Single layers have never looked and tasted so good.
Cake makes everything better—it’s just a fact. When you’re in a pinch and tasked with entertaining large crowds this spring and summer, you’re going to need a dessert that goes the extra mile, both in size and flavor. Enter the deceptively simple and absolutely scrumptious sheet cake. Whether you’re baking for a baby or engagement shower, church potluck, or Easter Sunday, a large, single-layer sheet cake is the ultimate crowd-pleasing dessert for festive celebrations. Sheet cakes offer all the deliciousness of regular layered cakes, sans the effort required to frost and bake their towering counterparts. Since spring is in the air—and, apparently, in the kitchen, too—we've chosen our most refreshing, colorful, and sweetest sheet cake recipes that use lighter ingredients and fresh flavors from lemons, berries, and flaky coconut. So start baking—just don’t forget to save us a slice.
Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Recipe: Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Don't be confused by the name. This recipe isn't cornbread cleverly disguised as cake. It’s actually a vanilla-based cornmeal delicacy scented with orange zest and studded with fresh berries and plums. Turn to this recipe when you need something quick and convenient for a spring or summer brunch. Serve with ice cream, sweetened whipped cream, or maybe sour cream with a little vanilla and brown sugar stirred in.
Texas Sheet Cake with Fudge Icing
You know what goes well with chocolate? More chocolate. And that’s exactly what you can expect with this classic Texas Sheet Cake. Make sure to enjoy it with a large glass of ice cold milk or coffee.
Carrot Sheet Cake
Strawberry-Lemon Sheet Cake
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemon Sheet Cake
Our Strawberry-Lemon Sheet Cake is full of tart and sweet lemon flavors. The piped whipped cream applied to the perimeter of the cake takes the average sheet cake to the next level. You'll love every airy bite.
Grapefruit-Pecan Sheet Cake
Recipe: Grapefruit-Pecan Sheet Cake
This isn’t your typical sheet cake, as it offers a fresh and creative take on a Southern classic. The sheet cake’s bright and lush burst of grapefruit flavor gives a refreshing exuberance to an otherwise traditional dessert, which serves as the perfect contrast to the nutty flavor of pecans.
Buttermilk-Glazed Cherry Sheet Cake
Pretty, please, with a cherry on top! This cherry-filled sheet cake is decadent enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, but it's not too sugary to enjoy for breakfast with a cup of coffee. It's packed with bursting fruit and topped with an incredible buttermilk glaze to make the perfect brunch recipe.
Coconut Sheet Cake
Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
We saved the best for last. Here, cake, lemon, buttermilk, and strawberries easily combine to make a simple sheet cake that's equally as delicious as the sum of its parts. It's a bright and colorful dessert centerpiece that's perfect for any spring table.