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Basic Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Servings: 20
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
resting: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Dessert


  • 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!
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