Low carb Texas Sheet Cake

Chocolatey and so decadent! A taste of Texas tradition using low carb ingredients for a moist and decadent cake at only 6g of carbs per serving.
Chocolatey and so decadent! A taste of Texas tradition using low carb ingredients for a moist and decadent cake at only 6g of carbs per serving.
Chocolatey and so decadent! A taste of Texas tradition using low carb ingredients for a moist and decadent cake at only 6g of carbs per serving.
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Low carb Texas Sheet Cake

Chocolatey and so decadent! A taste of Texas tradition using low carb ingredients for a moist and decadent cake at only 6g of carbs per serving.

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If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know that I was born in Connecticut, but raised in the Houston, Texas suburbs for my entire life.

I consider myself a Texan, although I’m not natively Texan. 

You’ll find me with boots on at the rodeo, elbows deep in bbq and flying my Texas flag. 

Texas Sheet Cake is one of those recipes that shows up for a big crowd – even when no one has asked for it.

It’s rich, chocolate flavor, and tiny portions make it a great dessert. It’s also incredibly easy to make! 

What is Texas Sheet Cake?

Texas Sheet cake shot from above

Texas sheet cake is a chocolate cake, baked on a sheet pan, with a goopy, buttery stovetop cooked frosting. It’s typically topped with nuts like chopped pecans for added texture. 

The cake is typically one, large layer, and can serve a huge crowd. They don’t say everything is bigger in Texas for nothing! 

My version is made in a half sheet pan, so while it is large, it isn’t quite as large as an entire sheet cake. It still makes more than 20 servings! 

Ingredients and tools for Low Carb Texas Sheet Cake

For the cake

For the frosting/glaze

  • 1 stick of butter
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1c Truvia confectioners sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Some tools you’ll need to make this cake: 

What kind of pan should I use to make this cake?

You’ll need a 13 in x18 in pan. This is also called a half sheet. 

I promise this is a reasonable size for this cake. A full-sheet can feed about 50 people. If you need that volume, just double up on this recipe. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but that might be too much cake. 

How to make Texas Sheet Cake

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 

Prep your sheet pan by spraying it liberally with non-stick spray

For the cake

In a large glass bowl, measure  out your Almond flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk together with your whisk until combined and set aside.

In your saucepan, heated on medium heat,  add your two sticks of unsalted salted butter, water, cocoa powder, blackstrap molasses, vanilla extract and Truvia Sweet Complete to the mixture. 

Simmer and stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved, and the mixture is shiny, and incorporated – about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool (you can stick this in the fridge if you need to while completing the next steps). 

In another bowl (or your stand mixer bowl if you’re using that tool), add together your eggs and greek yogurt. Stir at a 5-6 speed with the paddle attachment until incorporated. 

After your chocolate mixture has cooled to room temperature in your saucepan, slowly add the mixture into your eggs and yogurt a little bit at a time on 3-4 speed. This will ensure that the chocolate mixture gets incorporated without cooking the eggs. 

Once the wet ingredients are fully incorporated, add in your dry ingredients the same way. Sprinkle in ½ cup at a time, and let the mixture incorporate before adding more, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

By the end, you’ll be left with a textured batter, but be sure to stir in any dry spots. 

Pour the mixture onto your baking sheet and spread it out with an offset, or silicone spatula until it’s evenly distributed on the baking sheet

Tap the baking sheet on your counter 4-5 times by lifting it a couple of inches off of your counter and dropping it. This helps to reduce any air bubbles in the cake so it bakes evenly. 

Put in the top rack of your oven and bake at 350 degrees for 17 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out completely clean. 

For the glaze

While the cake cooks, make your chocolate glaze add 1 stick of butter, cocoa powder, heavy cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla to your saucepan. 

Turn the pan to low heat, and whisk continuously until the mixture has fully incorporated, about 5 minutes. 

Turn off heat and let the mixture sit. Stir again before glazing your cake. 

Chop your pecan pieces and set aside. 

Once the cake is ready, pull it out of the oven. 

Whisk your glaze and immediately drizzle the entire cake with the glaze. The cake is delicate, so gently spread the mixture over the top. 

Generously sprinkle the pecans over top. 

Let the cake cool before serving. Since it’s made with almond flour, cooling the cake helps it set. 

