Sheet Cake

Easy One-Pan Recipes for Every Day and Every Occasion: A Baking Book

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A totally new take on fuss-free baking with 50 easy-to-master recipes that put an inventive spin on beloved classic cakes, using one sheet pan and minimal supplies.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times • Minneapolis Star Tribune Taste of Home

Baking, and especially baking cakes, can be difficult, messy, and a big time commitment. With baking guru and award-winning cookbook author Abigail Johnson Dodge's simplicity-forward approach, you'll be whipping up impressive and delicious sheet cakes of all kinds, no matter your skill level—all you need is a sheet pan and a sweet tooth.

Abby teaches you how to build spectacular sheet cake creations with her three techniques for assembly—classic, stacked, and rolled—along with everything else you need to turn your cake into a masterpiece. Sheet Cake will be your go-to for birthday cakes, housewarming sweets, just-because treats, and dessert for every occasion (special or otherwise) with tried-and-true options like Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse, and Boston Cream and fun, new flavors such as Salty Pretzel Caramel Cake, Fluffernutter, and Chai Mango. With endless options for variation and customization with flavors and frostings, Sheet Cake will be your new favorite resource to find a cake you're guaranteed to love.

Under the Cover

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As a cookbook author, recipe developer, and instructor, I've spent my career streamlining, demystifying, and modernizing baking for home bakers of all experience levels. My goal is always to guide you through each recipe, offering all the instructions, tips, and techniques you’ll need for baking with confidence and success.

Sheet Cake exemplifies and highlights this philosophy. Within its pages you’ll discover that one half-sheet pan—the same one you already own and use for shortcut dinners—is the only pan you need to create fun and festive cakes that are surprisingly easy to make. No matter which cake style you choose—classic, stacked, or rolled—it will bake in a fraction of the time that traditional cake layers take, it will cool even faster, and it can be ready to serve, in many cases, in under an hour. I’ve laid out fifty cakes, teamed with soaks (sometimes optional), frostings, and, when applicable, fillings, along with some tasty accompaniments that add to the cake’s already great flavors. With so many fillings and frostings, soaks and sauces, the mix-and-match options are practically endless. Experiment and have some fun creating new cake combos.

The goal of these cake recipes is not to create something perfect. It doesn’t matter a lick if your finished cake looks like mine, or if the roll is cracked or the stacked cake is lopsided, or if the frosting is speckled with cake crumbs. What you baked with care will still taste delicious and will tickle the taste buds of your family and friends.

I am always here to help, so if you have questions or need some baking encouragement, please visit me at and “Ask Abby.” I can’t wait to hear from you!

- About the author -

Abigail Johnson Dodge is the author of eleven cookbooks, including The Everyday Baker--a James Beard Foundation Finalist and IACP Cookbook Award Winner. She is a widely respected food writer, acclaimed instructor, and media personality. Abby was the founding test kitchen director at Fine Cooking magazine, where she served as a contributing editor and writer for over twenty-five years. She has also written and contributed to dozens of popular, well respected online and print media outlets. She hosts a monthly column on Cook the Vineyard called Baking Together and her online baking classes can be found on Craftsy.

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