Video: How to Bake a Basic Sheet Cake

Achieve fluffy sponge cake perfection

A good sponge sheet cake makes for the perfect foundation for a wide variety of desserts. Whether you're preparing a jelly roll, a yule log, or a layer cake with icing, you'll want to start with a light, fluffy, evenly baked cake for the best final result possible. A few tips to keep in mind:

  • Beat the eggs with the sugar until the batter becomes pale, fluffy, and falls in ribbons when the beaters are lifted.
  • Gently fold in flour, butter, and vanilla one at a time until completely incorporated into the batter. Fold quickly and gently to avoid deflating the batter too much.
  • Spread the batter evenly across a buttered and floured baking sheet, making sure the batter reaches all the corners and edges of the pan. Don't tap it on the counter, which can further deflate it.
  • Try baking the cake in a convection oven; the evenly circulating hot air will help achieve a uniform rise and color.