Yummy, Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake

There is nothing tastier that cake.  And this recipe for a Yummy, Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake literally takes the cake for an easy treat!

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Yummy, Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake

The Farmer and I are going to celebrate our 20th anniversary this summer.  It’s been a blessed 20 years, years that I can’t imagine going through without him.  Years that have gone so fast and a wedding that just feels like yesterday.

There are very few wedding or shower gifts that I can remember who gifted them to me.  But one stands out and has had much use.

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See all those spatters on the pages? That’s a sure sign I’ve used this recipe a lot!  The recipe book was given to me by my Aunt Donna.  There are some of her family favorites, recipes she has brought to many family meals and a few favorites from my other aunts.  The one pictures is my Aunt Rita’s Vanilla Sheet Cake.  It makes a big jelly roll pan-sized cake so it perfect to take to the field during spring planting and fall harvest.  This cake makes at least 20 pieces, depending on how big you cut the pieces.  It is perfect to field a crowd!

Start by mixing the sugar and flour together in a bowl.

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Boil butter, oil and water in a saucepan on the stove.  Use butter, not margarine.  Trust me, you can notice the difference in taste!

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You’ll add that mixture to the flour combo and blend.  To that add cinnamon, baking soda, 2 eggs, vanilla and buttermilk.  If you don’t have buttermilk, make your own by adding a splash of lemon juice or vinegar to milk!

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Blend all of that and bake at 350 for 20 minutes in a greased and floured jelly roll pan.  While the cake is baking, make the icing by mixing cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and butter.  This is the best cream cheese icing!

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Once the cake is done, let it cool for just a few minutes.  I like to spread the icing on the cake while it’s still warm.  The icing spreads much easier.

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Doesn’t this look yummy?  Let it cool, if you can resist, and then cut a big piece and enjoy!

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Yummy, Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 20 pieces
The best tasting and easiest cake!
  • 2⅔ c. flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • ½ c. butter
  • ½ c. oil
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ⅔ c. buttermilk
  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • ½ c. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  1. Mix flour and sugar together. Bring butter, oil and water to a boil and pour over flour mixture. Beat together. Add remaining ingredients and beat well. Pour into a greased and floured jellyroll pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  2. For icing mix all ingredients and spread over warm cake.



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Yummy, Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake


What do Farmers do on the Weekend?

Growing up, I knew if I was going to see my Dad on a weekend, then I was going to need to ride with him as he did hog barn chores.  So I spent many hours in the truck as he went from farm to farm feeding pigs.  Or I followed in his footsteps as he checked on the baby pigs.  But the one thing we rarely had the chance to do was to just hang out at home.  Or go on weekend trips to the zoo.  There weren’t any trips to the park.  There were the hours spent at church and Sunday lunch together.  But we didn’t have the typical weekends that many families experience.

If you’ve read anything I’ve written over the past 5 years, you have heard me say that my Farmer works all of the time.  He is always on call, wether it be the hog barn alarms going off because the barn temperatures may be too hot or cold, the weather knocking the power out, causing my Farmer needing to hook up generators to keep the power going or just the basic everyday chores that have to be done when you have hogs that have to be fed.  There is never a break.  The work is always present.


Winter brings even harder and longer days around the farm.  This weekend dumped over 6 inches of show around the farm.  Our country roads weren’t getting plowed which means feed trucks weren’t going to be able to get to our various hog barns. So my Farmer had to go and plow a few paths down some snow-covered roads.  And much like I did years ago with my Dad, the kids wanted to follow Dad around.  So the bibs were put own, hats and gloves gathered and off they went to plow snow.  But even more fun for them was to build forts and play in the piled up snow.


While you may get to enjoy weekend trips and home projects, we don’t.  Our weekends are spent doing much of the same as we do during the week.  It’s a tough life, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.


Does a Farmer get a Weekend off?



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