June 13, 2012

Maple Texas Sheet Cake

Since Grammy's Sheet Cake is the most requested dessert in my house right now and has been for the last few months, I figured I would venture into trying other sheet cake recipes.  The blog where I found this one says it tastes like a maple bar and I love the flavor of maple bars.  

It turned out so moist and light and the texture is perfect.  I added chopped pecans to half and left the other half plain and I MUCH prefer it with the pecans.  It seemed pretty sweet to me without the pecans, so I highly recommend adding them to help cut all the sweetness.

If you have maple lovers in your family, I think this cake would be a hit.
Maple Texas Sheet Cake
adapted from: Singing with Birds 

3/4 c. butter
1 c. water
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 c. sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. maple extract

1 c. butter
6 Tbl. evaporated milk
4 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 - 1 tsp. maple extract, to taste
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Melt butter and water in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until butter is melted.  Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, flour, salt and baking soda.  Stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Add eggs, sour cream and maple extract and stir until blended.  Pour the batter into a well greased 11''x17'' sheet pan.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched or a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove cake from oven and allow to cool slightly while you make the icing.  Put the butter and milk into a medium saucepan.  Heat until butter is melted and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar, maple extract and salt.  Whisk until completely smooth.  Spread over cake and top with chopped nuts.

Jenn's Notes:  I used a lot less maple extract than the recipe called for, because I didn't want it to be overpowering and instead just wanted a light maple flavor.  I added 1/2 tsp. maple and 1 tsp. vanilla to the cake and I added 1/2 tsp. maple and 1/2 tsp. vanilla to the icing.  I let my cake cool completely before I added the icing.  


  1. Mmmmm, maple! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. Maple??? Yum, yum, yum! This looks amazing!

  3. With the maple and the nuts this must be simply wonderful.

  4. This looks great and good for entertaining!

  5. Thanks for sharing this at Weekend Potluck! Sounds DIVINE! Printing as we speak...
    Hugs, Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

  6. Ooh! I love maple! I bet this is delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  7. Found this featured on Six Sisters Stuff. Looks delicious!! Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

  8. Has anyone ever tried it with crumbled bacon on top instead? Sounds good to me at least.


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