If you’re planning a party for several guests, you must think beyond the booze. Yes, people do like to have a drink at a party, but they also like to line their stomachs, too.
And the easiest solution to this is to bake a large sheet cake, which can be divided into several servings. You don’t have to worry about balancing layers of cylindrical cake on top of one another, or about perfect icing.
Sure, it’s good to have a cake that looks amazing, but more important than this is the taste, because a cake that doesn’t taste good is a waste.
In this article, I’ve put together a round-up of 33 of the best sheet cake recipes I can find on the internet, including several that I’ve tried myself. And I can’t wait to share them with you – here goes!
I thought I would kick things off with something really straightforward and simple. But because it’s so straightforward and simple, it’s also very easy to customize.
The recipe uses an easy reverse creaming method which results in a soft, springy crumb, and it’s all topped off with a delicious whipped vanilla buttercream frosting.
What’s more, it can be made ready to eat in as little as 55 minutes.
If there’s any flavor that goes down well with both kids and adults alike, it has to be chocolate. And this is one of the best chocolate sheet cakes on the net.
It’s incredibly moist, thanks to ingredients such as buttermilk, vanilla extract, and softened butter. And the recipe also explains how to make an amazing chocolate flavored frosting.
I like to serve it with a sprinkling of chopped nuts for added crunch!
OMG, this recipe is amazing!
The cake part is pretty standard, but the frosting features the likes of salted caramel sauce which gives real depth of flavor, alongside vanilla extract, and toffee bits and sea salt sprinkled on top.
And it pairs just perfectly with the cake layer with its dark brown sugar.
It takes about an hour and 40 minutes to make, but I can promise you it’s worth it!
I just love this cute pink sheet cake, it’s party-ready before I am!
It’s made with fresh puréed strawberries, is topped with an amazing homemade strawberry and vanilla frosting, made with yet more fresh strawberries.
It’s made with easy to source ingredients such as white cake mix, eggs, cream cheese, and strawberry Jello mix. And it’s ready to eat in just 40 minutes.
I also like to do a raspberry version, which is the same but with raspberries instead of strawberries.
Looking for something chocolaty, but a bit more adventurous and enticing than a standard chocolate sheet cake? Then check out this recipe!
It’s a buttery vanilla sheet cake swirled with the most amazing “caramel” made with the likes of brown sugar and maple syrup.
‘And if all that’s not enough, there’s a rich fudgy chocolate frosting with notes of caramel and vanilla!
Are you ready for peanut butter overload? Because this is it!
The cake is made with the likes of creamy peanut butter, light brown sugar, vanilla extract and more. Then there’s the frosting, which is also made with creamy peanut butter, alongside such ingredients as cocoa powder and heavy cream.
I’m also a fan of the peanut butter cups for the ultimate sweet peanut butter garnish!
This is a perfect sheet cake recipe for parties during fall.
The cake is buttery and moist, and features moreish cinnamon and grated apple throughout. And the frosting tastes just as good, it’s super silky and has a light caramel flavor that lingers on your taste buds.
The ingredients are all easy to get hold of. It takes an hour and 40 minutes to make, and the recipe yields 15 servings altogether.
When you’re hosting a party, you don’t always know if one of the guests is vegetarian or vegan. So to that end, it might be good to have a vegan sheet cake recipe to fall back on. And this is a great one!
The cake is amazingly moist, made with ingredients such as flour, vanilla bean paste, apple cider vinegar, and dark chocolate chips.
Then there’s the silky smooth chocolate ganache, made with coconut milk, and yet more dark chocolate!
If you love red velvet layer cake, you will love this sheet cake version, and so will your party guests.
It’s moist, delicious, and super easy to make. It features easy to source ingredients like cocoa powder, butter, flour, sour cream, eggs, buttermilk, red food coloring, and vanilla extract.
It’s topped with a yummy cream cheese frosting. You can either use store bought, or there’s a link to a recipe for making it from scratch.
This is such a flavorful sheet cake, thanks to ingredients such as pumpkin purée, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground ginger, and more.
And instead of regular cream cheese frosting, there’s a delicious caramel frosting made with butter, brown sugar, whole milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
It’s ready to eat in just half an hour, and the recipe yields 30 servings in total.
