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One-Bowl Sheet Chocolate Sheet Cake with Fudge-y Simple Frosting

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 1 (13x9-inch) sheet cake

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Fudge-y Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips melted
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or buttermilk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To Make the Cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 9x13-inch rectangular cake pan with parchment paper.
  • In a the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer), add the flour, sugar, powder, instant espresso, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix, on low speed, until combined.
  • Crack in the eggs, pour in the buttermilk, water, olive oil and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. The batter will be thin—that’s ok!
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 25 to 35 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the cake pan for about 5 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack and cool until room temperature before frosting.

To Make the Frosting:

  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the paddle attachment, add the butter and powdered sugar; beat until smooth and fluffy, about a minutes. Pour in the chocolate, sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat again until smooth, about 1 minute.

To Frost the Cake:

  • Scoop the frosting onto the top of the cake and make a bunch of swoops, decorating the top how you like. Sprinkle with a handful of sprinkles.
  • Cut and serve. If you want nice, neat slice, transfer to the fridge to chill for about 15 minutes and then slice and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g