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Arnold Palmer Texas Sheet Cake

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The classic tea and lemonade combination of the Arnold Palmer is now available in Texas sheet cake form.  Perfect for BBQs, potlucks or any summertime party!

slice of tea and lemon sheet cake on plate

     This tea screams summertime!  The sweet tea cake is made in the style of a Texas sheet cake. 

The lemon icing is made in a saucepan and poured over the warm cake for an easy smooth finish.  The combination is absolutely delicious and tastes like an Arnold Palmer.

      Remember way back when MiMi used to write a weekly feature? We called it Mondays with MiMi. Don’t feel too bad if you don’t remember it, because it didn’t last long.

    It turns out she is good cook and writer, but the pressure of making a blog worthy recipe and writing a post each week was too much pressure. So now she prefers to read along.  I guess seeing her name in lights just wasn’t enough payment for all of the hard work. 😉

sheet cake with lemons and glass of iced tea

     Occasionally she comes out of retirement and shares a fun recipe though. When she created the oatmeal raisin cookie baked oatmeal, she knew we’d all love it. She was right, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from those of you who have made it.

    I knew she had something up her sleeve this week for family dinner, but she was pretty tight lipped about what.  She made a version of grandma’s chicken and broccoli casserole, but with ham instead of chicken.

I have since made a ham, broccoli and pasta bake and shared it because the combination is delicious. It’s a great way to use leftover ham too!

slice of arnold palmer cake with wedge of lemon on top.

     Then for dessert she pulled out this sheet cake.  A sweet tea sheet cake with lemon icing. You read that right! It was soooo good too and quite the surprise.

     This is a “true” Texas sheet cake according to MiMi. Her rule is that the batter and the icing must be made in a saucepan on the stove to qualify.

served piece of sweet tea and lemon Texas sheet cake

   No creaming butter or bringing ingredients to room temperature is allowed. That’s too fancy schmacy for a Texas sheet cake.

    Really that format is a perfect one for adding tea flavoring too as your going to be warming water on the stove anyway. And the lemon icing is the perfect topping.

    My dad has always had a soft spot for Arnold Palmers as a drink. They are a perfect summertime beverage. This cake gives them a run for their money!

piece of Arnold Palmer cake with tea flavored cake layer and smooth lemon icing on glass plate ready to eat.

    We are big sheet cake fans, they are no fuss and perfect for potlucks and BBQs.  This one is a new favorite, but we also love MiMi’s other original sheet cake recipe the chocolate chip cookie dough sheet cake.

    The white Texas sheet cake is a hit on Pinterest.  Have you ever tried different flavors of Texas sheet cake or have you stuck to the tried and true chocolate?

Yield: 24 Servings

Arnold Palmer Texas Sheet Cake

piece of sweet tea Texas sheet cake with lemon icing ready to eat

The classic tea and lemonade combination of the Arnold Palmer is now available in Texas sheet cake form. Perfect for BBQs, potlucks or any summertime party!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


Sweet Tea Sheet Cake

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tea bags (your favorite blend)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Lemon Icing

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a half sheet jelly roll pan (13×18″)
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Turn off heat then add tea bags to brew for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and add butter. Bring back heat until butter is melted.
  4. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk the tea and butter into the rest of the ingredients until just combined.
  5. Pour into prepared sheet pan and bake for 17-20 minutes.
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes during which you should begin making the icing.


  1. Combine the butter and milk in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixtures just starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon extract.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, whisking until it reaches a good consistency for spreading.
  3. After the cake has cooled for 20 minutes, spread the warm icing over the cake. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 0gSugar: 30gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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The classic tea and lemonade combination of the Arnold Palmer is now available in Texas sheet cake form.  Perfect for BBQs, potlucks or any summertime party!

Thanks for sharing!


Friday 6th of April 2018

Love lemon and sheet cakes are great for serving a crowd - yum!


Saturday 7th of April 2018

Thank you!


Friday 6th of April 2018

Mimi is brilliant! I love sheet cakes, and this is such a great spin on it!


Saturday 7th of April 2018

She is, isn't she?! Thanks!


Friday 6th of April 2018

This is simply gorgeous. And genius! Can't wait to try this!


Saturday 7th of April 2018

Thank you!


Thursday 5th of April 2018

The only way my husband drinks tea is an Arnold Palmer so I know he'd love this sheet cake.


Saturday 7th of April 2018

They are my dad's favorite too! I hope you give it a go!


Thursday 5th of April 2018

The icing on top looks perfect, I can tell I'd be addicted to this cake!


Saturday 7th of April 2018

It's easy to get hooked on! Thanks

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