Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe

A vanilla sheet cake recipe can be made using a boxed cake mix and a tub of store-bought frosting. This recipe is quick, easy and requires minimal work.

This quick and easy vanilla sheet cake is loaded with cream cheese frosting, making the cake nice and fluffy. The cream cheese makes the buttercream frosting creamy tasting with a soft texture.

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


How To Prepare Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe?

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Serving Size: 10


  • One 12-inch baking sheet
  • stand mixer with the paddle attachment
  • rubber spatula

Ingredients For Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe:

For Cake:

  • 1 vanilla cake mix
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (3-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1.5-ounce) package of vanilla instant pudding mix

Ingredients for Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar,

How To Make Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 12-inch baking sheet. Set aside.

Step 2: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cake mix, oil and eggs on medium speed for 2 minutes; set aside.

Step 3: With an electric mixer on high speed, beat cream cheese and pudding until smooth in a small bowl; set aside.

Step 4: Spoon half the cake batter into the prepared baking sheet. Top with half of the frosting. Repeat with remaining batter and frosting, ending with cake batter.

Step 5: Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the centre comes clean. Cool for at least 20 minutes before frosting. Refrigerate if not serving right away.

Prepare to frost:

Step 1: With an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Step 2: Gradually add vanilla and sugar, beating until well blended, about 3 minutes.

Preheat oven again to 325 degrees F. Spray the bottom of a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 3: Spread half the frosting on top of the cake, and then top with the remaining frosting. A frosted vanilla sheet cake can be refrigerated for up to 1 day before serving.

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.