This cake is good to make a day ahead, and is very popular at pot-lucks.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Frosting:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup butter and water to a boil. Remove from heat, and stir in flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream, 1 teaspoon almond extract, salt, and baking soda until smooth. Pour batter into a greased 10x15-inch baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 22 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and tests done. Cool for 20 minutes.

  • Combine 1/2 cup butter and milk in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Mix in sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Stir in pecans. Spread frosting over warm cake.

Cook's Note:

Substitute margarine for butter if desired.

Nutrition Facts

344.2 calories; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 48.1g 16% DV; fat 16.7g 26% DV; cholesterol 48.3mg 16% DV; sodium 192.8mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2004
Everytime I make this cake for work I go home with an empty pan. However, I prefer to use cream cheese frosting. It goes very well with this cake. 1 package of cream cheese, 1 box of powdered sugar, 1 tbsp. butter and 1/2 tsp. almond extract Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/06/2004
Very flat, very terrible, bland, wet, just overall yuk. Before I bake every cake from scratch I always check out the ratings. I am a cake decorator and bake cakes from scratch. Its just too wet and flat to sell to my customers. If anyone out there has a better recipe please let me know. Thank you. Read More
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412 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 57
  • 3 star values: 24
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 17
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2004
Everytime I make this cake for work I go home with an empty pan. However, I prefer to use cream cheese frosting. It goes very well with this cake. 1 package of cream cheese, 1 box of powdered sugar, 1 tbsp. butter and 1/2 tsp. almond extract Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2007
When I found this recipe I was so excited! I love the chocolate version of Texas sheet cake and this one is just as great! I like to make one chocolate and one white for summer outdoor barbecues. If you've never made a Texas sheet cake before, you will doubt the odd preparation method and probably be concerned that there is no possibility that it will turn out when you see the runny batter, but don't worry!! It will be a moist, tender cake. Also, be SURE to use the 10 x 15 pan, NOT a 9 x 13 or it won't cook properly. It's *supposed* to be flat. I love the warm icing spread over the warm cake, no waiting for anything to cool! It makes a smooth, attractive cake surface too. Anybody I've ever served this to has been impressed by the flavor and moistness even if it's not fancy. But NOT for the timid sweet tooth! It's definitely sweet! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
First, let's be clear about what this is: It's a white sheet cake. I was reading some complaints about it being flavorless, but white cakes aren't supposed to taste like anything but sugar. If you want something else, try a spice cake. I've also seen complaints that it's falt, but it's a sheet cake. It's supposed to be flat. I'm giving this cake 5 stars because it is excellent at what it is -- a moist white cake and a vehicle for icing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2012
PAN SIZE IS ESSENTIAL!!! If you make this cake in a size other than indicated, you will have a failure. If you choose to do that, do NOT rate the recipe poorly. Texas sheet cakes are *supposed* to be flat, moist, dense, and sweet. If you try to make it be something it's not, you'll be disappointed (and that will not be the fault of the recipe). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2005
I've introduced my part of the world to Texas Sheet Cake and it was very well-received. Quick to prepare, moist, nice flavor. I've made it with both almond and vanilla extract, both times it went quickly. We did find it way too sweet so the 2nd time around I reduced the sugar in the cake to 1.5 cups and for the frosting used one third cup of butter and a bit less than 4 cups of confectioner's sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2012
I. LOVE. THIS. CAKE. I've always made the chocolate version of Texas sheet cakes and like others had no CLUE there was a white version, but Diane, YOU my new little friend are just the BEST! I discovered this recipe just recently and have already tried several variations, with great success with every modification I might add. My first go-round, I needed a white cake for Church, something basic to go under a white cream cheese frosting to decorate with black musical notes. Little hesitant with the almond so used half almond, half vanilla on the extracts. Everyone loved it, so that weekend when family came over for the Super Bowl I tried the recipe as written. Realizing "as written" could mean walnuts OR pecans, I opted for pecans and all almond extract. Rave reviews was an UNDERSTATEMENT! Made it several times since then too. (You'd like to think I have no other dessert recipes, lol!) Making it again tonight to be used as a dessert after our youth's Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser tomorrow. Will be trying sprinkles instead of nuts this time since it'll be mostly kids in attendance. I was actually asked to bring a "box cake" but why use a BOX when you have a recipe like THIS! It's quick, SO easy, versatile and quite adaptable. The best part is it's mostly ingredients you already have on hand. Not one single "con" I can think of...it's just the perfect cake just the way it's written here! Diane, thanks SO MUCH for sharing...needless to say, for me, this one's a KEEPER! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/06/2004
Very flat, very terrible, bland, wet, just overall yuk. Before I bake every cake from scratch I always check out the ratings. I am a cake decorator and bake cakes from scratch. Its just too wet and flat to sell to my customers. If anyone out there has a better recipe please let me know. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2004
It's been so long I've been looking for such a cake, not knowing a "white Texas sheet cake" existed. Wonderful the way it is, but I may "play" with different tastes and flavours, depending on the extract used (vanilla, orange, lemon, coconut, whatever). Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2003
This cake is a favorite at our house! I have a family that is not so wild about almond, so I make it for them with vanilla extract. I also omit the nuts per my kids' request. Read More
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