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Makeover Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Our Test Kitchen cut half of the fat from the recipe Kristi Wells of Raleigh, North Carolina originally sent. The result, however, is nothing short of delicious. In fact, our tasting panel couldn't get enough of the moist chocolate cake and rich icing.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup sugar blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fat-free milk


  • In a large saucepan, bring the butter, water and cocoa just to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat. Combine the flours, sugar blend, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture. Combine the eggs, sour cream and applesauce; stir into butter mixture until blended.
  • Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 18-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add the cocoa, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cake.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter and Splenda sugar blend.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 242 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • traceoufan
    Mar 16, 2011

    YUCK!!! It taste like a sponge. I even tried it twice.

  • Sonny2000
    Feb 24, 2011

    love the concept of this cake. (HolJen) if you try your ideas to bring down the fat content please let me know how it came out.

  • HolJen
    Feb 20, 2011

    Have to get the cholesterol down on this how about egg beaters and " can't believe its not butter" all purpose, it is 50% less fat then what do youthink? Yes,no,maybe??

  • churchlady51
    Nov 15, 2008

    luved it