Easy Sheet Cake Recipes for Your Dessert A-list

Easy Desserts to Make and Take

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 Cake Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Scotch Chocolate Cake. Scotch Chocolate Cake Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    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
    Blueberries and Limoncello make a perfect combination. Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    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 Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Apple Spice Cake. Apple Spice Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    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 Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Tomato Soup Cake Photo. Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    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 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Chocolate Caramel Peanut Cake. Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    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 Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    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
    2011 Ooey Gooey Butter Cake photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    "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 Leche Cake Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Tres Leche Cake Photo Cinco de Mayo. Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    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.