Texas Sheet Cake - Lightened Up

Texas Sheet Cake - Lightened Up Recipe

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Lori Loucas


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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2 c
2 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
1/2 c
1 c
1/2 c
unsweetened applesauce or plain yogurt
1/4 c
unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
1 tsp
vanilla extract


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

How to Make Texas Sheet Cake - Lightened Up


  • 1For Cake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 2Whisk together the sugar and flour in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • 3In 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.
  • 4Add eggs, soda, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat just until combined.
  • 5Pour 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.
  • 6For Frosting:
    During the last five minutes the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. .
  • 7Melt butter and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat. Add milk and bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • 8Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
  • 9When 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.

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About Texas Sheet Cake - Lightened Up

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

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