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Chocolate Sheet Cake

Food | February 10, 2017 | Nik Manojlovich
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Looking for a rich, flavourful cake that goes with everything from ice cream and berries to custard and mousse? This CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE ranks number one!

I have a longstanding love of chocolate cake, and I’m sure many of you must share this passion; having a never-fail recipe at the ready is essential. I use this recipe for desserts that have a number of components. This cake seals the deal serving as the bottoms of both Baked Alaska and our Valentine’s Dessert Recipe. It also works really well as the platform for ginger ice cream, drizzled with salted caramel sauce. So many applications, one terrific crumb and flavour profile.

Here’s what to expect when you make it.

1) BUTTER – It’s essential that the butter be at room temperature before you whip it with the brown sugar.

2) COFFEE AND COCOA – I’ve seen recipes that call for milk as the wet ingredient, but I like adding coffee to bring out the cocoa flavour. If caffeine bothers you, use decaffeinated coffee or substitute the coffee with boiling water.

3) CINNAMON – The addition of ground cinnamon is something I started doing a few years back, while making a recipe for the holidays, as a nice compliment to the chocolate and coffee. I find it especially pleasing if you’re serving the cake with berries and creamy confections.

4) SHAPE – This recipe produces a very thin cake – about ¾-inch high. I’ve only ever baked this cake on a 13-by-18-inch rimmed baking sheet. Although you may be thinking “jelly roll”, I caution against it; this cake is too dense and will crack if you attempt to roll it. It’s better used when cut into slabs or shapes.

The essential CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE recipe – rich-tasting and dense-crumbed with a heavenly chocolatey taste.


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Ingredients & Amounts

  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ cup of premium cocoa powder
  • cups of brewed coffee, hot
  • cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • cups of packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup of buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract


  1. Place rack in centre position of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line a 13-by-18-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. Place chopped chocolate and cocoa in another bowl. Add hot coffee and whisk until chocolate and cocoa dissolve.
  3. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed for about five minutes or until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of bowl a few times during the process. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Slowly add in the vanilla and buttermilk. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly alternate adding the flour mixture in three parts, and the chocolate-coffee mixture in two parts.
  4. Pour batter onto the baking sheet and spread out evenly using a spatula. Tap the baking sheet on the counter a few times to eliminate any air bubbles. Transfer to preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. The cake is done when the centre bounces back when poked with your finger.
  5. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before turning cake out onto a sheet of parchment. Remove and discard parchment, cut cake into desired slices or shapes. Use as a base in dessert recipe or, serve with berries or creamy confections of your choice.
Listen on MUSIC

Listening to great music is an important part of every Weekend at the Cottage! This album, like this chocolate cake recipe is one of my ultimate favourites. I listened to it constantly throughout university and certainly love it as much today. Head to iTunes to download DARE – The Human League to your collection. These are the Things that Dreams Are Made Of!

Nik Manojlovich

Nik is the creator, host and brains behind Weekend at the Cottage. He loves sharing his wisdom and experience about the things that interest him most.



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