This Vanilla Sheet Cake recipe turns out perfectly every single time. It is perfectly moist, flavorful and fluffy throughout. Top it with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting for the perfect party dessert!
One of my recipe obsessions in 2018 was cake. I lived and breathed cake ideas for half of the year. Strawberry Bundt Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Cake and Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake were all born of that obsession (as well as maaany others!). When I started dreaming about flavors and colors that would go into a certain cake creation, I always went big and bold. Recently I had the thought that sometimes simple is best in the world of cakes, like those times when a basic sheet cake is needed for a birthday or retirement or graduation or summer party. This vanilla sheet cake turns out perfectly every single dang time and I love the consistency of that. It is dependable, moist, flavorful and it bakes totally evenly throughout, from corners straight through to the very middle. Bookmark this recipe pronto because I promise you’ll want to come back to it for about 12 different occasions throughout the year, when an easy cake needs to be made.
What size pan should I use for this recipe?
My sheet cakes turn out perfectly when I use an 11x16 half sheet pan. If you do not have a half sheet pan, a 10.5x15.5 jelly roll pan will work great, too. If you don’t have either of these, divide the batter between a 9x13 and 8x8 baking dish, making sure the batter is the same depth in both pans. Bake the pans separately and reduce the baking time. Start peeking in for signs of done-ness around the 15-minute mark for these different pan options. You’ll want to look for a uniformly golden brown surface, with no gooey centers. If you think a cake looks like it is done baking, stick a toothpick into its center. When it comes out clean (no crumbs stick to it), it is baked evenly and done baking!
What type of frosting goes well with vanilla sheet cake?
One batch of Vanilla Buttercream Frosting provides the absolute perfect amount and also the perfect flavor when spread over this sheet cake. Add food coloring to match your occasion and to add a touch of fun! Or go wild with your frosting and add a flavor twist. Turn it into Caramel Buttercream or Lemon Buttercream or Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting! Whichever frosting route you go, don’t forget the sprinkles!
What are some other good party desserts?
This Vanilla Sheet Cake is ideal for parties, but for some other ideas check these desserts out:
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