Moist Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe

This is a moist vanilla sheet cake recipe. It’s made with two layers of cakes held together by a delicious cream filling and frosted with a sweet marshmallow-white frosting.

The cake is easy to make and quite traditional in its flavor, so it satisfies both your need for tradition and new tastes.

This cake is covered in many variations (see the above picture for some), but this one is the best. And it’s elementary to make, especially if you have a stand mixer.

Moist Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe
Moist Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe

How To Prepare moist vanilla sheet cake recipe?

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Yield: 8 Servings


  • 4 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups butter (room temperature)
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar (divided use)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk (either uses regular or soy or omit)


  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Making Method:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 2: In a large bowl, mix cake flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar until combined. It would help if you got a mixture that’s a little heavier (dryer) than regular all-purpose flour. Set aside for about 20 minutes.

Step 3: Add butter, eggs, and vanilla extract to the mixture (in that order) and beat on medium speed for two minutes.

Step 4: Reduce the mixing speed to low and add the buttermilk in three parts, alternating with two of the flour mixture.

Step 5: Line a quarter sheet pan with parchment paper – this will give you extra room to spread out your batter in case it doesn’t all fit. Pour batter onto a parchment-lined pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Step 6: Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan. When it’s cool enough to handle, carefully run a bench knife or heatproof spatula around the edges of the cake to loosen it. Invert the cake onto a plate, peel off the paper, and continue with step 7 below.

Step 7: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, softened butter, and confectioner’s sugar until fluffy. Add milk if the frosting is too thick.

Step 8: Spread a thin layer of frosting onto the first layer of cake. Place the second layer on top and spread more frosting onto it. Finally, spread a thin layer around the sides of the cake.

Step 9: Use whatever decorations you want to make this look pretty! I always use a large star tip to decorate with thicker frosting. If you don’t have one, use something that looks nice. Top with fruit or nuts if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 500
  • Fat: 23g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 76g
  • Cholesterol: 68mg
  • Sodium: 581mg
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 75g

What Type Of Cake Is The Most Moist?

The moistest cake is the one that has the most fantastic ratio of fat and sugar to flour. That ratio varies according to the type of flour used,

but in general, cakes made with wheat flour are moister than cakes made with spelled or rye flour because wheat is higher in moisture content.

How Much Cake Batter Do I Need For A Sheet Cake?

I usually use 2 1/2 to 4 cups of batter for my sheet cakes. This recipe is based on three of those cups. If you have more or less batter, make adjustments at the beginning of the recipe so that you have enough batter to fill your pan when you bake it.

What Can I Add To Cake Mix For Moisture?

You can add a little bit of extra oil or other oil-based liquids to the plain cake mix. I have tried this a few times, and it works okay, but it reduces the volume of the batter

so that you will have only slightly more than 3 ounces of batter per cake (instead of 3 1/2 to 4 cups). You can also use liquid eggs, like eggbeaters.

Does Milk Make Cake More Moist Than Water?

Milk adds to the moistness of a cake in several ways. First, it is slightly dense than water, reducing the air incorporated into the batter during mixing.

Second, it contains fats that coat flour particles and prevent them from absorbing moisture from other ingredients (or the batter).

What Happens If I Replace Water With Milk In Cake Mix?

You can substitute milk for water, but you have to adjust the amount of milk and add more flour to compensate.

If you use milk as your liquid, your batter will be moister, and you will need less flour in the recipe because milk is more moisturized than water.

How To Decorate?

You can make a rainbow cake by using different colors of frosting. If you want to make a plain, single-colored cake, you can use the same batter recipe,

but thin out the cookie dough with milk and add a little more powdered sugar to the frosting. Here is my favorite buttercream frosting recipe.


This is an easy recipe to make, and it’s a good idea to include when you have people over and need something easy to make but tastes delicious.

It has a great vanilla flavor, and the frosting is perfect for the cake. Try making this moist vanilla sheet cake recipe the next time you have company over!