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Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting – Deliciously moist and fluffy vanilla infused sheet cake topped with a rich and creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting, and sprinkled with mini marshmallows!

Vanilla sheet cake topped with frosting in a rectangle baking pan.

You’ve tried and loved my Perfect Vanilla Sheet Cake and my Chocolate Sheet Cake, so today I bring you a new sheet cake to impress your guests with – Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting!

If you love traditional vanilla cake, and chocolate cream cheese frosting, then this cake is for you.

This cake has definitely become a favourite in my house. 

Overhead shot of vanilla sheet cake topped with frosting and mini marshmallows in a rectangle baking pan.
A close-up of chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting.

Rich and creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting right there. ↑

Ingredients you’ll need

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make this cake. You can find my recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list with their amounts.

For the cake:

  • Cake flour: See my recipe notes below on how to make your own cake flour.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Large eggs: You’ll need 3, at room temperature.
  • Caster/granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil
  • Greek-style yogurt: OR you can replace with buttermilk or sour cream.

For the frosting:

  • Cream cheese: Softened to room temperature.
  • Unsalted butter: Softened.
  • Icing/powdered sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk

How to make Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

To make this cake, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Whisk together the eggs. Add the sugar, and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla extract, oil, and yogurt, and whisk until combined.

Gradually fold in the dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into a well-greased 13×9-inch baking pan, and spread out evenly. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before frosting.

For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.

Add half of the icing sugar, and beat until smooth and combined. Add the remaining icing sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and milk, and beat until smooth and spreadable.

Add more milk if needed.

Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled cake, and top with your favourite toppings. Slice and serve.

Forget fancy layer cakes, this vanilla sheet cake is the perfect cake to serve at any party or special occasion. It’s such a simple cake to make, yet it looks so impressive – everyone will love it!

The printable recipe card with the FULL list of ingredients and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.

NOTE: For best results, I highly recommend using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup measurements.

Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough, and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.

Overhead shot of vanilla sheet cake and a single slice in a rectangle pan.
Side-view of a vanilla sheet cake slice being lifted out of the baking pan.
Overhead shot of frosted vanilla sheet cake slices in a rectangle baking pan.

This Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting is:

  • incredibly moist, and so fluffy!
  • has the perfect ratio of cake and frosting
  • topped with a rich, creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting
  • garnished with mini marshmallows (but you can add any topping!)
  • a perfect dessert for birthdays and parties

Want a slice?

This cake will serve 12 big slices, or about 16 smallers slices. Plenty to feed a crowd! If you happen to have leftover cake, it will keep fresh, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Wanna make this cake a day in advance? Cover and store at room temperature, and keep the frosting in the fridge until ready to use!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and hashtag it #marshasbakingaddiction. I’d love to see!

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A slice of vanilla sheet cake served on a small white plate with a fork.

Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 16 slices
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Deliciously moist and fluffy vanilla infused sheet cake topped with a rich and creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting, and sprinkled with mini marshmallows!

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 2 and 1/4 cups (280g) cake flour*
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 and 1/8 cups (225g) caster/granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (90ml) vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (180g) Greek-style yogurt

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup (225g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups (625g) icing/powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (50g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

For the Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, and grease a 13x9-inch pan. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the eggs. Add the sugar, and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla extract, oil, and yogurt, and whisk until combined.
  4. Gradually fold in the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and spread out evenly. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before frosting.

For the Frosting

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add half of the icing sugar, and beat until smooth and combined. Add the remaining icing sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and milk, and beat until smooth and spreadable.
  3. Add more milk if needed.
  4. Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled cake, and garnish with your favourite toppings. Slice and serve!

Notes

*Make your own cake flour! Measure out 2 and 1/4 cups (280g) of plain/all-purpose flour, remove 4 tablespoons, and replace with 4 tablespoons of cornflour/cornstarch. Sift well.

Leftover cake can be stored, covered tightly, in the fridge for up to 3 days. Frosted or unfrosted cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

This cake can be made 1 day in advance, covered, and stored at room temperature. Cover the frosting, and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 1gSugar: 66gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Demeter | Beaming Baker

Thursday 15th of February 2018

Those frosting swirls on top are AMAZING!! Marsha, you never cease to amaze me with your gorgeous photography and food styling. I was just thinking a great sheet cake was in order! Love it & pinning of course! xoxo

Marsha

Thursday 15th of February 2018

Thanks, Demeter! :) xoxo

Heidy

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

The Southern part of me loves a good old sheet cake and your recipe looks Devine!

Valentina

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

Yes, I want a slice! Are you kidding me? Seriously, this looks so yummy -- especially that frosting. Guessing I'd eat it with a spoon and be lucky to have any left for my cake. ;-)

Marsha

Wednesday 14th of February 2018

The frosting is SO good on its own! ;)

Jill

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

I can never resist a good cake and this one looks really good! Plus I'm all about ease of decorating - sheet cakes are the best!

Marsha

Wednesday 14th of February 2018

They really are!

Monica | Nourish & Fete

Tuesday 13th of February 2018

Oh my gosh, this looks SO good. I have to say I am coming around to really see the beauty of sheet cakes - every bit as delicious as a layer cake, and so much more accessible! I especially love those thick frosting swirls and the sweet little marshmallows bedecking the top. Beautifully done, as always. :)

Marsha

Wednesday 14th of February 2018

Thank you, Monica! :)

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