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5 Easy Ways to Dress Up Your Sheet Cake

Created August 3, 2023
Dress Up Your Sheet Cake
These sheet cake ideas may be quick, but they are anything but basic. Grab a Betty cake mix, dress it up with your favorite frosting plus a sweet but simple garnish and before you know it, everyone will be asking for your recipe.

Start with a Betty Crocker Cake Mix and Add the Perfect Toppings

Who doesn’t love a good sheet cake? It’s a classic birthday and special occasion treat that’s fun to make. And the best part? A sheet cake is the perfect canvas for your creativity — there are so many different options for frosting and garnishing. But what if your creative spark doesn’t match the time you have to make it come to life? We’ve got five perfect solutions that fit your skill and your schedule, and Betty Crocker is the first ingredient in all of them!

While these five sheet cake topping ideas are quick and easy, they're anything but basic. Begin with a Betty Crocker cake mix, whip up your go-to homemade frosting or grab a Betty Crocker frosting, garnish and let the fun begin! You’ll even have time left over to lick the bowl…or find the perfect outfit to match the occasion.

Be a Smart Cookie

Crushed or chopped-up cookies make not only a perfectly crunchy ice cream topping but also a quick and delicious garnish for frosted sheet cakes. We love a Grasshopper cake, which uses mint sandwich cookies — it’s an unexpected twist for an everyday gathering. (If mint isn’t for you, regular sandwich cookies will do perfectly well, too!). Chop and spread across mint frosting along with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and you’ll arrive at a simple and uniquely irresistible dessert.

Dress It in Chocolate

Is there anything that chocolate doesn’t go with? From melted chocolate to buttercream chocolate frosting, there are so many chocolate choices for your sheet cake. Our particular favorite is this easy Chocolate Ganache recipe. Made with whipping cream and semisweet chocolate, it comes together in just 15 minutes and the glaze is absolutely beautiful.

The rich, delicious flavor will win over any chocolate-loving crowd. It might go with just about any cake mix, but for the ultimate indulgence, pair it with our Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Delights German Chocolate Cake Mix.

Candy Coat It

There are few cake emergencies that a sweet candy coating can’t solve. The best part? This sweet topping works with nearly every cake mix. Try using a Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Favorites Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix and topping with chocolate frosting and chopped-up candy bars.

For a slightly simpler, quicker option, choose Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Delights Lemon Cake Mix and top with candied lemon slices and lemon buttercream frosting, which only requires four ingredients. It’s the true meaning of easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Go Nuts

Chopped nuts make a terrific topping for decadent, rich chocolate cake mixes. If you have a little bit more time, Chocolate Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Icing is a salty-sweet masterpiece. Easy, creamy, peanut buttery frosting and salted peanut atop Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Favorites Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix make for a mouthwatering, must-have-more dessert.

For a quicker, slightly simpler treat, toasted coconut and whipped cream frosting with Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Favorites Milk Chocolate Cake Mix will do the trick. (Technically, a coconut is considered a fruit, not a nut, but when you’re under a baking time crunch, rules are made to be broken!)

Sprinkle It On

We’ve saved the simplest for last! Take a classic Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Favorites Yellow Cake Mix up a notch with rich fudge frosting and a rainbow of crowd-pleasing sprinkles. Who can resist?! If you want to take your topping one step further, try shaking your favorite colorful or chocolatey cereal over the top of your sheet cake. It’s a snappy solution for a birthday cake that you’re in a hurry to make. Kids will love the extra sugar fix!