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
  • 2
  • 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


  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.

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About Texas Sheet Cake - Lightened Up

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

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