Three Easy Cakes To Make From Scratch

Three Easy Cakes To Make From Scratch

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Can you use three easy cakes to make from scratch? I know summer is coming and we are starting to hear about family reunions. I love taking cakes to family reunions. I can still remember a very yummy cake that Mark’s aunt brought to the Loosli family reunion every year. I swear we all fought to get in line to get a piece of her cake. It was a white sheet cake, topped with real whipping cream and topped with homegrown elderberries or loganberries in a rich gooey sauce. Oh my goodness, I can almost taste it, right now!

Have you heard about the famous chocolate Texas sheet cake? I’m not sure if it was REALLY a Texas cake or not. Maybe it started in Texas, I don’t know. In Utah, we tend to take this cake to every funeral or family reunion because it’s easy to make and serves a lot of people. I think anything with chocolate is always my favorite. So let’s get started with three of my favorite easy cakes to make from scratch.

Easy Cakes:

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake


  • 1/2 cup butter or one cube
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa-dry
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon real salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  1. Put the butter, water, and oil in a medium size pan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, salt, and vanilla. Blend in the slightly beaten eggs and buttermilk. Pour into a greased cookie sheet 12″ by 17″ or a 9″ by 13″ cake pan. Bake the cakes @ 350 degrees. Bake the cookie sheet cake approx. 20 minutes. Bake the 9″ by 13″ cake pan for approx. 37 minutes.
  2. Frosting: melt one cube butter in a saucepan, add 4 tablespoons cocoa and 5 tablespoons milk. Bring to a boil. Mix in 4 cups powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour over cake while it’s still warm. This cake is very moist and never has any leftovers.
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PRINTABLE recipe: Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake by Food Storage Moms

Carrot Cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups shredded/grated carrots
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, sugar, soda, seasonings, and oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and thoroughly mix together. Grease a bundt cake pan or two 9-inch cake pans. You can also make 24 cupcakes.

Baking times:

Bundt cake: bake 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Two-9-inch cake pans: 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Cupcakes: bake approximately 20-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

PRINTABLE Recipe: Carrot Cake by Food Storage Moms

PRINTABLE recipe: Cream Cheese Frosting by Food Storage Moms

Oatmeal Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

1-1/4 cup boiling water

1 cup regular uncooked oatmeal (not instant)

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Pour the boiling water over the oatmeal and let it set for 20 minutes. Grab a bowl, use a mixer to beat the butter until creamy, add the sugars and beat until fluffy. Blend in the vanilla and eggs and thoroughly blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and mix them together. Pour into greased pan and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees, depending on altitude. While the cake is baking mix the frosting recipe below and spread carefully on the cake after it is done. Put the cake back in the oven and broil until the glaze bubbles.

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Frosting, combine the following ingredients and spread on the hot baked cake:

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons cream

1/3 cup chopped nuts

3/4 cup shredded coconut

PRINTABLE recipe: Oatmeal Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze by Food Storage Moms

Sometimes we just need to make some easy cakes and enjoy a treat with family, friends, and neighbors. Who wouldn’t love a piece of cake from a friend? Thanks again for following my blog and giving me input so we can learn together.

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KitchenAid KHM512ER 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, Empire Red

Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″

Top Rated Bellemain Stainless Steel Non-Slip Mixing Bowls with Lids, 4 Piece Set Includes 1 Qt., 1.5 Qt., 3 Qt. & 5 Qt.


  1. I think I gained a pound just looking at the recipes. Yum.

  2. Gosh they all look good! I’m a “freshly ground grain flour” girl…so I’ll sub that…and trade out the sugars for sucanat…..but, what easy-peasy-yummy-tasty recipes they appear to be. Now….what to make first…….???

    • Hi, Robin, oh yes, you can substitute freshly ground flour! I love hearing your ideas! I have to have easy recipes that are quick to make and I have the ingredients at home. I want to make carrot cake right now because I have some carrots in the frig! Hugs, Linda

  3. I’ve copied all 3 recipes. My 81 yr old mom loves the Texas Sheet cake. And since I have a house full of chocolate lovers, I know we wont have any left. LOL I have always loved baking from scratch. I have gluten free bread in the oven right now. So I think I will try a gluten free version of this also. Thank you for continuing to be absolutely awesome. God Bless.

    • Hi Judy, oh my gosh, gluten free bread in the oven, I love hearing that! I love chocolate, I have eight containers of Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa in my storage. I can’t be without chocolate. My daughter made a Vegan version of the cake, I’m sure gluten-free would work! Hugs, Linda

  4. Made the Texas Sheet Cake yesterday. Oh, gosh! Sooooo delish. Posted it on my FB page….and had everybody swooning! Thanks again for the recipes! Going to make them all.

    • Robin, oh my gosh, I need to make one. I have some buttermilk in the frig staring in the face. When my husband turned 70 last year and my daughters had a surprise party for him, my daughter made that Texas Sheet cake for the group that stopped by to celebrate. I will only admit to YOU that I had TWO pieces. I LOVE that cake. Hugs, Linda

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