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Lemon Texas Sheet Cake

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Lemon Texas sheet cake is perfect for feeding a tasty dessert to a crowd.  It is so easy to make and has just the right amount of lemon flavor. Take it to your next BBQ, family reunion or potluck!

Stack of slices of lemon Texas sheet cake with smooth icing and sprinkles on top.

This lovely sheet cake is bursting with lemony citrus flavor. It is perfect for feeding a crowd. 

The batter is made in a saucepan just like the chocolate Texas sheet cake we all know and love.  But this version is brighter and tastes so fresh. Make one and see for yourself!

Did you know that Texas Sheet Cakes can come in other flavors than chocolate? It’s true! I know that chocolate is the traditional version everyone knows and loves, but the possibilities don’t have to end there.

In fact there are a ton of flavors you could make.  Now I do have a variety of jelly roll sheet cakes on the blog.

There’s the Elvis version. It features a banana sheet cake with peanut butter icing and optional bacon.

There’s the banana with salted caramel cream cheese frosting and both of those are amazing. But MiMi says they are NOT Texas sheet cakes.

Saucepan filled with lemon texas sheet cake batter.

You see she has rules for what qualifies and what doesn’t. In her world, obviously it has to be baked in the half sheet jelly roll pan to feed a Texas sized crowd.

You might think that’s the qualifier, but the rules according to MiMi don’t end there.  No sirree!

In addition to the size, the batter also has to be made with the boiling water and butter. That is her favorite part of sheet cake recipes, not having to think ahead and letting things soften!

So with that in mind, this lemon sheet cake is a true Texas sheet cake.

That is if MiMi is the one that makes the rules.

And she normally is!

Lifting first slice of lemon Texas sheet cake out of pan showing soft texture.

That is why she used that method to make her chocolate chip cookie dough sheet cake, one of her most popular original recipes! Honestly, the ease of putting these cakes together is a big draw.

The frosting is just as easy to make. Even better, pouring warm frosting over a warm cake means it practically frosts itself and keeps the cake so moist and delicious.

Piece of lemon Texas sheet cake with glossy icing and spinkles on top.

So go ahead and whip yourself up a lemon Texas sheet cake for your next party. Maybe make a white Texas sheet cake one too while you’re at it. I mean they are easy, delicious and fun to share!

What are your favorite Texas sheet cake flavors? Or maybe there’s a flavor you’d like to see made into a sheet cake? That might be a fun challenge!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called Texas sheet cake?

The exact origins of the recipe and the name are unknown. But most people say it’s named that because the large size and everything is bigger in Texas!

How do I store Texas sheet cake?

As with most cakes, this cake is best within a couple of days of the time it is made. However, it can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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Showing soft moist texture of lemon texas sheet cake.

Lemon Texas Sheet Cake

Servings: 36 Servings
Author: Carlee
This lovely sheet cake is bursting with lemony citrus flavor. It is perfect for feeding a crowd. The batter is made in a saucepan just like the chocolate Texas sheet cake we all know and love. But this version is brighter and tastes so fresh. Make one and see for yourself!
4.60 from 57 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup minus 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


  • ½ cup butter
  • cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
Makes: 13 x 18inch rectangle1inch height



  • Grease a 13X18-inch jelly roll pan and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Stir until completely combined.
    2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 cups granulated sugar
  • In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and eggs.
    ½ cup sour cream, 2 large eggs
  • Place butter, water, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
    1 cup butter, 1 cup minus 2 Tablespoons water, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Add the hot butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir well. Stir in sour cream and egg mixture, and lemon extract until well combined. Pour into the prepared jelly roll pan.
    1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Bake at 350°F for 17-20 minutes or until it tests done. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes while you make the icing.


  • Place the butter and milk in a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixture just starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon extract.
    ½ cup butter, ⅓ cup milk, 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar, stirring the mixture until it reaches a good consistency for spreading.
    3 cups powdered sugar
  • After the cake has cooled for 20 minutes, spread the warm icing on the cake. Let cool completely on a wire rack.



Serving: 1pieceCalories: 184kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 132mgSugar: 20g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Tuesday 28th of May 2024

I want to try this but would love to add blueberries. Do you think adding fresh blueberries to the batter would work?


Tuesday 28th of May 2024

It should! You may want to coat them in a Tablespoon or two of flour first because this is a moist cake to start with and they will release some juice while baking.


Monday 20th of May 2024

i looovee butter! and this is a delicious recipe that brings out a tangy yet buttery flavor!


Tuesday 21st of May 2024

The perfect combination!


Saturday 18th of May 2024

Love this cake.


Sunday 19th of May 2024

Yay! It's a fun one for summer.


Sunday 5th of May 2024

Any tips for high altitude folks ? Would love to try this!


Monday 6th of May 2024

I don't have a lot of experience baking in high altitudes, but it looks like you would add an extra 1/2 cup of flour and reduce the sugar by a couple of tablespoons.


Wednesday 10th of April 2024

This is an awesome cake with just the right amount of lemon flavor. I liked it even more cold from the fridge.


Wednesday 10th of April 2024

Mmmm! Now I wish I had a piece of cold lemon cake for breakfast this morning!