Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 13, 2010

Weekend Recipe: Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting

In honor of Emily’s birthday, I thought I’d post one of her favorite cakes: yellow with choc frosting.  It comes from Cooking Light and turns out every time (as long as your oven doesn’t go on the fritz!).

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting


  • You can use edible flowers or just line the cake with any flowers!

    1 T flour

  • 1/2 c butter melted
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 t Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 c egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 c low-fat buttermilk (or normal milk)

Preheat oven to 350.  Coat bottom of 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray (but NOT sides); line bottom of pan with wax paper.  Coat it too, then sprinkle 1 T flour on it.  Set aside.

Combine butter and sour cream, whisk.  Add sugar and vanilla.  Beat until mixed.  Add eggs, beat.

Combine dry ingredients.  Alternately mix flour and buttermilk into the egg mixture, beginning and ending with flour (so, flour, milk, flour, milk, flour).  Pour batter into prepared pan and tap it on counter to get out bubbles.  Bake for 30 minutes.


  • 1/2 c (4 oz) fat-free cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa
  • 1-2 T (I use 2) evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 3 c pow’d sugar

Beat the first 3 on high until fluffy (or fluffy-ish).  Add cocoa and evap milk.  Then add pow’d sugar 1 c at a time .

With your wax paper trick, you should be able to pop the cake out on a cookie sheet or, better yet, a pretty cake plate.  Then you can frost the top and sides.  It’s really pretty if you decorate with yellow daisies.



  1. I do love that cake!! I am always emailing out the recipe, too! MUCH cheaper than buying a birthday cake, but still easy enough to make from scratch and feel like you’re adding that extra touch!

  2. Thanks for the confirmation Emily – you are quite the chef when it comes to cooking!

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