Yield: 15 servings

Vanilla Sheet Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Vanilla Sheet Cake - The simple sweetness of a buttery vanilla cake with a soft and moist crumb. This easy classic sheet cake recipe makes an unforgettable birthday cake or dessert for any occasion!


  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs + 2 additional egg whites
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degres F. Grease and flour a 13x9 baking dish, or use baking spray (or use my homemade cake release). Set pan aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine cake flour, salt, and baking powder with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat room temperature butter with granulated sugar for about two minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all the butter and sugar are combined. Add in eggs and egg whites, and vanilla extract. Beat for 2 more minutes.
  4. Alternate additions of the dry ingredients with the buttermilk, beating after each addition (about 3 total). Beat one full minute after all ingredients have been added, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Place on middle rack of the oven and bake for 40-44 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just crumbs.
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  7. Cover with your favorite frosting!


  • Egg Yolks. You'll have two leftover egg yolks after making Vanilla Sheet Cake. Don't let them go to waste! Put them to use with this Easy Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe.
  • Cake flour substitute: If you don't have cake flour, you can make a substitute with all purpose flour and cornstarch. Measure 2 ½ cups of all purpose flour into a bowl. Remove 5 tablespoons of the flour. Replace with 5 tablespoons of cornstarch and combine. Use in the recipe as desired.
  • Bring ingredients to room temperature. Any chilled ingredients should be allowed to come to room temperature for best results. Room temperature butter, eggs and milk blend together more easily and evenly.
  • Make a Flag Cake. Use this recipe base to make the iconic flag cake with fresh strawberries as the stripes, and fresh blueberries as the stars! Pipe extra frosting between the stripes if desired.
  • Funfetti Cake. Add ½-¾ cup of your favorite jimmies (sprinkles) to the cake batter.
  • STORAGE: Store cake at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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