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Vanilla Sheet Cake with Malted-Milk-Chocolate Frosting

Recipe photo courtesy of John Kernick

No birthday party would be complete without this classic cake with fluffy frosting.

Source: Everyday Food, September 2011
Total Time Prep Servings



Cook's Notes

A completely cool cake is essential so that the frosting doesn't melt on contact. You can bake the cake a day ahead to ensure a fluffy frosting layer.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • lisaespositow
    3 OCT, 2016
    5 Stars is for the FROSTING. If you love a great chocolate malt or even Whoppers candy, this frosting is for you! I have tried the cake recipe and unfortunately I have to agree with others ... it is dry. I now use vanilla or yellow boxed cake mix and then make this frosting. Since then, this cake has been a hit! It's become a winter holiday staple for me because by using box cake mix it's quick & easy and it looks pretty with white snowflake sprinkles.
  • CiaNahac
    24 JUN, 2012
    Meh ~ this was just ok. There are way better recipes out there for sure, although I would never resort to a box cake mix -- not even for my dog.
  • s4nte
    22 JUN, 2012
    re: adhoc44, who's snoring? if you took a moment to read the recipe, you'd see that some of the butter is creamed in the cake batter and the rest of the butter is used in the frosting. Also, I see salt clearly listed in the ingredients.
  • adhoc44
    22 JUN, 2012
    Vanilla Cake Redux. The ingredient list also omits the salt. That's a big no-no!
  • adhoc44
    22 JUN, 2012
    Please note that the ingredient list calls for 3 1/4 STICKS unsalted butter or almost a full pound but the instructions call for only 3/4th cups butter. Somebody snored all the way through the editting! I will try the recipe again the next time I can afford real butter.
  • bew
    30 SEP, 2011
    I didn't want to believe the first reviewer that the cake was dry. The recipe looked like it should not be dry with the butter, buttermilk, and 4 eggs, but the first words out of my families' mouth was, "This cake is dry!!" They did like the frosting and did not think it was too sweet. Very disappointing. I hate when a recipe fails because I am a pretty good baker. Don't waste you time on this cake.
  • Lmendoza9661
    28 SEP, 2011
    Very disappointing recipe. The cake is dry and the frosting is too sweet. I couldn't eat an entire slice. Make a boxed vanilla cake instead, it's easier and tastes better then this recipe.

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