4 Simple Sheet Cakes to Make

February 16, 2012

A collection of mix-and-bake sheet cakes to satisfy weeknight dessert cravings.

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

My mother never needed a special occasion to bake a cake. Birthdays and celebratory events were no-brainers, but so were A’s on report cards and completely unremarkable, just-because Wednesday nights. In our home, single layer sheet cakes are still served in lieu of boxed brownie mixes and weeknight cookies. And why shouldn’t they be? Sheet cakes are simple to make and can be dressed up (or down) to your heart’s desire.

For a super casual sheet cake fit for a small family, serve your cake straight from the baking pan so you can cover and store leftovers. If you want to be a little fancier, present on a platter—but be sure to liberally grease and flour the pan before pouring in your batter so you can turn out the cake easily once baked.

—By Emily Arno
Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

A luscious caramel frosting with coconut and pecans tops this potluck-perfect chocolate cake.


Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut butter and chocolate pair up for this deliciously rich chocolate cake.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Me-me’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

A rich chocolate sheet cake, updated by using coconut palm sugar, coconut oil and white whole-wheat flour.


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