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This White Texas Sheet Cake Recipe is so easy to make. You are going to love this recipe as much as the Chocolate Sheet Cake. It is moist and full of flavor and great for your next family get-together.

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My family loves the traditional Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake Recipe. But since making the white version of the Texas Sheet Cake this has become our favorite. We are big fans of white or vanilla cake and this cake recipe did not disappoint.

Do you know the difference between a regular cake and a sheet cake? The main difference is the size of the cake pan. A sheet cake is made in a shallow, large pan. It is usually called a jelly roll pan.

Crowd Pleaser

This white Texas sheet cake recipe is great anytime for you are a feeding a crowd.

  • Family Reunions – I always bring a sheet cake to our family reunions. Since the ingredients are simple I pretty much always have everything to make this sheet cake.
  • Holiday Gatherings – My family usually gather at my house for holidays, this is the perfect cake to make.
  • Family birthday parties – My kid always pick what they want for their birthday dessert, but I usually always make one of these cake to feed the adults.
  • Perfect Brunch Food – Invite some friends over, serve some fruit, and egg casserole and this cake and everyone will leave full! Have a hot coffee and tea bar and your friends will be so impressed.

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Cake

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Sour cream
  • Large Eggs
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Water

Ingredients for Frosting

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar – powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Walnuts, optional

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Topping Ideas

  • Chopped Walnuts – You can enjoy this cake without any toppings, but our favorite is chopped walnuts. You can also use other chopped nuts. Get creative with the topping. You can top half of of the sheet cake with nuts and the other half plain if you know someone doesn’t like nuts.
  • Shredded Coconuts – Try topping with shredded coconuts.
  • Sprinkles – Using sprinkles for a specific holiday that you are celebrating. Red and Green for Christmas, Pastels for Easter, or Orange or Brown for Thanksgiving. If you are making this for a birthday party, gender reveal or a game day party – change out your sprinkles for the special day.
  • White Chocolate Chips – You can also put some white chocolate chips on top. Or combine them with the nuts to increase that sweet and salty effect on this delicious cake.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10×15 inch pan.
Whisking dry ingredients in a bowl

Step 2 – Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a mixer or a large bowl. We like using this kitchen aid stand mixer.

Combining the eggs and sour cream together in a bowl

Step 3 – Beat in the eggs and sour cream. Set aside.

Melting butter and water in a saucepan

Step 4 – Melt on low in a saucepan butter and water. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat.

Combining the melted butter with the egg mixture

Step 5 – Allow to cool slightly, then stir butter mixture into the egg mixture and mix until well blended.

Spreading the cake batter into a Jelly roll Pan

Step 6 – Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and golden brown. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.  While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting.

Melting butter and milk in a saucepan

Step 7 – In a large saucepan, combine the butter and milk. Boil butter, then remove from heat.

Mixing in powdered sugar, vanilla and folding in nuts into the mixture

Step 8 – Stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended.

Pouring the frosting over the cake

Step 9 – Spread frosting over the top of the cake with spatula. Now your warm cake is ready to serve and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Size of Pan – When making this cake, we use a jelly roll pan or a 15×10 cake pan. This size of pan makes the perfect sheet cake.
  • Cooking Time – If you use other pan size, make sure that you adjust your cooking time.
  • Thicker Cake – You can also use a 9×13 cake pan if that is all you have. Your cake time would increase to about 30 minutes as the cake is thicker.
  • Extract – You can also use almond extract in this recipe. But we like using vanilla extract.
Close up image of a slice of White Texas Sheet Cake on a white plate.

Can you Make this Ahead of Time

This cake is perfect to make ahead of time. Since I usually make this cake for a party or a holiday get-together I always make this cake ahead of time. Just store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

You can also just make the cake and frost before you are ready to serve. I think this cake taste better as it rest for 24 hours. The frosting just melts into the cake making the cake so moist and flavorful.

We all get busy during the holiday. Start your baking early with this sheet cake. One less thing you have to make and your guest will be impressed that you had this made.

Close up image of a slice of white texas sheet cake on a white plate with a fork.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

If you have leftovers, just put it in the refrigerator covered for up to 3-5 days. It is just as good or even better than the day you made it. You can also leave it at room temperature.

Can I Freeze Sheet Cake?

Yes, you can freeze this sheet cake. This cake is the best cake to make ahead and freeze it, then you can thaw it the day of the party. Once the sheet cake has cooled completely and frosted, make sure that it is covered tightly or put in a freezer safe container. The cake is freezer safe for up to 2 months.

How to Thaw Cake

Thaw the white sheet cake in the fridge overnight. You can also set it out at room temperature and thaw before serving.

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White Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

5 from 8 votes
This White Texas Sheet Cake Recipe is simple to make, moist and delicious too!  This easy sheet cake recipe is perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 299

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10×15 inch pan.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan and add the water. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir butter mixture into the egg mixture and mix until well blended.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.  While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting.
  • For the frosting: In a large saucepan, combine the milk and ½ cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over the top of the cake.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 299kcal, Carbohydrates 45g, Protein 2g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 47mg, Sodium 207mg, Potassium 32mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 37g, Vitamin A 410IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 17mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Very moist and delicious. My husband only likes chocolate sheet cake and he loved this one.

  2. This cake was one of the Very Best Cakes I’ve ever made! It was easy to make following clear directions and good tips. Everyone raved at a reunion I went to yesterday! Thank you so much! (The only thing I did differently was substitute Almond Extract for the Coconut Extract which I didn’t seem to have – I love almond flavoring so it was delicious! Also I didn’t put the nuts in the frosting – I sprinkled them artfully around the edges so those who might not like nuts could get a piece from the middle. It was a beautifully presented cake, if I do say so myself!)