Monday, July 20, 2009

White Texas Sheet Cake

Posted by Lori:
Most everyone has eaten the very popular chocolate sheet cake made with buttermilk. About 20 years ago, I tasted a white sheet cake at a church dinner. It was so good!I asked if the lady would share the recipe, which she did.

I forgot about that recipe for many years, but re-discovered it several years ago. I make it quite often now and although all ages/people like it, it seems to be most popular amoung women. (Note: I don't know why it's called "Texas", but I like Texas, so I'll keep that name for it!) Each spring I host the church ladies at my home for a ladies salad supper. This cake is always the dessert I choose to serve.

1 cup butter (margarine can be used, but it's not as rich)
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 t. almond extract
1 t. baking soda

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup chopped pecans, if desired

In 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 and baking soda until smooth. Pour batter into a greased jelly roll pan (10x15x1). Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes, or until cake tests done with toothpick. (I like for the toothpick to still have a few crumbs on it - not be totally clean - so that it's really moist.) Cool for at 20 minutes.

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

I don't care for nuts in my icing, so I don't ever use them - but maybe you do. I've seen the cake made with almonds and walnuts, as well as the pecans I've listed.

One interesting thing I've noticed about this cake. If it's at a potluck, it most likely won't get chosen because it's not eye-catching. The last few times I've made it, I've tinted the icing a really light pink and it's a lot more popular! I think it's just more eye appealing being a color instead of just a creamy white. So, it could be tinted other colors, too, according to your preferences.

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1 comment:

Connie from Beverly Hills California said...

This is a wonderful cake. I do the chcolate version also. Had a great visit. Stop by when you can. Connie

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