And now for something completely different! Cherry is such an overlooked fruity flavor, and it really shouldn’t be – it’s so sumptuous and naughty.
This sheet cake is super simple to make, with the likes of white cake mix, cherry Jello, and maraschino cherries. Then there’s the delectable homemade almond buttercream frosting, to give an overall taste reminiscent of cherry bakewell tarts.
And it looks super party-ready when each slice is topped with another cherry!
This flavorful sheet cake is different to a regular sheet cake because instead of being made with oil it’s got creamed butter and sugar, so you can prep the whole thing in just one bowl, which is great when it comes to the washing up.
There’s mashed bananas and applesauce to make it moist and tender, and there’s even a sprinkling of healthy seeds for both wholesomeness and crunch.
If you’re looking for something that tastes real fresh or a palate cleanser, then look no further, because this is what you need.
It’s pretty much a standard vanilla sheet cake, but with the zest of two whole lemons in the filling, and a lemon glaze that’s simply to die for, made with fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar.
It takes a while to make, but it’s so worth it.
If you ask me, this is the ultimate coconut Texas sheet cake recipe!
It’s made with coconut milk and not just coconut extract alone for a really good coconut hit, and then it gets topped off with an amazing coconut icing, featuring more coconut extract and sweetened coconut flakes.
Top tip – be sure to follow the recipe to the letter for best results!
Fans of top soda Coca-Cola (and other variations) love to get a slice or two of this sheet cake when they can!
Not only does it feature cola in the cake part, alongside such ingredients as buttermilk, vanilla extract, flour and sugar. But there’s also cola in the decadent glaze, combined with the likes of sugar, butter and powdered sugar. Sweet and moreish.
If you’re anything like me, you love pistachio nuts, and therefore this recipe.
The cake features such ingredients as white cake mix, oil, instant pistachio pudding mix, lemon and lime soda, eggs, chopped pecan nuts, and shredded coconut.
Then the frosting also features instant pistachio pudding mix, alongside Cool Whip, milk, more chopped pecans, and more shredded coconut. Yum!
I’m so glad I found this recipe – so rich and fruity!
It’s super simple to make, too. You just prepare a pan with butter and brown sugar before layering it with slices of oranges (or tangerines if you prefer).
Then you make up the cake mix, with ingredients like flour, vanilla, and yogurt, pour the batter mixture into the pan, and bake it in a preheated oven for about 40 minutes.
For those of you who don’t already know, a poke cake is basically a regular sheet cake, but with holes that allow you to pour additional ingredients through, which get soaked up by the sponge mix.
This strawberry poke cake is one of the easiest poke cake recipes out there.
All you have to do is make the cake using white cake mix, etc., poke some holes in with a toothpick, and pour dissolved strawberry gelatin over, before baking and frosting. It tastes amazing!
And now for something chocolaty once again! This too is a poke cake.
It’s made with a wonderfully chocolate base in a sheet pan, and then you pour buttery caramel through holes in the cake, and then you get to top it with a delicious homemade fluffy caramel, and you can sprinkle over yet more tasty additions, such as candies or chopped nuts!
If you’re planning a summer party or a 4th July party, I 100% recommend this sheet cake, with its glorious red white and blue hues.
The sponge is soft and vanilla flavored, and the whole thing is topped with a delicious and fluffy cream cheese frosting. Then you simply decorate the sheet cake with three varieties of berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, goji berries, and raspberries.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting s’mores around a campfire, then you’ll have a pretty good idea of just how good this sheet cake tastes!
It has graham crackers lining the bottom, followed by a layer of decadent chocolate cake. You poke holes in the baked chocolate cake layer, then layer the cake with jumbo marshmallows.
Return the sheet pan to the oven for a few seconds for the marshmallows to melt and start to turn a beautiful golden brown. Delicious!
Here’s another great sheet cake recipe that’s worthy of a spot on my shortlist.
The cake is made with the likes of crème fraîche and passion fruit juice, then there’s a passion fruit syrup, and a passion fruit buttercream made with butter powdered sugar, whole milk, vanilla extract and passion fruit juice.
