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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. ↑

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

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!

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.

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!

Overhead shot of frosted vanilla sheet cake slices in a rectangle baking pan.

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

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! #chocolatecake #cakerecipes #sheetcake

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Enjoy!

A slice of vanilla sheet cake served on a small white plate with a fork.
5 from 4 votes
Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Yields: 16 slices
Calories: 454 kcal
Deliciously moist and fluffy vanilla infused sheet cake topped with a rich and creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting, and sprinkled with mini marshmallows!
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Ingredients
For the Cake
  • 2 and 1/4 cups cake flour* 225g
  • 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 caster/granulated sugar 225g
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 90ml
  • 3/4 cup Greek-style yogurt 180g
For the Frosting
  • 1 cup cream cheese 225g, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115g, softened
  • 5 cups icing/powdered sugar 625g
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder 50g
  • 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. Gradually fold in the dry ingredients.

  4. 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. 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. Add more milk if needed.

  3. 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.

The calories are an estimate only.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Adriana Lopez Martin
    13th February 2018 at 11:09 pm

    This Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting is such a classic. You never go wrong with a good yellow cake and chocolate on top. I need a slice =)

  • Reply
    Monica | Nourish & Fete
    13th February 2018 at 11:13 pm

    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. 🙂

    • Reply
      Marsha
      14th February 2018 at 7:59 am

      Thank you, Monica! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jill
    13th February 2018 at 11:37 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      14th February 2018 at 7:58 am

      They really are!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    13th February 2018 at 11:46 pm

    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. 😉

    • Reply
      Marsha
      14th February 2018 at 7:57 am

      The frosting is SO good on its own! 😉

  • Reply
    Heidy
    13th February 2018 at 11:52 pm

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

  • Reply
    Demeter | Beaming Baker
    15th February 2018 at 7:19 pm

    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

    • Reply
      Marsha
      15th February 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks, Demeter! 🙂 xoxo

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