Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake with Almonds and Cinnamon

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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 313 kcal
Author Jessica Fisher


  • 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


  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.