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Monday, March 5, 2018

Arnold Palmer Texas Sheet Cake

The classic tea and lemonade combination of the Arnold Palmer is now available in Texas sheet cake form.  Perfect for BBQs, potlucks or any summertime party!

slice of tea and lemon sheet cake on plate

     This tea screams summertime!  The sweet tea cake is made in the style of a Texas sheet cake.  The lemon icing is made in a saucepan and poured over the warm cake for an easy smooth finish.  The combination is absolutely delicious and tastes like an Arnold Palmer.

      Remember way back when MiMi used to write a weekly feature? We called it Mondays with MiMi. Don't feel too bad if you don't remember it, because it didn't last long.

    It turns out she is good cook and writer, but the pressure of making a blog worthy recipe and writing a post each week was too much pressure. So now she prefers to read along.  I guess seeing her name in lights just wasn't enough payment for all of the hard work. 😉

sheet cake with lemons and glass of iced tea

     Occasionally she comes out of retirement and shares a fun recipe though. When she created the oatmeal raisin cookie baked oatmeal, she knew we'd all love it. She was right, I've heard nothing but rave reviews from those of you who have made it.

    I knew she had something up her sleeve this week for family dinner, but she was pretty tight lipped about what.  She made a version of grandma's chicken and broccoli casserole, but with ham instead of chicken. That variation was delicious.

slice of arnold palmer cake with wedge of lemon on top

     Then for dessert she pulled out this sheet cake.  A sweet tea sheet cake with lemon icing. You read that right! It was soooo good too and quite the surprise.

     This is a "true" Texas sheet cake according to MiMi. Her rule is that the batter and the icing must be made in a saucepan on the stove to qualify.

served piece of sweet tea and lemon Texas sheet cake

   No creaming butter or bringing ingredients to room temperature is allowed. That's too fancy schmacy for a Texas sheet cake.

    Really that format is a perfect one for adding tea flavoring too as your going to be warming water on the stove anyway. And the lemon icing is the perfect topping.

    My dad has always had a soft spot for Arnold Palmers as a drink. They are a perfect summertime beverage. This cake gives them a run for their money!

piece of Arnold Palmer cake on glass plate

    We are big sheet cake fans, they are no fuss and perfect for potlucks and BBQs.  This one is a new favorite, but we also love MiMi's other original sheet cake recipe the chocolate chip cookie dough sheet cake.

    The chocolate peanut butter one was also a hit and the white Texas sheet cake is a hit on Pinterest.  Have you ever tried different flavors of Texas sheet cake or have you stuck to the tried and true chocolate?


Texas sheet cake, tea and lemon cake, tea lemonade cake, summer cake, easy summer dessert
Yield: 24 Servings
Arnold Palmer Texas Sheet Cake

Arnold Palmer Texas Sheet Cake

The classic tea and lemonade combination of the Arnold Palmer is now available in Texas sheet cake form. Perfect for BBQs, potlucks or any summertime party!
Prep time: 20 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 45 M


Sweet Tea Cake
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tea bags (your favorite blend)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a half sheet jelly roll pan (13x18")
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Turn off heat then add tea bags to brew for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and add butter. Bring back heat until butter is melted.
  4. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk the tea and butter into the rest of the ingredients until just combined.
  5. Pour into prepared sheet pan and bake for 17-20 minutes.
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes during which you should begin making the icing.
  1. Combine the butter and milk in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixtures just starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon extract.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, whisking until it reaches a good consistency for spreading.
  3. After the cake has cooled for 20 minutes, spread the warm icing over the cake. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
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The classic tea and lemonade combination of the Arnold Palmer is now available in Texas sheet cake form.  Perfect for BBQs, potlucks or any summertime party!


  1. Now, I would be crazy over this sheet cake..lemon and of course my Arnold Palmer loving boys would love it too!! Tell MiMi GREAT job, this is a Texas Sheet cake big time WINNER!!

  2. I love Arnold Palmers! Is there anything more refreshing on a hot day? I can only imagine how delicious it is in cake form. Tell Mimi thank you for such a brilliant recipe!

  3. Oh this sounds so interesting! Pinned and sharing! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

    1. Thank you so much! It was a fun surprise MiMi had up her sleeve!

  4. Love this idea! I'm a big fan of Arnold Palmers and drink them religiously during the summer. I'm pinning this recipe for later!

    1. This cake will be perfect for summer parties then! I hope you love it!

  5. Hi Carlee, I don't think I've ever made a true sheet cake. In fact I don't think I've ever made a cake without creaming and faffing. Anything lemony goes down well in this house and anything that requires minimum prep is a winner with me. Will have to give this recipe a try.


    1. It's nice to have some no fuss recipes, especially when they result in yummy cake! I can't wait to hear what you think!

  6. Oh goodness, I'm a huge fan of all things lemon!! This looks so delicious!

  7. I love lemon and I love sheetcake, so I don't think that I can go wrong with this Sheetcake. Thank you for sharing.

  8. This sounds lovely...perfect for spring...if it every arrives!!!

  9. I've never made a cake using water/tea....would love to hear from somebody who has baked this cake.

    1. The original Texas sheet cake (the chocolate version) uses water too! So does my chocolate chip cookie dough sheet cake and there's a video on that recipe so you can see it come together. It really works ;-)

  10. Mmmmm I love sheet cakes!! They seem so impossible and then poof it's delish!

    1. It is a little bit amazing, isn't it? Plus they're quick and relatively easy!

  11. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and we have pinned it to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you so much! This was a fun one for sure!

  12. I need this cake! I might have to reorder my baking list to get this in sooner. I am soo excited to try it :)

    1. You definitely should! It is definitely a fun one xoxo

  13. What a yummy sounding cake! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED :)

  14. I can’t wait to try this!

    Mrs. U

  15. Hand me a fork! This sheet cake looks amazing! I am going to have to make this for our family get together!

  16. Simple and easy recipe. I absolutely love lemon flavor in baked goodies.

  17. When I saw this post I was like "Girl, I know you didn't just put an Arnold Palmer up in a sheet cake.." WOW, fantastic idea, and I will be trying this. Love sweet tea and lemonade and you've nailed the sheet cake. Great reipe.

  18. The icing on top looks perfect, I can tell I'd be addicted to this cake!

  19. The only way my husband drinks tea is an Arnold Palmer so I know he'd love this sheet cake.

    1. They are my dad's favorite too! I hope you give it a go!

  20. This is simply gorgeous. And genius! Can't wait to try this!

  21. Mimi is brilliant! I love sheet cakes, and this is such a great spin on it!

  22. Love lemon and sheet cakes are great for serving a crowd - yum!


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