Fudgy Vanilla Brownie

At first glance, this fudgy vanilla brownie doesn’t look so appetizing in the large pan it’s baked in. It’s actually called a white texas sheet cake, but I decided “cake” just doesn’t do this treat justice. Maybe it’s because I’m more of a brownie girl, but it tastes more like a brownie to me–a fudgy brownie.   There are 3 reasons I would normally pass on this dessert at first site:

  1. I’m not a big fan of cake in general
  2. I don’t care for plain vanilla stuff
  3. There are no nuts or chips or chunks in this–boring!

So. Not. Boring.

Fudgy Vanilla Brownie, also known as White Texas Sheet Cake, this recipe is AMAZING! #brownie #texassheetcake KristenDuke.com

In case you might have thought like me that it was a boring dessert, let me stop you there–this treat is far from ordinary. It makes such a giant pan, I had to instantly plate several slices, and rush them to my neighbors. Within minutes of my “runner” delivering them, I got texts from all 3 neighbors exclaiming the amazement they had experienced with their first bite.

So instead of “cake” I’m renaming my recipe because it’s more like a vanilla brownie. Fudgy and chewy and amazing.

Story time!  I was first introduced to this heavenly concoction when I helped at a  youth conference a month ago with food preparation. At the end of the evening we pulled out both chocolate and vanilla Texas sheet cakes (Texas because it’s so big?) and I didn’t give much thought into trying the dessert (because of the aforementioned 3 points above) but I looked again. Upon closer examination, I saw the fudgy moist-ness, and I thought I’d give it a try. 5 slices later (I am not kidding) I had to banish myself to another room. I’ve been day dreaming of making it ever since.

vanilla brownies

My friend Michelle has had the recipe for several years, and it calls for water to mix with the butter on the stove top, but my fabulous culinary friend, Juliet decided to use heavy whipping cream instead of water to give it an extra boost of yumminess!  (If you want the light version, go for the water, but it might not be as tasty). It also has almond extract in the cake and frosting, which I ADORE, but can be substituted for vanilla if there are allergies.

stovetop cake

Never had I made a cake or brownie over stove top. Am I missing something that others already knew about? As I added ingredients, it thickened, and my heart started palpitating.

jelly roll pan

I could tell it was going to be fudgy, like I love. It baked a quick 20 minutes–super easy to make! It’s great for big groups, too, you just can’t go wrong!  Here is the recipe:

4.9 from 11 reviews
Fudgy Vanilla Brownie
Recipe type: Dessert
This fudgy vanilla brownie is also called White Texas Sheet Cake, but I didn't think "cake" did it justice. It's amazing!
  • Cake/Brownie:
  • 2 C flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 C butter
  • ½ C sour cream
  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Frosting:
  • ½ C butter
  • ¼ C milk
  • ½ tsp almond extract (or more to taste)
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven 350
  2. Grease and flour jelly roll pan (15x10)
  3. In large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder; set aside
  4. In small sauce pan combine butter and heavy whipping cream
  5. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally
  6. Add flour mixture, stirring to combine.
  7. Stir in sour cream, eggs and almond extract, pour into pan
  8. Bake 22-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let Cool
  10. Make frosting
  11. Spread warm cake with butter frosting

Just a fun pic of the pan and my photo set up.

photo set up


White Texas Sheet Cake or Fudgy Vanilla Brownie, this recipe is amazing and so moist and delicious! #brownie #texassheetcake www.KristenDuke.com

Are you like me and generally steer clear of the plain? Give it a chance the next time you are feeding a crowd! If you can’t wait til then, make the neighbor plates ahead of time so you aren’t tempted to eat the whole thing!

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  1. dan pollard says:

    hello i’m from UK and was wondering what C stood for or the equivalent in ounces?

  2. I think these look and sound amazing!!

  3. Hi…I was wondering if you use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe. I see in the cake you are adding a little salt, so you can possibly use unsalted butter in that, but you don’t add salt to the frosting, so would unsalted still be okay to use?

  4. Melissa G says:

    How do you store these? I’m in Hawaii so it is warm and humid, refrigerator? Thanks!

  5. Leigh Spellman says:

    Do you think it would be fine to leave this cake out on the counter for a good 5 hours (for a potluck?) I wouldn’t have a way to refrigerate it because the pan is so big.

  6. Johnny2071 says:

    Sour cream? Won’t that ruin the taste?

  7. These sound good, I love almond extract! The name is confusing though because there is actually no vanilla in them.

  8. How do you make the frosting????

  9. Could I use regular milk instead of the heavy wiping cream? (Since the original recipe called for water, it would still be a step up right?) I just don’t have any and it’s too cold to go to the store, lol!

  10. Ragnhildur says:

    Isn’t it supposed to be vanilla extract instead of almond extract twice?

    Otherwise, this recipe sounds amazing :)

    Thank you.


  11. Hi Kristen.

    I made this recipe a few weeks ago and brought it to work (at a restaurant!). Everybody loved it. A few people asked me for the recipe and I glady gave them the link to your blog.

    Singe I live in Germany, not everybody has been able to read it. Therefore I put a German translation on my blog (with slightly modified measurements to fit German standard packaging of cream), but I still added your link to it as source of inspiration (see: http://ideenpiratin.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/vanille-blondies.html).

    I hope you are okay with that. Please let me know if you would like me to take it down again.

    Lots of love, Sylvia

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hi Sylvia, I’m so happy that everyone at worked loved it–yay! You’re sweet to ask, go ahead and keep it up in German on your site, thanks for the link back!

  12. Kathleen says:

    My recipe fpr White Texas Sheet Cake is identical to this recipe except it calls for 1tsp baking soda instead of 1tsp baking powder. Do you this that changes the results? I haven’t tried your version yet.

    • Kathleen says:

      Sorry…didn’t proof read this. Duh, I meant to ask you if you think the results will be different?


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