I've managed to avoid making sheet cakes so far, but now have an order for a couple of them. Could you tell me how high you typically make your sheet cakes? How many of you do single-layer and how many include a filling? Can I assume that most serving charts are for single-layer sheet cakes? Thank you!
I like filling in my cakes, so I do 2 layer 1'' tall each. the finished sheet cake is just under 3'' once you fill and frost it
1 layer is a sheet cake. Both 2" and 3" is acceptable heights. Sometimes, I do split and fill the single layer. Serving charts for sheet cakes are for single layers.
I despise flat cakes with no filling, so all of my sheet cakes (which refers to a SIZE, not a type or style) are two layers, 2" tall each, with filling. I don't do Sam's-style cakes, sorry. For ease and convenience, I bake 2 layers. I don't try to bake one 4" tall 1/2 sheet cake and torte it.
Thanks to everyone for the information. It seems like everyone does things a little bit differently, but this gives me a good idea what I want to do. I agree that having a filling in the middle makes a cake so much better and makes it stand out from Costco, Sam's Club, etc. Let's hope it stands out from these cakes in other ways, too.
a 2 layer (2-2") is a layer cake with the same dimensions as a sheet cake which is completely different from a sheet or slab cake which is, by definition, a single layer of cake.
I, too, have questions about sheet cakes. What are the exact dimensions? Is there a pan that large, or do you butt 2 squares up against each other to make one long cake? Finally, if you do put 2 square cakes side-by-side, how can you make sure that they're exactly the same height so that it looks like a single, level cake? Thanks for any help you can give me!!!!
The industry standard for a FULL SHEET is either 16" x 24" or 18" x 26". A quarter sheet is 9" x 13" and a half-sheet is 12" x 16" or 12" x 18". The way you configure a sheet cake is according to how large a pan your oven will accommodate. Personally, I bake two 12" x 18" cakes and butt them up next to each other with some icing in between the two cakes. They can vary a little in height as a perfect level can be achieved with icing...or just level the whole thing, once they are together on the cake board.
I can't thank you, enough, sparklepopz!!!! I've shied away from making a sheet cake, because I had so many questions -- now, I have answers!!!
I've seen 11x17's too.
I also have an 11" x 15" pan. You can find pans in all different dimensions.
My sheet cakes are 2" but once filled and frosted they are atleast 3" high.
Gosh, am I the only one who doesn't fill a sheet cake? Mine are baked in 11X15 pans and are a single layer w/o filling.
No, I don't fill sheets either. Single layer, no filling, iced. Boom. That's it.
.......The industry standard.......
If you match your cake pan size to the board & sizes sold you will find that a:
full sheet is 24x16 (or1
1/2 sheet is 12x16
1/4 sheet is 12x8
If you put a 9x13 on a 1/4 sheet board there is NO room for icing or borders
It make total scene to match the cake to the board. Why pay extra for a 1/2 sheet board & box to put a 9x13 (so called 1/4 sheet) on?
I also think a sheet cake is only 2" tall; I sometimes will fill either by injection or torting.