KITCHEN WIT AND WISDOM: Let them eat sheet cake

There’s nothing much faster than baking a sheet cake to feed the hordes.

Most everybody has had the occasion when they had to make a quick cake for a crowd; perhaps a pot luck, dessert, or unexpected company, and there’s nothing much faster than baking a sheet cake to feed the hordes.

When I wore a younger woman’s clothes, I didn’t realize there was a name for these sorts of cakes. I just wanted a cake big enough to serve a lot of people and would simply mix up one of my favourite moist cake recipes and pour it into the largest pan I owned, like the jelly roll pan for instance, or a cookie sheet (something  learned from being raised in a family of 10).

Sheet cakes usually end up slightly less than two-inches deep – perfect for some of us watching the waist line (well, OK that might just be my reasoning). These cakes are almost always iced or at a minimum, will have a sweet topping on them. My favourite is a cream cheese icing.

Today I have two simple sheet cake recipes for you to try. The great thing about these are that they freeze extremely well so you can have them on hand in your freezer for those times people drop in unexpectedly.

Pineapple Sheet Cake Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup chopped nuts

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained

In a large bowl, combine cake ingredients; beat until smooth. Pour into a greased 15-inch-by-10-inch-by one-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Cool.

For icing, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cake and sprinkle with nuts.

Yield: about 24 servings.

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin

2 cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

4 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

FROSTING:

1 package (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened

5 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 to 4 teaspoons milk

Chopped nuts or  sprinkle of cinnamon

In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar and oil until blended. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture, beating until well blended.  Pour into a greased 15-inch-by-10-inch-by one-inch baking pan baking pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until smooth. Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake. Sprinkle with nuts or cinnamon.

Yield: 20 to 24 servings.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Okanagan Sleigh & Wagon are on board for the 2020/2021 season up at SilverStar Mountain. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Horse sleigh rides on board at SilverStar

Okanagan Sleigh & Wagon running fourth year of magical adventures

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is looking to the community to support its programming, which VantageOne Credit Union is matching for Giving Tuesday. (VPAG image)
Vernon art gallery gets a boost for Giving Tuesday

VantageOne Credit Union matching donations

Vernon’s fall leaf clear bag pick-up program is experiencing a slight delay, the city said Nov. 24, 2020. (Stock photo)
Vernon leaf pick-up program delayed

A higher participation rate has put the program slightly behind schedule

Evergreens, especially berry-producing varieties, can provide colour and interest to your garden in the winter snows. (Pixabay photo)
A Gardener’s Diary: Coldframes give leg up on spring planting

Columnist Jocelyne Sewell plans winter planting ahead of December

A new dog licensing program, a partnership of the Regional District of North Okanagan and DocuPet, has raised more than $1,600 for the Vernon and District branch of the BC SPCA since its launch three weeks ago. (Photo submitted)
New program raising funds for Vernon SPCA branch

More than $1,600 raised in three weeks since the new dog licensing program started

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A fentanyl test strip is used at Vancouver Coastal Health in Vancouver, Tuesday, January, 21, 2020. The test strips will be made available to drug users to ensure that their drugs are safe and free of Fentanyl. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Drug overdoses lead to 5 deaths each day in October; drug toxicity continues to increase

COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate the overdose crisis

The City of Salmon Arm erected a fence around the Ross Street Plaza on Nov. 24/2020, citing reasons centering on safety and security due to camping by people who don’t have homes. The closure is temporary but it’s not known when it will be reopened. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
City of Salmon Arm erects fence around public plaza to prevent camping

Lieutenant says lack of public space affects people without homes but he understands city’s decision

An employee of the Adventure Hotel was taken to hospital on Nov. 20 after she confronted a customer of Empire Coffee about not wearing a mask. File photo.
Nelson hotel employee suffers heart attack after being assaulted in anti-mask incident

An accountant at the Adventure Hotel is in hospital in Kelowna

Interior Health and School District 83 are responding to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure at the Salmon Arm Secondary Sullivan campus. (File photo)
COVID-19 exposure confirmed at Salmon Arm Secondary Sullivan campus

School District 83 says member of school community self-isolating at home

Gord Portman has been reunited with his dog Zippy after reaching out to the community for help covering the cost of Zippy’s surgery. Zippy had successful mouth surgery Nov. 19, 2020 and has made a full recovery since. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Penticton rallies to save dog’s life

Gord Portman reached out to the community to help with the cost of his dog’s surgery

Ashley Stone’s Village App is one of the semi-finalists for the Total Mom Pitch. (The Village App - Facebook)
Kelowna mom’s app semi-finalist in Canada’s Total Mom Pitch

Ashley Stone is developing an app called Village, a community-based messaging platform where people can ask for and offer help

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Refuse to follow B.C.’s mask mandate? Face a $230 fine

Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older

Most Read