How to store Texas Sheet Cake?

You can store the cake in the fridge in the sheet pan, covered with parchment paper and and saran wrap for a maximum of 1 week. 

Additionally, once the cake has completely cooled, you can cut it into slices and layer it on parchment paper, and put it into a ziplock bag for 7 days. 

You can also freeze the cake for 1 month if it’s properly wrapped in parchment, saran wrap and foil and placed into a freezer bag. It will need to be reheated in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.

How many servings does a Texas sheet cake make?

My half sheet cake makes 24 servings. 

How many carbs per serving in this recipe?

This Low Carb Texas Sheet Cake is roughly 6g of carbs per serving.

Recipe for Low Carb Texas Sheet Cake

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Low Carb Texas Sheet Cake


  • Author: Mila Clarke Buckley
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 24 slices 1x
  • Diet: Diabetic

Description

A taste of Texas tradition using low carb ingredients for a moist and decadent cake. 


Ingredients

Units Scale

For the cake:

  • 2.5 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of Truvia Sweet Complete Granulated
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs

For the frosting:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1c Truvia confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 
  2. Prep your sheet pan by spraying it liberally with non-stick spray
  3. In a large  glass bowl, measure  out your Almond flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk together with your whisk until combined and set aside.
  4. In your saucepan, heated on medium heat,  add your two sticks of unsalted salted butter, water, cocoa powder, blackstrap molasses, vanilla extract and Truvia Sweet Complete to the mixture. 
  5. Simmer and stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved, and the mixture is shiny, and incorporated – about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool (you can stick this in the fridge if you need to while completing the next steps). 
  6. In another bowl (or your stand mixer bowl if you’re using that tool), add together your eggs and greek yogurt. Stir at a 5-6 speed with the paddle attachment until incorporated. 
  7. After your chocolate mixture has cooled to room temperature in your saucepan, slowly add the mixture into your eggs and yogurt a little bit at a time on 3-4 speed. This will ensure that the chocolate mixture gets incorporated without cooking the eggs. 
  8. Once the wet ingredients are fully incorporated, add in your dry ingredients the same way. Sprinkle in ½ cup at a time, and let the mixture incorporate before adding more, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  9. By the end, you’ll be left with a textured batter, but be sure to stir in any dry spots. 
  10. Pour the mixture onto your baking sheet and spread it out with an offset, or silicone spatula until it’s evenly distributed on the baking sheet
  11. Tap the baking sheet on your counter 4-5 times by lifting it a couple of inches off of your counter and dropping it. This helps to reduce any air bubbles in the cake so it bakes evenly. 
  12. Put in the top rack of your oven and bake at 350 degrees for 17 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out completely clean. 
  13. While the cake cooks, make your chocolate glaze add 1 stick of butter, cocoa powder, heavy cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla to your saucepan. 
  14. Turn the pan to low heat, and whisk continuously until the mixture has fully incorporated, about 5 minutes. 
  15. Turn off heat and let the mixture sit. Stir again before glazing your cake. 
  16. Chop your pecan pieces and set aside. 
  17. Once the cake is ready, pull it out of the oven. 
  18. Whisk your glaze and immediately drizzle the entire cake with the glaze. The cake is delicate, so gently spread the mixture over the top. 
  19. Generously sprinkle the pecans over top. 
  20. Let the cake cool before serving. Since it’s made with almond flour, cooling the cake helps it set. 

Notes

  • You can store the cake in the fridge in the sheet pan, covered with parchment paper and and saran wrap for a maximum of 1 week. 
  • Additionally, once the cake has completely cooled, you can cut it into slices and layer it on parchment paper, and put it into a ziplock bag for 7 days.
  • You can also freeze the cake for 1 month if it’s properly wrapped in parchment, saran wrap and foil and placed into a freezer bag. It will need to be reheated in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice (Makes 24 slices)
  • Calories: 211
  • Sugar: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 161mg
  • Fat: 16.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.6g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Protein: 3.7g
  • Cholesterol: 48.1mg

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Mila Clarke Buckley

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m a millennial woman living with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) after a type 2 diabetes misdiagnosis.  I love food, travel and my kitchen!

Hangry Woman is for anyone with diabetes – regardless of type.

I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create simple, blood-sugar friendly and delicious meals

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