasty Kitchen from people that have made this cake and it turned out well for them:
If your cake is coming out gooey and flat, my suggestions is that your baking powder and soda may not be good, your oven may not be reaching the appropriate temperature, you may be opening the oven one too many times, or not allowing the cake to bake long enough. I love this cake and I hope that you grow to love it and share it with your friends and family. If you follow the recipe accurately, you shouldn’t experience any issues. You can even go to the websites where the recipe was adapted from for comparison. I hope this helps.
This cake recipe was adapted from “Taste of Home”
This icing recipe was adapted from “Paula Deen Texas Sheet Cake Chocolate Frosting”
- FOR THE CAKE:
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), cubed
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (you can use vanilla extract if you prefer)
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- FOR THE FROSTING:
- 1 cup Sugar
- ½ cups unsweetened Cocoa powder, Sifted
- ½ cups Milk
- 4 Tablespoons Butter, cut into cubes
- 2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 375 Degrees
- In a large saucepan, bring butter and water just to a boil.Once the butter has melted remove from heat. Next, add the flour, sour cream, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla (almond) extract and eggs and mix to combine. smooth.
- Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes. The cake will still be somewhat warm.
- NOTE: I used a 9.5X13 inch rectangle glass dish and baked my cake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. But if you have a traditional jelly roll pan, use the 15X10 pan that the original recipe recommends. If you use the recommended jelly roll pan, your cake will come out a bit thin. I didn't want a thin cake. But its up to you.
- For the frosting: In a large saucepan, whisk together the sugar and cocoa. Whisk in the milk. Then stir in the butter and corn syrup. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. When the butter has melted and the sauce is slightly smooth, take the pan off the heat, stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.
- Pour the frosting on top of the slightly cooled cake (cool for 5 minutes). It may be a lot of frosting if you are using a 9X13 square rectangle pan( just a precaution). Allow the cake to cool with the frosting to completely set before serving.