White Texas Almond Sheet Cake

Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins

White Texas Almond Sheet Cake! The entire cake only takes 30 minutes!

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This White Texas Almond Sheet Cake…whoa. It’s a whole pound of butter between the icing and the cake. Seriously – an entire pound of butter. It’s so moist and buttery that I haven’t found a single person who isn’t obsessed with it.

This cake only takes 30 MINUTES to make from start to finish, including frosting. I love any recipe that takes 30 minutes or less, but especially one that makes an a whole cake in that little time.

If you are dieting, close your eyes and run away. Really fast.

White Texas Almond Sheet Cake! The entire cake only takes 30 minutes!

Ohhh good. You are still here. I knew you were my kind of people. Cake loving people.

This cake has been made 5 times in the last month. 3 times by me and twice by friends who fell instantly in love with it. It is so well loved, that I only got a photo of it on the third time I made it!

White Texas Almond Sheet Cake! The entire cake only takes 30 minutes!

The base is a buttery, moist cake that is flavored with vanilla, almond…and um, more butter. Then the buttery (yes, seriously, more butter) icing is poured on the cake while it is still hot from the oven. The icing sinks into the cake a little and the top crackles a little when you cut into it. It’s pure sweet cake perfection.

This cake is the best dessert I have made in a long time. I am not proud to say that my family of four plowed through half of it in just one day! Make this right now — seriously, what are you waiting for? It only takes 30 minutes!

P.S. If you aren’t into almond, just double the vanilla instead. Also, I have this awesome heavy duty 13 X 18 sheet pan that I make all my sheet cakes in (I also use it to bake all my cookies on since it’s huge). It’s a worthwhile investment!

Yield: 1 large sheet cake

White Texas Almond Sheet Cake

White Texas Almond Sheet Cake served on a white plate with a fork - remaining cake shown in the background
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • sliced almonds, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13 x 18 jelly roll pan with butter or spray with Baker’s Joy.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, water, sour cream and sugar. Whisk in eggs, vanilla extract and almond extract. Then whisk in flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Pour batter into prepared jelly roll pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Once cake is baked, whisk together melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract and powered sugar – until smooth. Pour on top of hot cake and spread icing out to the edges. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  5. If stored in an airtight container, this cake is good for up to one week…but I promise it won’t last that long!

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73 Responses
  1. Valerie

    I made this cake today ‘almost’ exactly according to directions– I used 2/3 a teaspoon of almond extract in the cake, and vanilla only (extra tsp) in the frosting. It was plenty rich and almond-y for us with this amount. Yes, it’s buttery and sweet and very moist, which is why it’s so delicious. I even bought a basic half sheet pan at Bed, Bath and Beyond for it today. This cake will absolutely join my repertoire of favorite desserts for family and special occasions! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Pam

    I have made this cake several times, but omit the almond extract and almonds due to family member’s nut allergy. It is always a hit!

  3. Becky

    I don’t have a 13×18. Can I make this in a 10×15 and just use a little less of the batter? I like it being a sheet cake so I’m hesitating in using a 9×13. 

    1. Jessica

      Hi Becky! Yes you can, but it will be thicker and need a longer baking time. If you want it to be thinner, you will need to use two smaller pans if you do not have the 10×15. Hope this helps!

  4. Jan

    I was asked to make a white cake with white frosting for a birthday party. I have many cake recipes in my “book”, but not a white cake with white frosting. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and gave it a try. Results? An amazingly moist and easy cake, rave reviews, and many requests for the recipe. Thank you! It is definitely a keeper.

  5. Meg

    I have made this recipe at least 10 times, soooo delicious and easy! I make it into cupcakes so it’s easier to eat at potlucks and picnics-people just love them! 

    1. Jessica

      Hi Christine! Just make sure it’s 13 x 18 in size and has at least an inch deep sides. Or you can also bake it in a 9 x 13 baking pan and just bake it a little longer! 🙂

  6. Joyce

    Hands down this was the best tasting cake I have ever had!! The frosting everything perfection now I’m definitely going to have to look into your other recipes thank you so much

  7. Nicole D.

    Hi! I love your cake! But!… I plan on making a second one to take both to a family reunion tomorrow. After getting a taste of the first one, I was thinking.. That’s alot of butter in the frosting. It seemed too greasy. I looked up other White Texas Sheet cake recipes. Instead of two sticks of butter in frosting, they use 1 stick. Just a thought.

  8. Theresa

    This cake is absolutely Yummy !!!  I didn’t have milk and substituted with evaporated milk and it even gave the icing a richer taste.  Made it 3 times in one week. 

  9. Mari

    My cake turned out beautiful. My husband loved it and he`ll have to eat the whole cake himself! I found it to be overly moist for my liking. (It`s a texture thing I have) . And seeing that melted 1 (lb) butter as I was making it made me cringe. Sorry.

  10. Sheila

    Do you think this would work as cup cakes? I love this cake and want to make it for my
    Sons wedding , wondering how it would be to bake in 9×9 pans and layer? 

    1. Jessica

      Hi Shelia! 

      I have thought about this for a couple of days since I saw your email and I can’t figure out how to make them as cupcakes. But they would be cute baked and cut into individual squares and served in little paper cups! 

