Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe || A Sweet Delight

As a passionate baking enthusiast, I’m excited to share my favorite Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe with you.

This delightful dessert is perfect for birthdays, parties, or just a special treat for yourself.

With its tender crumb and heavenly vanilla flavor, this sheet cake is sure to become a favorite in your home.

This quick and easy vanilla sheet cake is loaded with cream cheese frosting, making the cake nice and fluffy.

The frosting tastes like vanilla and is used to decorate the cake. The cake looks impressive and will serve a crowd.

Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe
Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe

Recipe Time & Yield

For this Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Baking Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

Equipment Needed

Before we begin, gather the following baking essentials:

  • 9×13-inch baking pan
  • Electric mixer
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Rubber spatula
  • Wire cooling rack

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To create this delectable Vanilla Sheet Cake, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature

Step-by-Step Instructions

Now that we have everything ready let’s dive into the step-by-step instructions for making this mouthwatering Vanilla Sheet Cake.

Step 1 – Preparing the Baking Pan

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grease the 9×13-inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray.

Lightly dust the greased pan with flour, tapping out any excess.

Step 2 – Mixing the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.

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Step 3 – Creaming the Butter and Sugar

In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the softened unsalted butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Stir in the pure vanilla extract.

Step 4 – Combining Dry and Wet Ingredients

Gradually add the dry flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture, alternating with the whole milk.

Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Avoid overmixing.

Step 5 – Baking the Cake

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, ensuring it is evenly spread.

Smooth the top with a rubber spatula for an even surface.

Bake the cake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 6 – Cooling and Serving

Once the cake is baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

Carefully transfer the cake onto a wire cooling rack and let it cool completely.

Once cooled, you can serve it directly from the pan or transfer it to a serving platter.

Nutrition Facts Of Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe

  • Calories: 478
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Fat: 33g
  • Fibre: 3.5g
  • Sodium: 419mg

Why Are Sheet Cakes So Good?

Sheet cakes are easy to make and pretty quick too. It is one of the classic desserts that have been around for years and passed down from generation to generation.

Thanks to refrigerators, maintaining the freshness of this dessert has never been an issue.

Hence, it has remained popular among homemakers to prepare a home-cooked meal for their families or guests.

What’s The Difference Between Sheet Cake And Regular Cake?

A sheet cake is a relatively small, rectangular cake made from a mix and baked in a regular pan. It is generally covered with buttercream frosting.

The top of the sheet cake should be smooth, and the bottom of the cookie should be cut. If you want to make a more elaborate design, you can add buttercream letters or swirls.

The frosting is often not as thick as buttercream on a layer cake, though it can be thicker for added flavour.

How Much Cake Batter Do You Need For A Sheet Pan?

A rectangular sheet pan is 13″ x 9″ and about 2″ deep. You will need to use about half of the cake batter for a single layer. For a two-layer sheet cake, you will need to double the recipe,

using the entire cake batter for one layer and filling the space with more frosting or another layer of cake.

If you want to create a three-layer sheet cake, you can use the entire amount of batter in one layer.

How Many Cake Mixes Do I Need For A Sheet Cake?

Generally, you need between 1 and 3 boxes of cake mix to make a single-layered cake.

For a two-layer layer cake, double the original recipe amount, using half of the batter for each layer.

Double the recipe once again for a three-layer cake, using all the batter for one of the layers and leaving a space in between.

What Type Of Frosting Should I Use On Sheet Cake?

You can use any frosting to decorate a sheet cake. Buttercream frostings or ganache work well with this recipe, especially if you add any garnish or decorations.

If a lighter and fluffier frosting is what you prefer, whip cream and add sugar and vanilla extract to taste.


The vanilla sheet cake recipe is a great dessert to serve on special occasions or to prepare after a long, hard day.

You can also prepare this cake in advance and refrigerate it until you are ready to serve it,

which makes it easy for you if only one person is preparing the meal. Remember that the cake will be very moist when chilled and kept for a few days afterwards.


Is It OK To Have Sheet Cake For A Wedding?

Yes, sheet cake is a great option for your wedding. It is simple to make and tasty, especially when using the frosting recipe I provided.

What Size Baking Pans Should I Use For Christmas Sheet Cake?

You can use any size baking pan, but you will need a 9″ x 13″ pan. You will need to add 2″ of extra batter using a regular-sized cake pan.

How Long Does It Take To Make Sheet Cake?

Making a sheet cake should take about 30 minutes, including the time for the oven to preheat.