Friday Favorite – Texas Almond Sheet Cake

Before I share this week’s Friday Favorite I wanted to show you a few fun ideas I used at the graduation party for Cali and Hannah  we hosted last Saturday.

My friend Sherra shared these ideas with me after she attended a graduation party of a neighbor.  They are so cute and they got rave reviews at our party.

Aren’t these the cutest little graduation caps?  They are made from chocolate covered graham crackers and mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.  For directions visit Sherra’s blog.  I used red and blue M & M’s since those are our school colors. I also used red and blue Fruit by the Foot for the tassels.

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Here is the other fun idea we used.  I cut the school’s initials out of Styrofoam, frosted them and then covered them with coconut.  We then used the letters to hold the fruit kabobs we made.  Caution:  The frosted Styrofoam may be mistaken for actual cake and people may attempt to eat it!

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Everyone loved it and several of the parents asked to borrow the letters for their grad parties so they are making the rounds!

The Friday Favorite recipe is one of the cakes I served at the Grad Party.  This recipe was given to me by one of my direct sales team members – Cathy.  Every time I have made this cake it has gotten great reviews -and I’ve made it lots! So thank you Cathy!!  At the party on Saturday I must have had 10 people comment on how delicious it was.

It is so simple and easy to make and it is a great alternative to the traditional chocolate Texas Sheet Cake and of course I love the almond flavor!  It is made in a large jelly roll pan so it makes a lot.  There are actually no nuts in the cake – the nuts in the picture were just for decoration.

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Friday Favorite – Texas Almond Sheet Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp. almond extract - not imitation
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Frosting;
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk (heaviest)

Instructions

  • Place butter and water in saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Let cool a bit
  • In another bowl combine: flour, sugar
  • In another bowl add together: beaten eggs, light sour cream, almond extract - not imitation, salt, baking soda
  • Spray jelly roll pan with cooking spray, bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes just until lightly brown
  • Let cool 30 minutes
  • Frosting:
  • Combine and bring to boil: butter and milk (heaviest)
  • Then add 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1 tsp. almond extract
  • Frost cake and eat!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Leigh Ann, Oh all the fun goodies…they look so great and yummy! We are having Annelise’s party at the end of June. She does not graduate until June 18. It is always so late out here.

    I LOVE those little caps and will be “copying” you. The Texas sheet cake is something Annelise told me should would like. She is not a chocolate cake girl, but likes almond anything.

    All right…have fun with all your festivities and hope to hear from you soon.

    XOXO

  2. says

    Rhonda »

    You just have one party after another at your house! Congrats to your graduate! Hope Annelise loves the cake – it is a good one. Happy party!

  3. Patty says

    I made your Texas Almond Sheet Cake, and it is absolutely DELICIOUS! Of course, anything containing a POUND of butter has got to be yummy, right?

    Thanks for the great recipe.

  4. cakes n pies 1 says

    Just wanted to know if the texas sheet cake would be suitable for making layered carved cakes? Just wondering if you have ever tried or know of someone else who has..

    Thanks so much,
    S. Raia

  5. Debbie Caraballo says

    Hi, I have a question for you on this recipe – what do you mean by milk (heaviest)? I’ve never seen this term before! I’ve made many, many Texas sheet cakes, and always use the evaporated milk for the frosting, but was just curious about what you use!

    Thanks, Deb

    • says

      That does sound a bit strange doesn’t it!? By heavy I mean whipping cream or half and half. Something other than regular milk. Evaporated milk would work just fine too.

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