Lemon Texas Sheet Cake

The scent of lemon is in the air with this cake. It won’t make you pucker up but, it will be the perfect end to a meal!

At last, winter is over and it’s time to pull out the spring recipes! This one is just in time for Easter if you are looking for a delicious dessert.

Lemon Texas Cake puts a great spring twist on the conventional chocolate cake, Texas Sheet Cake.  I’m sure most of you are familiar with that cake but this lemon cake is just what we need this time of year as it starts to warm up a little!  It is a thin flat cake that can be put together quickly and baked quickly. 

I’m not sure how I came upon this recipe but like it just for the love of fruity cakes.  This cake is filled with lemon love in every single bite!  I love lemon flavored desserts and this one uses natural lemon juice.  None of the bottled stuff goes into this cake and it has even extra zing because of the grated lemon rind and lemon flavoring, topped with a great lemon frosting. 

Lemon Texas Sheet Cake


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoons salt
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup sour cream
1 cup butter
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (not the bottled stuff)
1 tablespoon lemon extract


Combine first 6 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until blended.
Combine butter and next 4 ingredients in medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil.
Add to flour mixture, stirring well.
Pour into greased and floured 15-by-10-by-1-inch jellyroll pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Be careful not to overbake!
Cool in pan on wire rack.

Lemon Frosting


2 (8-ounces) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter
4 cups confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice


With an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and butter until creamy and fluffy.
Gradually beat in sugar, then remaining ingredients.
Spread frosting on cake, if not spreading consistency, refrigerate for 30 minutes or so.
Garnish each serving of cake with a sprig of fresh mint and/or a small piece of lemon peel, if desired.
Makes 24 servings.

Lemon Texas Cake is for big-time lemon lovers!


  1. Sounds wonderful and I love lemon!


  2. Pam, this looks great! So funny because I was faced with a bowl of lemons yesterday that I had to use up and so I made the obvious...lemonade...wish I would've seen this instead! Next time!

  3. It's not very spring like here today, but the lemon sounds great and even better I actually have all these ingredients on hand to make the cake this weekend. I bet you are planning a great Easter dinner.

  4. I love lemon cake and you just handed me a great recipe; this is a keeper; thanks.

  5. This looks wonderful...this seems like a lemon version of the chocolate Texas sheetcake that I love. Yummy! Joni

  6. Fruity desserts are the best and definitely a great way to celebrate teh beginning of spring! I may just have to make this for Easter...but then I would have to share.

  7. This looks delicious. I love the flavor of lemon. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. MMmmmmmm...I can smell the lemon!;) It sounds so good and light and spring-like!!

  9. Pam, it's zesty for sure!

    A LA GRAHAM, you'll just have to go buy more lemons! ;)

    midwesttomidlands, it's finally warming up here and I hope it will be by you soon! I just took a mile walk, great day! I am planning on a large Easter dinner and hope it's good. Here's wishing you a wonderful Easter!

    Sage, great! It's really good and nice too that it's easy to make!

    Red Couch Recipes, it is a version of Texas Sheet Cake. Guess all things good come from Texas. I know it gets hot there!!!

    Joanne, I also love the fruity desserts for spring after a long snowy winter! You could always bake 2 cakes so there would be enough for sharing! ;)

    Julie, thanks! I'm glad you like it! Here's hoping you try it and like it!

    Holly, I'm thrilled you can smell it through the internet! Now, if we could just only sample everything! Here's to spring!

  10. Okay.....YUM!!!
    perfect for Easter.

  11. What a happy, fresh sounding cake for Easter. Of course, you had me at the Texas part...

  12. corgidogmama, Grrrrrrrrreat! Thanks!

  13. Debbie, yes! Here's wishing you a great Easter!

    Miss Meat and Potatoes, it is. You live in New York, are you from Texas? I love it there and want to go back and visit.

  14. Yum, I love lemony desserts. Hmm maybe I'll make this my Easter dessert!

    Also, that photo of the lemons in water makes me want a big glass of lemonade... Or at least water with lemon in it :)


  15. Hmm...I love lemon fragrant in the cake. Sweet smelling.

  16. I love lemon anything it's second to chocolate. yummmmmmmm

  17. Awesome recipe n wonderful snaps!!!
    i love lemon anything.so tnx a lot Pam

  18. I can smell the lemons-lemon cake is one of my favorites.

  19. We Are Not Martha, thanks! It would be great for Easter! Yes, I like that photo of the lemons also. It looks very refreshing to me!

    Little Inbox, yes! It's just a sweet little dessert!

    Karen Deborah, I know what you mean. I might even go for the lemon first in some cases.

    sangi, I'm so glad you're another lemon lover. Thanks for the visit!

    Esme, me too! It's lighter and refreshing now that spring is here. Thanks!

  20. Well, now Miss Pam, I've found my Easter dessert. My whole family loves lemons and I had considered making either lemon bars or a lemon ice box pie Sunday until I read your blog. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy Easter.

  21. What a perfect cake for Spring! And who doesn't love the smell of lemons.

  22. Oh Pam! This looks so wonderful! Really. I am a huge lemon lover so this recipe is right up my alley!

  23. Pam thanks for visiting my blog! This lemon cake sounds super Yummy! love your blog, I will be back to cruise more tasty recipes!

  24. I am not a big fan of lemon but I have a feeling that might change with this cake.

  25. This makes a nice big cake - just right for company!

  26. I love, love, love lemon - the more intense and tart the better. This looks wonderful

  27. I love lemon cake and your recipe is wonderful, I especially like the sour cream element, to make a very moist cake.

  28. Tavern on the Concho, great for your trying this. Let me know how it is. We all love lemon bars too!

    Kristen Doyle, you are right on spot with that!

    Danielle, love the fresh taste of that lemon thing going on!

    symphonious sweets, great name! Thanks and I hope you return soon as I will to yours!

    Sweet and Savory, I kind of was like that way back when mom would bake lemon meringue pies and changed after sampling other lemon goodies.

    Karen, lots of servings and easy to slice and serve!

    katiez, great! You are like my hubby, anything with lemon and more lemon always works!

    Margaret, thank you! It is a moist cake and so easy to make!

  29. Thanks for the recipe! I added extra lemon juice to the cake and the frosting to make them more lemony! The frosting recipe is enough for 2 cakes so next time I will cut it in half.


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