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Chocolate Buttermilk Sheet Cake

Chocolate Buttermilk Sheet Cake

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes + 2 hours cooling
  • Cook Time: 15-18 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35-38 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 12 1x


The best part of this easy to bake, rich and decadent chocolate buttermilk sheet cake is that you frost it while the cake is still warm. There’s no waiting for it to cool.


  • For cake
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For frosting
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Sprinkles for decorating, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch rimmed sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. For the cake, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the butter until it has melted followed by the cocoa powder. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk egg and vanilla extract.  Fold the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate mixture until just combined.
  5. Spread the batter into the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the cake springs bake when you gently press it.
  6. While the cake is baking, make the frosting. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, Whisk in the cocoa powder and buttermilk. Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder until combined.
  7. Pour the frosting over the hot cake. Use an offset spatula to spread into an even layer. Decorate with sprinkles as desired.
  8. Let the cake cool and the frosting set before serving, about 2 hours.