  11. April

    This is a really delicious and moist cake! I made a few adjustments to the ingredients though- I had no sour cream so I used buttermilk instead. And whilst getting my ingredients together I realized i had no granulated sugar so I ended up using brown. I also added a teaspoon of baking powder. However, the frosting was a hit with the melted butter and almonds! Yummy! This white cake recipe has made a huge impression on my tastebuds because I’m a chocolate and more chocolate kind of gal.

  12. Meg

    These were amazing! They are quick and easy to prepare as promised. I made them for a party at work and have had many requests for the recipe! Thanks!

  13. Paddy

    I made this cake for a retirement party. I ran out of almond extract. So I used coconut extract instead. So yummy! Now I have requests for more. Thanks for this beautiful cake idea.

  14. Amanda

    Oh my–cake 1 didn’t turn out….no set up of the cake what so ever….gonna try it again.   There’s a conflict in ingredients listed here and on Pinterest.  But the icing is the bomb 

    1. Jessica

      Hi Amanda – oh no – sorry to hear that! I can’t control what pinterest shows or what people enter for the ingredients, so make sure and follow the recipe as shown here! 

  15. fudgewomunn

    This cake is EXTREMELY GOOD with a sliced strawberry topping on top! It was fantastic before, but try it with berries on top! WOW!!!

  16. Mary

    Jessica, this is  making my mouth water! I’m having a birthday party for 25 adults. How many people will this cake feed? Thank you. 

    1. Jessica

      Hi Mary! It does make a large cake, but if all 25 people were really going to eat a good size slice of cake, I would probably make two cakes. Hope this helps!

  17. Patricia Thompson

    Just made this, and the frosting was a little thin…Don’t know what I did? I tasted the frosting it was good. Followed the recipe. Taking to a picnic so hopefully will be delish…

    1. Jessica

      It looks thin when it’s made because the butter is melted but it will firm up when left to cool! Hope you enjoyed it at the picnic!

    1. Jessica

      You can try substituting it for something like plain greek yogurt, but otherwise I would keep it! It gives the cake the perfect texture.

    1. Jessica

      Hi Heidi, I’m sorry I have not tired it and do not have a lot of experience with coconut oil in baking. If you try it, please let us all know how it works out!

  18. Denise

    This recipe is awesome! It will be my new “go to” recipe. The only thing I changed was adding more almond flavoring to the frosting because I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Marcy

    I made this is a 9×13 pan and it turned out amazing! I left the icing amount as is so it turned out more like a true frosting…which is what I wanted anyway. I love that this uses melted butter and I have all these ingredients on me all the time. Anyone tried it with other extracts (lemon? maple?)…I bet it would be great! Thanks for the great addition to my regular rotation of baked goods!!

    1. Stephanie

      Tonight I did the cake as is, but used strawberry extract in the icing – 1 tsp strawberry and 1/2 tsp cleat vanilla to preserve the pink color. It’s fantastic!!!

  20. Mindy

    The ingredient list is posted but not the instructions.  So no idea how much of what goes in the cake and the frosting.

  21. Lecia Forte

    Hello can this cake be baked in other types of pans? 8″ rounds or squares? I don’t own a jelly roll pan. Thank you it sounds delicious.

    1. Jessica

      Hi Lecia! Since it’s a thin cake, you could bake it in a 9×13 cake pan and let it bake a little longer than the directions say. I would check it with a toothpick to see when it’s done!

  22. Rachel M

    Just made this cake, and while it is delicious, you may want to include the height of your jelly roll pan in the instructions. Apparently mine must be shorter, because my cake ended up as an unseemly mess in my oven, and all the icing slid off when I iced it hot as the instructions said to.

    1. Jessica

      The cake itself is very yellow and the icing on top is more white from all the powdered sugar. I hope you make it and enjoy it as much as we do!

  23. Laura

    The cake turned out delicious and moist, but keep a close eye on it. It was almost over-baked in fifteen minutes. The next time I make it I will not put the frosting on until the cake is almost cool. My frosting melted into the hot cake and did not look like the picture. I put multi-colored sanding sugar on top. It was pretty and gave a nice textural component.

    Thank you for this recipe!

    1. Jessica

      Glad you liked it Laura! I always pour my icing on directly after baking. It melts at first, but then as the cake and icing cool, it should go back from translucent to looking white like in the picture. I do this because the icing does sink into the cake a little and makes it almost like the icing is one with the cake!

      Love the idea of the multi-colored sugar to add some sparkle! 😉

  24. Vivian A

    My boyfriend’s grandmother made this cake and I’ve been looking for a recipe that included almond flavoring, since that’s the best part IMO… and this is it!! I didn’t believe her at first when she said she used a whole box of butter, but now I do. Do I regret eating a quarter of the cake for dinner? No. Way.

  25. GeriSalat

    I have been waiting for the right time to bake this delicious cake. I believe I can mentally taste it and I love it! So happy to have this recipe.

  26. Leah

    AMAZING! No seriously, best cake I have EVER made. My entire family lost their minds over this one!! Please please please come up with other flavors!

  27. Ginny

    This looks beautiful. (And I have that same USA pan. I love all my USA pans, in fact. They make everything come out perfectly.)

  28. Shelley Lewis

    I just made this tonight. I used my mixer with whisk attachment for the cake part then whisked the icing by hand. It came out beautifully and was delicious!

  29. sylvia richardson

    Recipe states ‘whisk’ together: Does that mean, whisk by hand? or are you
    doing in a mixer with a whisk attachment? I’d like to make this cake, please reply. Tweek your recipe to state that fact. It may help someone else. Thank you.

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