Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake

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Feed a crowd easily with this Easy Chocolate Cake studded with almonds and scented with cinnamon. It comes together quicker than a mix cake and tastes amazing!

Easy Chocolate Cake with Almonds and Cinnamon | Good Cheap Eats

You want to know how to be the hit of the party at your next potluck event? Take this cake. Seriously. It takes less than half an hour to make — from start to frosted. It’s full of chocolate, almond, cinnamon-y flavor. It’s smacks of fudge and decadence, but because the cake itself is pretty thin, you won’t easily overindulge.

I baked this cake for a group of moms and kids recently. It is a huge cake, filling my biggest sheet pan. I came home with an empty pan — a clean, empty pan because my friend Rachel is cool like that.

Pro tip: moms should eat their cake BEFORE they call the children inside to get theirs. Just in case you didn’t know that. Remember that! 😉

I first met this recipe when I edited a fundraising cookbook for a pregnancy help center in Santa Barbara. The recipe contributor called it 29-minute Cake. It really is fast. I haven’t actually timed myself making it, but it’s on my list of quick desserts. I mean, the cake itself bakes in 10 to 11 minutes. Brilliant.

Another bonus? You don’t have to cool the cake before you frost it. In fact, the icing is hot and you pour it onto the hot cake, spread it fast so it doesn’t clump — it cools quickly — and then walk away.

Or just dig in. It’s so good, you’ll won’t want to wait.

I’ve embellished the original recipe with almond extract and toasted, slivered almonds. I also slipped in some ground cinnamon because I love the cinnamon and chocolate combination.

How Do You Make A Chocolate Sheet Cake? 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a 11×17-inch sheet pan with parchment paper and spray the edges with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon. Whisk to blend.
  3. In a medium saucepan place 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, water and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder. Bring to a boil, stirring.
  4. Pour the hot cocoa mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture, and blend well with a hand mixer. Add the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Beat well. The batter will be thin. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through. Place on a rack in the pan.
  5. Meanwhile, in the same sauce pan, melt the remaining stick (1/2 cup) butter. Add the remaining 4 tablespoon cocoa powder and the milk. Bring just to a boil. Pour into a mixing bowl with the almond extract and powdered sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Keep beating until the cake comes out of the oven.
  6. Immediately spread the hot icing on the hot cake. The icing will harden quickly. Sprinkle the almonds over the icing and allow it to set.

Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake slice on a plate

How Many Does A Sheet Cake Feed?

This sheet pan will make a generous 12 servings. 

You can easily get 16 slices out of it as well. 

Can You Freeze Chocolate Sheet Cake?

I mean if you have any left then by all means. Yes you can freeze it.

Pro Tip: Allow the cake to be cooled completely and freeze it completely first before wrapping it up. Then you can place the cake slices in a plastic bag for up to 3 months.

Just let it thaw at room temperature before serving. 

I’m a big fan of freezing my baked goods. You can grab a FREE cheatsheet here on how to freeze your baked goods

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Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake with Almonds and Cinnamon
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Feed a crowd easily with this Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake studded with almonds and scented with cinnamon. It comes together quicker than a mix cake and tastes amazing!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bundt cake, chocolate
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 313 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 sticks butter divided usage
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons cocoa powder divided usage
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup slivered toasted almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a 11x17-inch sheet pan with parchment paper and spray the edges with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon. Whisk to blend.
  3. In a medium saucepan place 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, water and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder. Bring to a boil, stirring.
  4. Pour the hot cocoa mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture, and blend well with a hand mixer. Add the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Beat well. The batter will be thin. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through. Place on a rack in the pan.
  5. Meanwhile, in the same sauce pan, melt the remaining stick (1/2 cup) butter. Add the remaining 4 tablespoon cocoa powder and the milk. Bring just to a boil. Pour into a mixing bowl with the almond extract and powdered sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Keep beating until the cake comes out of the oven.
  6. Immediately spread the hot icing on the hot cake. The icing will harden quickly. Sprinkle the almonds over the icing and allow it to set.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake with Almonds and Cinnamon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 55g61%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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Comments

  1. Alice E says

    Yummy, I like the idea of the cinnamon. But I do think you mean ‘boil’ not bowl in instruction # 3.

    • Janel Piersma says

      Thanks for catching that! It is fixed. 🙂

  2. Kirstin says

    It looks great. I guess it’s the almond version of Texas sheet cake.

  3. Sandi says

    3 whole sticks of butter in one cake… did Pioneer Woman submit that original recipe? It does sound quick and easy but golly.

    • Haha! I don’t have too many of those recipes around here. In my defense, it feeds a lot. And most buttercream frosting has a cup of butter anyway….

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