Texas Sheet Cake with Applesauce and Chai

I love Texas sheet cake! Chocolate, white...it doesn't matter. But they all have so much butter. I tried to lighten up an excellent white Texas sheet cake recipe I found on this site by using applesauce in place of some (but not all!) of the butter. To complement the flavor of apples, I also used chai spices for a little added flavor.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 10x15-inch cake


  • nonstick cooking spray


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 chai tea bag

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup light sour cream

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • ½ cup butter

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 4 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a 10x15-inch cake pan thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Bring water to a boil in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave oven or in a pot on the stovetop. Remove from heat and add chai tea bag. Let steep for 10 minutes; remove bag.

  3. Combine chai tea, applesauce, and butter in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add flour, sugar, sour cream, eggs, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt and whisk until smooth. Pour batter evenly into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes.

  5. Remove cake from the oven.

  6. Combine butter and milk in a large saucepan. Bring to a light boil and remove from heat. Add confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; whisk icing until smooth.

  7. Pour icing over warm cake and smooth across the surface. Let cool thoroughly before cutting into 24 pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

271 Calories
9g Fat
47g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 271
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 35mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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