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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

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 9 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

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. Vanilla Brownies!! These look awesome. I have never seen a vanilla brownie.
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  2. Hmmm…. I admit I am skeptical due to the reasons you listed above. I may have to try this though for my next big family gathering. I love the idea of fudgy, and frosting is always good in my book.

  3. Lisa Burdette says:

    Perfect timing to find this yummy looking recipe pinned! We are attending a going away dinner tomorrow evening and I signed up for desserts! I’m definitely making this as it looks like something adults and the kiddos will enjoy alike! THANKS!

  4. Jacqueline says:

    I’ve seen Texas Sheet Cake recipes before, but never clicked on them since I figured I didn’t need a sheet cake recipe. But this sounds worth trying!

  5. I am craving one already!
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  6. Patricia Taylor says:

    What an unusual recipe. I have seen Texas sheet cake recipes before but I don’t recall directions like this. I will definitely be making this for my husband to take to work and share with his co-workers.

  7. These look SO GOOD. I have put a couple things on teh grocery list and I can’t wait to make these :)

    Also, I love your photo set up! In the picture with the table I noticed your background and everything and its awesome. I would love a post about photo set ups :)
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  8. I’m not usually into vanilla flavored things, but you’ve talked it up, Kristen! I might just take the plunge!

  9. Heather says:

    Yay! I have been looking for this kind of vanilla brownie for ages. The blonde brownie is what I have seen people call them. I have 2 family members that turn their nose up at chocolate and this sounds a dream for them, including vanilla flavor instead of almond. I’m thinking of putting pretty sprinkles on top to give it a little color too.

    So excited to make it now!

  10. Marissa says:

    This was soooooo good. Exceeded 5 stars.

  11. These look SO good Kristen!!
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  12. I have to try this recipe! YUM!
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  13. Vanilla brownies sounds really intriguing. I know they would be a hit with my husband who tends to prefer vanilla over chocolate desserts.

  14. I am totally a vanilla girl, and the thought of vanilla brownies just makes me happy! Thanks so much for sharing Kristen! Definitely on my to-do list : )
    xoxo Liz
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  15. I’m a vanilla girl, so these are totally speaking to me!
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  16. Ooooooh, I’ve never had vanilla brownies before, but they sound right up my alley! I bet it’s the heavy cream that makes them more brownie like than cake like. But who cares, as long as they taste good!
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  17. This is so cool! Love the idea of a vanilla brownie!

  18. Jonneke says:

    Looks delicious! I’ll probably be trying this soon!

    One question, though: where’s the vanilla in this vanilla cake? I don’t see it among the ingredients…

    • Kristen Duke says:

      ha! Well, I guess I thought vanilla sounded better than “white” I actually will substitute the almond extract for vanilla extract for a more mild taste.

      • Jonneke says:

        I bet the cake is delicious with the almond extract too! I was just wondering, ’cause I’m a bit of a vanilla fanatic ;)

  19. You had me at fudgy vanilla brownie! ;)

  20. How do you make the frosting?

    • I let my butter soften, then put it in a mixer with the milk and the extract…let it get mixed up good, then add the powdered sugar little at a time. Turned out perfect.

  21. Oh wow, this looks absolutely amazing! Bookmarking this – will HAVE to make it soon! :)
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  22. Oh, my word! This looks incredibly delicious. It’s on my menu for Memorial Day!
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  23. Given the choice between plain and jazzed up, I will always go jazzed up. But you have me totally convinced that these are worth the try!!!
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  24. I’m not a cake eater either but I am so going to try this! Not to mention I actually have a friend who doesn’t eat chocolate so this may be good to share with her :-)
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  25. These look amazing Kristen! I can’t wait to try this recipe!
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  26. I have never been a huge brownie fan because I prefer white chocolate so these would be perfect for me!!

  27. Elizabeth J says:

    SO GOOD!! I just made these for a party. I can totally understand you eating multiple pieces, mmmmmmmm. I used vanilla in the cake and almond extract in the frosting. Amazingly fudgy. I pinned it and highly recommended it!!

  28. Oh man, Kristen! These look incredible. Love that they have almond extract…woohoo!! My fave!

  29. Beckie Manning says:

    I am not seeing a recipe for the frosting?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      The frosting recipe is kindof hidden. The ingredients are just under the others (frosting has a “dot” by it, I wish I could change that) and you just mix all of those together.

  30. Joanna S. says:

    I made three of these to take to a church choir gathering yesterday and EVERYONE love them! I got SO many compliments and requests to take some home. Thanks for the recipe! It’s definitely a keeper! :)

  31. Two Yums ( thumbs) Up. Hopping over from the scoop xo
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  32. Wow, this looks amazing! My husband’s family has a Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe that’s pretty good, but I’ve never tried a vanilla version. Can’t wait…pinned!
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  33. looks yummy going to try to make it.
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  34. These ARE totally yummy! I ate some tonight that Kristen made and have to make them myself. They rival the chocolate version of Texas sheet cake!

  35. Can this be made 1 day in advance and still taste delicious?

  36. These look super yummy, Kristen!
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  37. I think i might be gluten sensitive…but this looks SO worth it!
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  38. Will this work in a Pyrex 9×13?

  39. Merilee says:

    Have made these twice now–the 2nd time was for my son’s 18th birthday party. When he tasted them the 1st time, he said “You know what would make these awesome? Fresh fruit on top.” So for his party, we sliced strawberries & put them on each piece. The 2nd time I also tried all vanilla instead of almond extract, and liked them even more than the first time. Heavenly!!! Raspberries, blueberries…oh, the possibilities! :)

  40. Merilee says:

    Have made these twice now–the 2nd time was for my son’s 18th birthday party. When he tasted them the 1st time, he said “You know what would make these awesome? Fresh fruit on top.” So for his party, we sliced strawberries & put them on each piece. The 2nd time I also tried all vanilla instead of almond extract, and liked them even more than the first time. Yum!!! Raspberries, blueberries…oh, the possibilities! :)

  41. Jes Velez says:

    These came out amazing!!! I made them for fourth of July yesterday and everyone loved them.! I pinned it of course and thank you so much for sharing this simple and awesome recipe!

  42. Kathryn says:

    I made these for my YW and they LOVED them. I added a couple drops of wild orange oil to the frosting and it was AMAZING. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe!

  43. Why are the cookies out on the table? Just curious. :)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      ha! I was photographing several recipes at once. Go to my recipes page and you’ll see those cookies made with Wilton mint chips;)

  44. I only have a 13×9 what changes to time and temp to make then in this size.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Do you have two 13×9′s? I’d either cook it in two, if you don’t have it, hold the batter and when the first is cooled, cook the other. OR, you’d have to increase the time quite a bit for the thicker batter in the smaller pan.

  45. How long did you let them cool? Also will frosting harden a little? Im makeing it now just pulled it out of the oven.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Agh, the pressure!!! I’d let it cool to room temperature so the frosting won’t melt and be runny. Yes, the frosting stiffens a little

  46. Did I overlook, where’s the fudge and vanilla in this recipe? I think this is similar to what is called “wedding cake,” prepared in a sheet pan.

  47. 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! ♥

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

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

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