Then you can decorate the sheet cake with a crunchy, buttery macadamia nut brittle!
This is a vanilla sheet cake with a difference that’s perfect for a party setting.
There’s a confetti-like sprinkling of multicolored sprinkles, not only on top over the frosting, but also throughout the sponge as well.
What’s more, it also features a hint of almond extract. I recommend cutting the sheet cake into wedges to show off the funfetti colored sprinkle interior for your guests to see.
Adult party guests are sure to love this indulgent alcoholic Irish cream flavored chocolate sheet cake.
It comes out wonderfully moist and rich, and the chocolate and Baileys flavors are also carried through to the icing as well, since it’s made with Baileys, melted butter, and cocoa powder.
Better yet, it can be ready to eat in as little as half an hour or so.
You might not think it, but lemon and blueberry make for an excellent flavor pairing, and this recipe will demonstrate that perfectly.
The lemon keeps the cake tasting super fresh, and the mild, understated blueberry part is concentrated at the bottom of the cake to provide a contrast of flavors, and there’s even a lemon juice glaze to go over the top.
It can be ready to eat in just over an hour.
If you ask me, raspberries always make for a great dessert ingredient – they’re just so fruity and juicy.
There’s a cake layer featuring vanilla extract, followed by a cream cheese layer made with the likes of cream cheese and Cool Whip.
And for the pièce de résistance, there’s an amazing raspberry topping made with fresh or frozen raspberries, water, and raspberry Danish dessert mix. Yum!
Here’s another great sheet cake recipe for the adults at the party!
It may look like a standard chocolate sheet cake, but it also happens to feature a little coffee liqueur, which pairs perfectly with the baking cocoa to produce a mocha-like taste.
It also features other interesting ingredients such as ground cinnamon and marshmallow creme and chopped pecans.
The same flavors are also carried through to the frosting!
I just love the taste of fresh apricots. It’s kinda like the taste of oranges, but is much milder and therefore more palatable and not too rich.
The sponge is vanilla flavored with a hint of lemon zest, and it’s topped with apricot halves, so there’s apricot in every bite. Then you can add an optional apricot glaze made with apricot jam and either hot water or rum or amaretto!
This super simple sheet cake tastes amazing!
The cake part is made with a box of devil’s food chocolate cake mix. And then there’s a scrumptious topping made with sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce, which seeps through holes you poke in the cake.
And then you can top it with some whipped topping along with a sprinkling of chopped pecans and chocolate chips!
There’s no ingredient that packs a punch like pineapple does!
This pineapple sheet cake is sweet, fruity and fluffy, thanks to ingredients like crushed pineapple, dark brown sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon.
What’s more, the recipe yields a whopping 30 servings at a mere 134 calories each.
What could be better for a party than a cocktail inspired sheet cake? This cake will have your guests feeling like they’re on holiday in the tropics.
There’s no alcoh9ol in it however, so kids can enjoy it too. You use a box of cake mix, and infuse it with the likes of crushed pineapple and cream of coconut for that wonderful pina colada taste.
Not only does this cake look super fun for a party, but it’s also super simple to make as well.
It’s just a regular chocolate sheet cake with chocolate flavored buttercream, decorated with lots of colorful freckles, smarties and M&Ms.
And now to go out with a bang! This sheet cake is perfect for the 4th of July because it’s basically a white sheet cake topped with cream cheese frosting and decorated to look just like the American flag with fresh raspberries and blueberries!
Frequently Asked Questions
The main difference between a regular cake and a sheet cake is the shape and height…
Whereas so many large cakes are made in round tins, sheet cake is made in rectangular tins. Also, a sheet cake is just one layer thick, whereas regular cakes may have multiple layers.
To be honest, the exact origins of Texas sheet cake are unclear. Some say it was dreamt up by a Texas-based newspaper, while others reckon it’s because they’re the size of Texas!
For a large sheet cake, you may need as many as 4 boxes of cake mix.
You can get between 12 and 20 slices out of a 9 by 13-inch sheet cake.
I hope you’ve enjoyed scrolling through my shortlist of sheet cake recipes, and that you’ve picked a good one for your party. I’m sure it will go down a treat!