Skinny Texas Sheet Cake

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skinny texas sheet cake square on a spatula ready to serve.Skinny. Yeah you heard right! 🙂  This cake is made with healthier ingredients. And trust me when I tell you that it is absolutely incredible. In fact, I think this is better than the original!

When I am watching what I eat, I still need a dessert or chocolate fix. By substituting just a few ingredients it cuts the calories down significantly! This Texas Sheet Cake was better than any Texas sheet cake that I have had. The applesauce and greek yogurt made it so moist. It was perfect! You can definitely not even tell that this was made with healthier ingredients.

This cake was a great way to sneak in some yummy healthy ingredients without sacrificing on taste. You can still watch what you are eating and have your chocolate cake too with this recipe! 🙂

Watch a video on how to make Skinny Texas Sheet Cake here:

Recipe adapted from The Yummy Life

Skinny Texas Sheet Cake

5 from 1 vote
A delicious and moist Texas sheet cake that is made with healthier ingredients and absolutely incredible!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 40 Pieces


Cake ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose white flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the butter, water, and cocoa to a medium microwave safe bowl. Cook for about 2-2 ½ minutes whisking 30 seconds at a time until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine eggs, yogurt and applesauce and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together. Add the warm chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Lastly add the yogurt mixture and stir again until combined. The batter may have a few lumps, but that is ok.
  • Pour into an ungreased jelly roll pan (13x18) or two 9x13 baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the frosting:

  • Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add cocoa and whisk until smooth. Whisk in milk and vanilla and lastly whisk in the powdered sugar. Pour over the cake and frost to the edges. Let the cake cool completely and allow the frosting to set.


Serves: 40

Calories131kcal (7%)Carbohydrates20g (7%)Protein2g (4%)Fat5g (8%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol21mg (7%)Sodium104mg (4%)Potassium51mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar15g (17%)Vitamin A157IU (3%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium13mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword sheet cake, sheet cake recipes, Texas sheet cake
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing! Your recipe was easy to follow and delicious! I loved the fact that it was healthier and did not taste like rubber! I figured approx. 250 calories if You cut it into 24 squares and that’s an approximation using a recipe calculator

  2. I would really like to make this, but is there something else I can use instead of the apple sauce? If not, how can I make it? as it is not easy to find it here.
    Thank you in advance.

  3. Have made this cake from the original ingredients, for some 40 years, but can’t wait to try the “skinny version” Looks Delicious.

  4. Where does the “skinny” come in? Still 2 sticks of butter and 5 1/2 C sugar. Maybe a little healthier with the whole wheat flour and yogurt.

    1. “skinny” means taking a regular recipe and making it healthier by changing some of the ingredients. You can totally not put on the frosting to make it even skinnier but that it the best part. 🙂

  5. Alyssa,

    This was amazing–my boys kept saying that it was “licious” (they are little). What is great is that it is so chocolatey and sweet that a small piece is satisfying and this is coming from a chocoholic!

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’ve learned to be wary of “skinny” recipes, and this is only 150 calories if you cut it into 40 servings! Is that like 2 bites? It looks fabulous though so maybe I’ll save it for cheat day and eat 4 servings. 🙂

    1. Hey two bites of chocolate cake is better than none right? Hehe Actually it is a lot more than you think because a jelly roll pan is huge. It is just made with better ingredients to help reduce the calories.

    1. I really don’t like posting calories because if I am off by 1 calorie then people throw stones at me! Haha But the recipe that I adapted from said 150 calories per slice if the cake is cut into 40 slices. 🙂

  7. Hi in live in new Zealand and can you tell me what powdered sugar is and what can I use in place.
    Thank You,

      1. you can make powdered sugar with splenda also for a sugar free version that works well for diabetics

      2. I just made this cake substituting stevia for both the granulated sugar and the powdered sugar. For the cake, I simply increased the yogurt to 1-1/4 cups, the applesauce to 1 cup and used 3/4 cup Truvia baking blend stevia. For the icing, I blended (in my blender)2 cups of the Truvia stevia until it was a fine powder, then added 1 cup yogurt to make up the bulk since stevia takes only half the amount to sweeten what sugar does. It turned out really yummy! PS: I plugged this recipe into WeightWatchers and cut the points in half! It was 8 points per serving – but these substitutions brought it down to 4 points per serving – OH! and I also added pecan pieces sprinkled on top!

    1. Maybe you know it or find it by Confectioners Sugar. Is the same thing. Hope you find it, this is an awsome recipe.

    1. It should be the same. 150 per 40 slices. I just don’t like posting calories on recipes because people get upset if I am off by any. 😉

  8. I will try to make this cake cause it looks marvellous. But is the apple sauce compulsory? Is it ok if I skip it?

    1. Let me tell you that I had already fixed it at home based on one of my mom’s recipes and the only difference is that we don’t use the 2 kinds of wheat flour, only all purpose white flour and it is realy tasteful and I have given many people the recipe in my language (spanish) and whent they fix it they can only say it’s wanderful
      Best regards,
      Gabriel Sánchez

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