Easy Sheet Cake Recipes for Your Dessert A-list

Easy Desserts to Make and Take

Tres Leches cake
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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...MORE combinations, ranging from the super simple to enticingly elaborate.

  • 01 of 08
    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 08
    Blueberry Limoncello Cake with a Limoncello Glaze
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    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 08
    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 08
    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.

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  • 05 of 08
    Chocolate Caramel Peanut Cake
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    If you love candy bars with chocolate, caramel and peanuts (did someone mention Snickers?), this is the cake for you. A layer of peanut butter caramel added partway through the baking time makes frosting seem irrelevant, but go ahead and spread some chocolate just in case. Peanuts on top alert anyone with an allergy.

  • 06 of 08
    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.

  • 07 of 08
    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.

  • 08 of 08
    Tres Leches cake
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    Tres leches means three kinds of milk and the heavy cream, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk in this Mexican classic make this a very moist cake.