Basic Texas Sheet Cake Recipe is moist and delicious, made in a jelly roll pan, covered with vanilla and almond frosting. Make ahead for better flavor!

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Friends, looking for a cake to make this weekend? Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe, full of butter, that is a real crowd pleaser! 

If you’re a chocolate lover, try my Double Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake Recipe (watch the video how to make it) or Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Recipe (with rich chocolate frosting).

Basic Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Just in time for Memorial Day, summer hosting (Father’s Day, Summer Solstice, birthdays, pool parties, and 4th of July), enjoy this classic cake recipe!

Make ahead, because the longer it sits, the better it is! 

You can use a jelly roll pan, but I use my Pampered Chef bar pan. I’ve had my stone bar pan for years (15.5 x 10 x 1 inches), and you can check it out here on Amazon, if you are interested (affiliate link).

Great for a party!

Oh, I love Julia.

A party without cake is really just a meeting. –Julia Child

We served this cake last week at an NBA basketball party, but with red, white and blue sprinkles, make it for Memorial Day weekend or 4th of July!

It’s also delicious served warm…….

….with homemade vanilla ice cream, or homemade chocolate ice cream. Or, serve it plain!

Kids LOVE this recipe!

Or, if you’re looking for a German Chocolate Cake or Best Flourless Chocolate Cake, you also won’t be disappointed.

Light almond flavor

I always put almond extract in my cakes, so this creamy frosting with a light almond flavor—well, you can’t just stop at one piece!

I know I write this often, but I really don’t consider myself a baker. Sometimes baking is so complicated, and I want a hurry-up recipe.

What’s in a Texas Sheet Cake?

Well, this Texas Sheet Cake is a hurry-up recipe with super-simple instructions, thanks to Taste of Home.

What’s in a Texas Sheet Cake? Usual cake ingredients, with a lot of butter! Butter and sour cream.

I adapted it a bit, and didn’t add the nuts, but sprinkles instead.

It seems with more and more nut and food allergies, sometimes it’s best to leave off the nuts.

Or, put nuts on one side of the cake.

I also served this cake at a very special party (more coming up!), and I can’t wait to share the pictures with you. Maybe you already saw it on my Instagram! By the way, are you following me on Instagram? It’s easy … @ReluctantEntertainer.

Basic Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

This cake can be hand-whisked. No need for an actual mixer.

Delicious made ahead and served the next day!

It’s just the perfect “party” or potluck cake and great for a holiday weekend!

Happy hosting!

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Basic Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
resting: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 20
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. almond extract


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup half and half, or 2% or whole milk
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners’ (powderesugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • cake sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 15x10x1-in. baking or jellyroll pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the first five ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda).
  • In a small saucepan, combine butter and water; bring just to a boil. Whisk into the flour mixture.
  • In a small bowl, whisk eggs, sour cream and extract until blended; add to flour mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Pour batter into a prepared pan. Bake until golden brown, 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 20 minutes.
  • For frosting, combine butter and milk in a large saucepan; bring just to a boil. Remove from heat; gradually stir in powdered sugar and extract.
  • While the frosting is warm, spread over the warm cake. Allow to sit for 1 hour before serving.


This cake can be hand-whisked. No need for an actual mixer.
Delicious made ahead and served the next day!
Course: Dessert
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