Texas Sheet Cake - Lightened Up Recipe

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Texas Sheet Cake - Lightened Up

Lori Loucas

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@jostlori

There are many versions of this traditional Texas Sheet Cake, but most are very similar in that they call for a full cup of butter. This version, though certainly not in any way "healthy", uses unsweetened applesauce or plain yogurt to replace some of those fat-laden calories. It's also a bit different in that it includes a bit of cinnamon in the cake. The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it makes enough for a crowd, and best of all you don't have to wait for the cake to cool to apply the frosting. A great picnic or potluck cake! So go ahead... indulge!


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Serves:

32

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE:

2 c
sugar
2 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
butter
1/2 c
buttermilk
1 c
water
1/2 c
unsweetened applesauce or plain yogurt
1/4 c
unsweetened cocoa powder
2
eggs
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
cinnamon
1 tsp
vanilla extract

FOR THE FROSTING:

1/2 c
butter
1/4 c
unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c
milk
1 lb
confectioners sugar
1 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

1
For Cake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2
Whisk together the sugar and flour in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
3
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter, buttermilk, water, applesauce/yogurt, and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil. Stir well and pour into flour/sugar mixture.
4
Add eggs, soda, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat just until combined.
5
Pour into an ungreased 17 x 11 x 3/4-inch jelly-roll pan (or a baking sheet with a lip around the whole thing. Smooth with a spatula so the batter is evenly distributed. Bake for 20 minutes.
6
For Frosting:
During the last five minutes the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. .
7
Melt butter and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat. Add milk and bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat.
8
Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
9
When the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool for about 3-5 minutes, then pour the frosting over the top, spreading all the way to the corners.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American