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For a delicious change of pace, a white sheet cake is always a hit at picnics and summer gatherings! Jazz it up with berries for the summer holidays or freeze and cut into festive shapes to match any occasion.

White Sheet Cake slice on white plate

White Sheet Cake

For those rare occasions my family needs a break from chocolate desserts, a terrific white sheet cake fits the bill. This simple recipe is perfect to feed a crowd and can be made with either almond or vanilla extract or a little of both.

The addition of sour cream keeps it moist and tender, and serving it with ice cream and berries kicks it up a notch or two. Even a simple slice, without the accouterments, is an ideal remedy when a mid-afternoon craving hits. My family was generous with praise for this delightful change of pace as were my girlfriends when I brought a tray of squares to a cocktail party.


White Sheet Cake slice overhead shot on white plate

Adapt with various toppings, food coloring and even shapes!

This is such a terrific basic recipe for a crowd. Serve with seasonal berries or top with sprinkles or toasted nuts before the frosting hardens.

If you chill the iced cake overnight, you can cut out shapes with your favorite cookie cutters—think of stars for the 4th of July, Christmas trees for a holiday party. The options are endless. Tint the frosting if desired to match your theme!

Make sure to frost while the cake is still warm as the frosting hardens quickly. This recipe for white sheet cake needs to be part of your baking repertoire.

White Sheet Cake with bite on a fork

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White Sheet Cake | Moist, tender with a touch of almond extract. Perfect when you need to serve a crowd!

White Sheet Cake #SundaySupper

For those times when you need a break from chocolate, this marvelous white chocolate sheet cake is the perfect recipe to feed a crowd. Adapted from Taste of Home

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 36 servings
  • Category: Dessert, Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Ingredients::

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Frosting::

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring butter and water to a boil. Remove from heat; by hand, stir in flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream,extracts, salt, and baking soda and mix by hand, until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 15-22 minutes or until the cake is golden and a toothpick comes out clean, watching carefully so not to over-bake.
  4. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes before frosting
  5. Combine butter, and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat: whisk in powdered sugar and extract.
  6. Frost warm cake. Chill if you’d like to cut out festive shapes for a party theme.

Notes

Make sure to frost the cake before it is totally cooled or you will have difficulty spreading the icing.
I used an old insulated jelly roll pan and my cake to a little over 20 minutes to fully bake. Start checking with a toothpick or finger tap at 15 minutes as the baking time will vary depending on your pan and oven.

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28 comments on “White Sheet Cake #SundaySupper”

  1. Dear Liz, you are absolutely right, this recipe for white sheet cake needs to be part of my baking repertoire. From your recipe I can see that I have everything on hand – if time allows, I will give it a try today and add just a few sprinkles for the kids. I cannot wait to see how it wiill turn out!
    As always, you are an ispiration!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
    Andrea

  2. Sheet cakes have quickly become a favorite of mine, especially in summer since they bake up so quickly. Happy Memorial Day Weekend Liz-enjoy:@)

  3. I love how simple but yet so versatile this recipe is!

  4. Looks like a super moist and delicious white cake! Nothing better!! Nettie

  5. There is something so incredibly inviting about a sheet cake. I just love vanilla and can’t wait to check this out. Hope you are having a great Memorial Day weekend!

  6. When I was growing up in Texas, sheet cakes were very popular. Your cake with a few berries would be perfect for this holiday weekend or anytime.

  7. This looks perfect for a crowd!!!

  8. That’s the perfect kind of basic recipe to have on hand. I think it would be amazing served with those berries you mentioned!

  9. Classic desserts have their own simple beauty to them. This would be a crowd pleaser.

  10. I’m such a fan of the versatility of a great white sheet cake. I can just imagine devouring this with fresh berries right now 🙂 thanks for sharing, Liz!

  11. I love this! I always make chocolate sheet cakes and forget there’s a whole wide world of other cake flavors out there. This looks delicious!

  12. Simple and stunning! I would love a slice now with my tea.

  13. I could eat my weight in this cake. I’ve made the chocolate version for a zillion years but just discovered it could be made in white a few years ago. You’re right, it’s so perfect for a crowd!

  14. Called white chocolate cheesecake because of the ingredients probably…don’t see any actually white chocolate in the recipe. Good to have a classic white cake like this and easy to dress up with fruit.

  15. A great white sheet cake recipe is like a well prepared canvas for all kinds of flavors or great as is. It has been ages so thanks I will make it soon!

  16. A great white sheet cake recipe is like a well prepared canvas for all kinds of flavors or great as is. It has been ages so thanks I will make it soon!

  17. This is perfect for feeding a crowd. And it looks absolutely delicious!

  18. You can never go wrong with a classic white cake. This looks oh-so-satisfying!

  19. There is something about a white cake that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. It has been my favorite since childhood. I’ve never made it in a sheet cake – I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  20. That’s a charming name indeed, as white as a sheet! I’m sure the taste is lovely too. xoxo

  21. What a gorgeous treat for have a nice tea with a friend and it’s so chic! x

  22. Love this cake, Liz! Absolute Perfection!

  23. Love the versatility of vanilla cake especially when made extra delicious with sour cream…Thinking I might cut the cake into sakura cherry blossom shapes =)

  24. Perfect cake to top off a potluck!

  25. I love adding sour cream to my cakes and I love that you added the almond extract. YUM

  26. this cake sounds marvelous. I have a disposable tin for take along that I am going to use to bring to my sons sunday! have a great memorial day weekend!

  27. I made this lake for a family get together and everyone loved it. Thanks for a delicious recipe.

  28. This is my go to recipe for a sheet pan cake. I love how fluffy it is. 
    I have used it to make so many different treats. 
    My kids favourites were hen I frosted it to make it look like a minecraft cake and also when I made a caramel drizzle over the white frosting. 
    We just love it. Like you say it is definitely a cake that needs to be in every bakers repertoire. 
    Thank you for a great recipe

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