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Makeover White Texas Sheet Cake

This tried and true recipe is absolutely delicious. Nearly 15 years ago, Joanie wrote, “With its creamy frosting and light almond flavor, no one can stop at just one piece!” That certainly is still accurate today. Another reader, Kaye Buckley, from Springfield, Massachusetts loves this recipe and was wondering if we could do a makeover on it. Without being able to see a noticeable difference in flavor, our team cut over 50% of the fat, and more than a third of the calories. Enjoy!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted


  • In a large saucepan, bring butter and water just to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat; stir in the flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream, applesauce, salt, baking powder, extract and baking soda until smooth.
  • Pour into a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and extract until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Add milk; beat until smooth. Spread over warm cake; sprinkle with walnuts. Cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 266 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • rockeyjsquirrel
    Nov 22, 2019

    Can you use a different size pan? I do not have a sheet pan this size. I have just the standard. Thank you.

  • hedjo
    May 12, 2012

    This is my favorite cake of all time! I use the cake recipe from this makeover version and the icing recipe from the original White Texas Sheet Cake version. I have had so many requests for this recipe. Love it!

  • Carol Holliday
    Feb 16, 2010

    I made this cake last week and it was oh so good. I did use replacer instead , but it was so good that it was ate without even being frosted!