One Cake, Four Desserts: Who Says Baking Isn't Easy?

No matter how you like your dessert, this cake recipe makes something for everyone.

March 06, 2020

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Basic Sheet Pan Cake

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

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We all have our go-to recipe. You know, the one you make over and over again — with a little tweak here and there to make it feel just a little bit different than the version before it. Well, we have another recipe you'll want to add to your list of must-makes: Basic Sheet Pan Cake (pictured above).

This cake is a pretty magical recipe. It's a simple base that can be transformed into four different dishes depending on which technique you follow. Here's what you can make from this four-in-one cake recipe.

Sheet Pan Jelly Roll

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Teri Lyn Fisher

If you've ever tried your hand at this beautiful, but often complicated, cake recipe, you know it's not as simple as just rolling up some frosting in a basic cake. This version flips that philosophy on its head. A sheet pan version of a jelly roll cake takes a basic sheet pan sponge cake, rolls it while it's warm enough to hold the rolled shape and fills it with strawberry jam for a simple, yet beautiful, baked treat. Learn how to make this cake on the Food Network Kitchen app now.

Sheet Pan Petit Fours

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Teri Lyn Fisher

Instead of making each mini cake individually, this recipe calls for the sheet pan sponge cake to be cut up and layered with a ganache. You'll form adorable bite-sized cakes that are ideal for any spring party. We could see these working well for a baby shower or Easter brunch.

Sheet Pan Trifle

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Teri Lyn Fisher

Turn a sheet pan sponge cake into a layered dessert with minimal effort. We love being able to see so many distinct layers of varying colors. This trifle makes a pretty centerpiece to any dessert table.

Sheet Pan Ice Cream Cake

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Teri Lyn Fisher

Ready for warmer weather? Us too! Until summer comes our way, we'll be perfecting our ice cream cake skills with this simple version of a summertime classic. This version takes on a Neopolitan flavor with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream topped with a drippy chocolate shell.

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