Easy Sheet Cake Recipes for Your Dessert A-List

Easy Desserts to Make and Take

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Sheet cakes belong in every home baker's repertoire, particularly when you're the go-to person for bringing a dessert to your social tribe's dinner parties. In a modest single layer, sheet cakes satisfy a hankering for sweets without the sugar-bomb effect. Typically frosted and served right from the pan, sheet cakes transport well, making them a hassle-free choice for the neighborhood block party. People can even cut their pieces. Easy sheet cakes recipes come in literally all flavor combinations, ranging from the super simple to enticingly elaborate.

  • 01 of 09

    Scotch Chocolate Cake

    Scotch Chocolate Sheet Cake
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    The smell of cinnamon wafting through the house as it bakes makes this Scotch chocolate cake a credible stand-in for potpourri. Take it to a potluck and you're sure to come home with an empty pan.

  • 02 of 09

    Blueberry Limoncello Cake

    Blueberry Limoncello Cake

    Limoncello, the southern Italian liqueur of after-dinner hospitality, spikes this blueberry cake with a sweet lemon tang. A limoncello glaze for the top of the cake carries on the theme.

  • 03 of 09

    Apple Spice Cake

    Apple spice cake

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    You can get apples at any time of year, but somehow they taste best in the fall. Serve this apple spice cake on a chilly afternoon with red, yellow and orange leaves blowing across the yard.

  • 04 of 09

    Cherry Dump Cake

    Cherry Dump Cake

    Kristina Vanni

    This pretty pink sheet cake brings the flavors of cherry and almond together in an easy dump cake. Angel food cake mix, cherry pie filling, almond extract, and sliced almonds are combined in the cake pan and baked. Cut into squares and top with whipped cream.

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  • 05 of 09

    Tomato Soup Cake

    Tomato soup cake
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    No, it's not an urban legend. Tomato soup cake really exists and, even more unexpectedly, tastes great.

  • 06 of 09

    Beer Cake

    Beer Cake

    Kristina Vanni

    Chocolate and beer combine to make a delicious sheet cake. The batter has chopped cherries and walnuts, and both the cake and the decadent chocolate frosting contain dark beer. Beer cake is flavorful and easy and can feed a small crowd.

  • 07 of 09

    Mississippi Mud Cake

    Mississippi Mud Cake

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    The combination of chocolate, marshmallow, coconut, and pecans is totally irresistible in this Missippi mud cake. It's easy to mix up and looks and tastes impressive for any gathering.

  • 08 of 09

    Double Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake
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    You can serve this cake upside down, right side up or inside out, and the pineapple still stays front and center. Adding crushed pineapple and its juice to the batter makes it so.

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  • 09 of 09

    Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

    Butter Cake

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    "Ooey, gooey, butter"—those three words should tell you all you need to know. This cheesecake-like hybrid originally from St. Louis combines an ooey, gooey cake "crust"' and a gooey cream cheese filling with plenty of butter and sugar.