Lemon Texas Cake

This is a very thin cake that is ready in no time at all. Originally published in a cookbook titled "Specialties of Indianapolis, Volume 2"...wonder why it is called Lemon Texas Cake instead of Lemon Indiana Cake? Regardless, it is a good lemon cake.

Lemon Texas Cake

Servings: 24

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cups butter or 1 1/4 cups margarine, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine, divided
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon rind, grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted


Combine flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, eggs, and sour cream. Beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until blended.

Combine 1 cup butter and water, lemon rind, lemon juice and lemon extract in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add to flour mixture, stirring well. Pour into a greased and floured 15 x 10 x 1 inch jellyroll pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

Combine remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp of butter, milk and 1 tsp lemon extract in saucepna; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until mixture is spreading consistency. Spread frosting on top of cake. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

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