Fudgy Vanilla Brownie

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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.

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  1. One of the girls I work with has Wilson’s Disease so she can’t eat chocolate. She was diagnosed in February and since then she has been chocolate free. Lately, she’s been having a rough time and I wanted to surprise her with something totally vanilla! I’ve been trying to find the perfect Vanilla Brownie recipe forever and I can’t wait to try this out! It looks so good and I know she’ll be surprised! Thanks for sharing it! ♥

  2. interesting, these look tasty, but there is no vanilla in it

  3. You had me at “brownie”!!! I like every part of this idea!

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  5. dan pollard says:

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

  6. I think these look and sound amazing!!

  7. 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?

  8. Melissa G says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. Johnny2071 says:

    Sour cream? Won’t that ruin the taste?

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. Ragnhildur says:

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

    Otherwise, this recipe sounds amazing 🙂

    Thank you.


  15. 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!

  16. 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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