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How to Make 1/2 Sheet Cake

This 1/2 sheet cake recipe can use any homemade batter you like or choose boxed cake mix if you want a quick treat to serve a crowd! If you’re wondering how to bake a half sheet cake it is easier than you think and a cheap dessert everyone will love.

1:2 sheet cake

This is how to make an easy sheet cake recipe! Great for birthdays or when a group comes over to visit. Cheap and takes just 15 minutes to make. One of our favorite quick easy dessert recipes.

How to Bake a Sheet Cake

You can choose any flavor you like, this one is a homemade pumpkin sheet cake. If you have a favorite German chocolate cake recipe that fits in a 13×18″ pan then that will work for this too.

It just makes each piece a bit thinner and bakes in half the time, that’s why we love it. Somebody pop by unexpected? NO problem, make this!

  • Overall there isn’t a big difference than if you were to make a traditional cake out of a box.
half sheet cake

1/2 Sheet Cake Pan

If you could imagine you’ll need a baking sheet that is different than if you made cookies on it. Reason being is the thinner batter will spread out and you’ll need a higher lip all the way around so it can rise. This half sheet pan with high sides 12×18 or 13×18 works. A full sheet cake size is 26×18 which is quite large, this is more feasible.

1/2 Sheet Cake Ingredients

If you want to make our homemade pumpkin cake here this is what was used:

  1. Eggs
  2. Oil
  3. Canned pumpkin
  4. All purpose flour and sugar
  5. Baking powder
  6. Cinnamon
  7. Salt
  8. Baking soda

For an easy cream cheese frosting use:

  • Room temperature cream cheese
  • Softened unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar

You could add a heaping tbsp of peanut butter to change it up from this version of a vanilla buttercream sort.

how to make a sheet cake

Here are a few questions you might have before you go any further to make this quick dessert idea.

What’s the difference between sheet cake and regular cake?

The only things are the thickness of the cake and the bake time. Sheet cakes bake very quickly, but are thinner overall. There are just so many different boxed cake mix recipes out there.

How many does a sheet cake serve?

If you don’t layer them it will serve about 18 people with small servings. If you put one on top of the other with some frosting in between it can serve double that.

What is a sheet pan cake?

Just as it states, you use a sheet pan with a higher lip on it to bake instead of the traditional 9×13″ cake pan. It is thinner but takes less time to bake. Serve as is or stack to make it taller and feed more.

Can you bake a cake on a cookie sheet?

Yes, I just prefer one with a higher edge on the outside. If using a box of cake mix it will fit though and there shouldn’t be an overflow issue.

How many does a 1/2 sheet cake serve?

If you serve small squares you could potentially serve up to 50, but they’d be small. If you made two and layered them with some sour cream frosting in the middle each would get more of a “regular” serving.

1 / 4 Sheet Cake

If you want to make smaller version than this you’d use a 9×12 high sides pan. I’ve found you could cut the recipe in half and use that much batter for this. This size will serve about 18 small square pieces. Of course if you made two of these to make a double layer with buttercream frosting in between you may be able to increase to 20 servings.

homemade cream cheese frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Easy

You can either whip up (literally) this easy frosting on high speed in your stand mixer, or just use a tub of ready made cake batter frosting. If you have followed The Typical Mom blog at all you know that simple is how I strive to cook and bake. With kids, working full time, and renovating houses on the side as a couple…we’re busy!

We don’t live near many stores though, and the ones close aren’t fancy. SO…if there is an occasion it is kinda’ up to me to bake whatever we need.

Sheet Pan Cake

The reason I love this is how versatile it is. Serve it as is after dinner, bake 3 and layer them to serve a crowd after a BBQ, or cut it in half to make a smaller 2 layer cake so it’s “fancier”. This is about how thick it turns out if you use the recipe below.

pumpkin cake

Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

For any other flavor you can just use your favorite recipe that you’d normally bake in a 9×13″ baking pan.

Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe

OR use 1 box of cake mix and add ingredients listed right on the box!! It is recommended to make 2 of them and layer with filling or frosting in the middle to make it thicker of course. My favorite is this moist Devil’s Food boxed mix, or carrot cake.

Just follow the directions on the back of the box and pour chocolate mixture into a prepared pan with non stick spray or parchment paper is even better.

A great mix for gluten free chocolate sheet cake is this one. Baking time and temperature is the same whether it’s homemade or boxed. Looking for more sheet cake recipes? Use these batters with the new large pan you just got and you can make a whole bunch of different flavors!

  • Pistachio cake is incredible and something different to serve as a birthday cake or just because.
  • This chocolate cherry dump cake uses 3 ingredients and comes out great this way too. Add chocolate frosting for a wallop of flavor.

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Our pumpkin pie sheet cake uses this large flat pan too. Yes it is a hit during the Fall but we love this flavor so much we make it year round.

Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake

I love using my KitchenAid but you could easily use a hand mixer on medium speed to combine all the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. At the end use an offset spatula to ensure you get every ounce of batter into the pan to bake.

Half Sheet Cake

  • Using a mixer, beat eggs and sugar together. Slowly add the oil.
  • Add pumpkin and beat until light and fluffy
  • In a bowl mix together dry ingredients and incorporate until batter is smooth.
  • Pour batter into a non stick 12×18″ or 12×16″ baking sheet pan (with large lips).
  • Put into a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 16-20 minutes or until middle springs back when touched lightly with your fingertip.
  • Allow to cool in pan completely before frosting.
  • In a bowl beat cream cheese and butter together, then add vanilla. Add powdered sugar gradually until it is as thick as you want it to be.

If you want chocolate, add about 1-2 heaping Tbsp of cocoa powder into the mix. Taste, add more if you want a stronger flavor.

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1/2 Sheet Cake

This 1 / 2 sheet cake recipe can use any homemade batter you like or choose boxed cake mix if you want a quick treat to serve a crowd!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, easy, pumpkin, sheet cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 365kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer, or hand held, beat eggs and sugar together. Slowly add the oil.
  • Add pumpkin and beat until light and fluffy
  • In a bowl mix together dry ingredients and slowly incorporate until batter is smooth.
  • Pour batter into a non stick 12×18" or 13×18" sheet pan (with large lip on sides).
  • Put into a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 16-20 minutes or until middle springs back when touched lightly with your fingertip. ** If using 1 boxed cake mix prepared as directed on box, bake time is the same.
  • Allow to cool in pan completely before frosting.
  • In a bowl beat cream cheese and butter together, then add vanilla. Add powdered sugar gradually until it is as thick as you want it to be. Frost cake. Slice and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
1/2 Sheet Cake
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 259mg11%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2012IU40%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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