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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 with banana, peanut butter and 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 a white Texas sheet cake and a chocolate peanut butter 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!

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Yield: 36 Servings

Lemon Texas Sheet Cake

Showing soft moist texture of lemon texas sheet cake.

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!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup minus 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon rind
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons lemon extract

Icing

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

Instructions

Cake

  1. Grease a 13X18-inch jelly roll pan and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Stir until completely combined.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and eggs.
  4. Place butter, water, lemon rind, lemon juice in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the hot butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir well. Pour into the prepared jelly roll pan.
  6. 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.


Icing

  1. Combine 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.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, stirring the mixture until it reaches a good consistency for spreading.
  3. After the cake has cooled for 20 minutes, spread the warm icing on the cake. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

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

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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!

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Melissa @ Melclaire

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

I love Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake and this one looks just as delicious! PINNED-Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy this week!

Carlee

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

I grew up on chocolate Texas sheet cake and my grandma's house so it is full of fond memories for me, but it is fun to switch it up every once in a while!

Amy (Savory Moments)

Monday 25th of September 2017

I wondered about Texas sheet cakes before and your Mimi's rules work for me! I really enjoy lemon baked goods and this cake looks delicious!

Carlee

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

What MiMi says goes! ;-) Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Friday 22nd of September 2017

I had always wondered what made the "Texas" part of the sheet cake! Thanks for clearing that up! I have to try your recipe. Lemon 3 ways has me so intrigued!

Carlee

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

Ha! Good, it's best if you keep it that way ;-)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Saturday 23rd of September 2017

I would never argue, and it works for me!

Carlee

Saturday 23rd of September 2017

Well now you know MiMi's rules anyway!

Debbie

Thursday 21st of September 2017

Hi Carlee, MiMi sounds like a lady who knows what a sheetcake is and no one will argue. For me any lemon or chocolate flavoured cakes will always be enjoyed, and with a frosting to match I'm in 7th heaven.... I won't knock the banana, peanut butter and bacon cake until I've tried it. It does sound interesting!

xx

Carlee

Saturday 23rd of September 2017

I'm with you, I'm always ready for chocolate or lemon cake. Though I am usually willing to try any cake that makes its way to my plate!

Amy

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

To tell you the truth, a lemon sheetcake sounds better to me than a chocolate sheetcake. This looks sooo good!

Carlee

Saturday 23rd of September 2017

It really is pretty darn good! Thank you!

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