10 Sheet Cakes for Cookout Season

Dessert, Entertaining, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Summer, Tailgating
on May 16, 2017

The no-fuss nature of the sheet cake makes it an ideal choice for potlucks, picnics and cookouts. Easy to prep, store, transport AND serve—these 10 cakes will see you through an entire season of buffet-style festivities.


Gooey Butter Cake

St Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Teresa Blackburn

This classic cake starts with a boxed mix, but with the addition of a few simple ingredients, it bakes up into something special occasion-worthy.

Soaked Cannoli Poke Cake

Cannoli Poke Cake Recipe

Erin Mahoney for Honest Cooking

The flavors of traditional cannoli meet the ultra moist “poke cake” method.

Cookies and Cream Gooey Cake

Cookies and Cream Gooey Cake

Grandbaby Cakes

Chocolate cake with a cream cheese layer and plenty of cookie crumbles—a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Blackberry and Nectarine Upside-Down Sheet Cake

Blackberry and Nectarine Upside-Down Sheet Cake

Linda Xiao | The Kitchn

Two of summer’s favorite fruits make a knock-out duo in this upside-down sheet cake.

Lemon Sheet Cake

Lemon Sheet Cake

Cooking Classy

Tart lemon and fresh summer berries join forces for a sweet, refreshing finish to heavier barbecue fare.

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake | Relish.com

Mark Boughton Photography, Styling by Teresa Blackburn

Traditional chocolate sheet cake, studded with chopped pecans for added texture and flavor.

Ricotta Cheesecake

Newsletter Crop: Ricotta Cheesecake

Alan Benson

Perhaps not what traditionally comes to mind in the “sheet cake” category, but you can make this rich, creamy cheesecake as thick or as thin as you like! It’s not too sweet, so it’s the perfect canvas for your favorite dessert toppings.

Dark Chocolate Cake

Beatrice Peltre

A light and airy gluten-free chocolate cake made with buckwheat and millet flours.

Coconut Sheet Cake

Coconut Sheet Cake

She Wears Many Hats

Coconut cake practically screams summer! This variation comes in sheet cake form, with a fluffy topping and plenty of flaked coconut.


Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Six Sister’s Stuff

Strawberry shortcake fit to feed the masses. Bake, frost top with strawberries, and you’re in business.