Yield: 24 servings

Chocolate Buttermilk Sheet Cake Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Easy one bowl Chocolate Buttermilk Sheet Cake recipe. Fudgy buttermilk frosting on top! Perfect for a crowd, or freeze for later.


For the cake:

For the icing:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup sprinkles, optional, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Spray half sheet pan (size approximately 18x13-inches, I use this one from Amazon) with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. For the cake, in a large bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until blended.
  3. Add in the eggs, oil, buttermilk, and hot water. Whisk together until fully combined. Pour into prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, until edges pull away from the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.
  5. While cake is cooling, prepare chocolate icing. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, buttermilk, and cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat as soon as it boils.
  6. Pour chocolate mixture into a mixing bowl and add in the powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Pour over cake (it's okay if the cake isn't completely cooled). Add sprinkles.
  7. Cool completely and enjoy!


To freeze, once the icing has hardened and set, and the cake is completely cooled, slice into portions. Using an airtight container, place pieces of cake in layers separated by wax paper. Freeze. When ready to enjoy, remove from freezer and allow to thaw at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 261mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 3g

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

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