Making a Texas Layer Cake

If I had to pick my most favorite cake, it would be a toss up between my mom’s Texas Sheet cake and her carrot cake. When my birthday rolls around, I let her choose!  It is just too hard for me to decide between the two.

Most people are familiar with the Texas Sheet cake. Every baker around has a subtle variation of this classic. I’ve tried several recipes and surprise (!) my favorite is still my Mom’s.  Though delicious, it isn’t a cake to win a beauty contest. I decided to change that by offering a layer cake version of my childhood favorite.

The trick to making a Texas Layer cake is PATIENCE! You need to be slow or this will be a VERY ugly cake. Trust me, I’m a very impatient person and have learned this from experience. Fortunately, my family is always happy to eat any mistake cakes that come their way.

  • First, use the traditional Texas Sheet cake recipe, following the directions for the layer cake version. Allow to cool in the pans. This keeps the moisture in the cake.
  • To have the proper frosting to cake ratio, you’ll want to split one of your layers into two. Invert the first cake onto your serving plate and use a serrated knife to slice the cake into two layers. *This is easier if you work with a very cool cake. I like to place my cake in the freezer to cool before turning it out and splitting.
  • Make the filling. Use 1/2 recipe of the Texas Sheet cake frosting. Allow this frosting to cool slightly. Gently spread 1/2 of the frosting onto your first layer. Top with the un-split layer. Then, spread with the remaining frosting and finish by topping with the other split layer. Chill in the fridge while you make the outer frosting.
  • Now it is time to make the cake beautiful. For this cake I used fudge frosting, but you may use any frosting you like! Make your frosting, crumb coat and decorate the cake. Voila: a delicious Texas Layer cake ready to enter a beauty contest!
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3 Responses to Making a Texas Layer Cake

  1. by Nikki on January 20, 2011, 2:26 pm

    This cake is beautiful! Perfectly frosted :)

  2. by Cakewhiz on January 20, 2011, 11:58 pm

    Yummmm! What a chocolatey cake. I love the way you decorated it with oink flowers in that bottom picture.

  3. by Cakewhiz on January 20, 2011, 11:59 pm

    *pink

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