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Simple Sheet Cakes

Mississippi Mud Cake, shown here in a 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan, is an all-time favorite for sharing with friends and family. - Beth Dreiling / Styling: Cari South / Food Styling: Rebecca Kracke Gordon
Mississippi Mud Cake, shown here in a 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan, is an all-time favorite for sharing with friends and family. Beth Dreiling / Styling: Cari South / Food Styling: Rebecca Kracke Gordon

Dressed up or right in the pan, these sheet cakes are easy to bake and made to travel.

When I asked fellow editors and foodies what the quintessential sheet cake is, chocolate was one emphatic response. Others swooned over the idea of coconut with lots of frosting. All this only reinforced what I already knew: Everyone loves a sheet cake. They're perfect for casual gatherings because they truly are quick, simple, and easy to transport.

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Here we offer some basic (and easy) recipes, including a classic Mississippi Mud Cake--a luscious combination of chocolate, pecans, and marshmallows. Test Kitchens Professional Rebecca Kracke Gordon carefully tested each of these recipes and offers her tips.

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