If you want to try your hand at baking a cake from scratch (read: you're ready to graduate from boxed mix), but you're intimidated by layer cakes, then the sheet cake is your answer. Simply pour the batter into one big baking sheet and you're done — no leveling, no stacking, no frosting the sides, no stress!
And while sheet cakes are beloved for their simplicity, this version still manages to feel a little fancy, thanks to the addition of matcha in both the cake and the frosting.
A cross between a brownie and chocolate cake, this fudgy batter whips up in one bowl. Simply mix some white sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, matcha, eggs, and oil until well-combined; sift in the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt; and then slowly pour in some boiling water until the batter is smooth. Once the sheet cake is baked, then comes the fun part — frosting!
This homemade buttercream frosting gets its light-green hue from the matcha powder. The author says you can "frost as desired," but I love the way she chose to decorate the top of her cake. Those rows of swirly buttercream roses are so mesmerizing, aren't they?
The best part about a sheet cake is that it's perfect for parties or potlucks, as it's much easier to transport than a towering layer cake, and it's super simple to cut into squares for serving. Have I convinced you yet? Good. Happy baking!
→ Get the Recipe: Matcha Fudge Sheet Cake from Modest Marce