Delicious Scottish Sheet Cake Recipe for All Occasions

Have you ever tasted the sweet, buttery goodness that is a Scottish Sheet Cake? If not, you are in for an absolute treat! As a British chef, I can personally attest to the decadent flavors and moist texture of this irresistible dessert.

Originating from Scotland, this cake is similar to a Texas Sheet Cake but has its own unique twist. Made with ingredients like flour, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, and baking soda, this cake is easy to prepare and perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s for a family gathering or just a special treat for yourself, this sheet cake is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

One of the best things about the Scottish Sheet Cake is how versatile it is. Customize it to your liking by adding your favorite toppings or switching up the recipe with substitutions. Trust me when I say that once you try this heavenly cake, it will become a family favorite and will have everyone begging for more.

So why not treat yourself and your loved ones to this delicious dessert? Keep reading to learn how to make the perfect Scottish Sheet Cake that will have you coming back for seconds (or thirds).

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scottish Sheet Cake
Scottish Sheet Cake

My dear readers, I assure you, this Scottish Sheet Cake Recipe is the one you have been searching for!

What if I told you that this cake recipe is so versatile that it can be served as a dessert or as a snack? That’s right! The Scottish Sheet Cake is an anytime treat, perfect for any occasion.

The rich and buttery taste of this cake has stolen the hearts of many cake lovers. The essence of vanilla extract and buttermilk in its ingredients adds an aroma to savor while baking. The combination of hot water and baking soda results in a perfectly fluffy texture that melts in your mouth with every bite. Trust me, it’s heavenly!

This sheet cake recipe has a unique flavor compared to other cakes as it comes from traditional Scottish flavors. It is super easy to make which means you won’t have to break a sweat while making one for yourself.

Believe me when I say, every bite of this Scottish Sheet Cake will take you on a trip to Scotland itself! Don’t believe me? Just wait until you try it for yourself.

In summary, whether you need something sweet for your afternoon tea break, a dinner party or just something to enjoy with your loved ones at home, this Scottish Sheet Cake Recipe will undoubtedly leave everyone asking for more. Trust me; once you taste it, there is no going back!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite
A slice of heaven in every bite

Let’s start with what you’ll need to make this flavorful Scottish Sheet Cake. The ingredients below are for a crowd-pleasing sheet cake recipe that makes up to 24 servings. Adjust the quantity as you wish, but make sure to maintain the balance of each ingredient for perfect results.

You will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before starting to bake because this affects the outcome of any baked good. If, by chance, you don’t have buttermilk, you can easily make a substitute at home by mixing one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice with one cup of whole milk. Stir and let sit for five minutes before using in the recipe.

Now, let’s get ready to bake!

The Recipe How-To

 Rustic charm meets delicious dessert
Rustic charm meets delicious dessert

Now that you have your ingredients ready, let’s start making this delicious Scottish Sheet Cake!


  1. First things first, preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a sheet cake pan (measuring approximately 18 x 13 inches) with butter or cooking spray.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 cups of granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

  3. In a medium saucepan, melt 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter over medium heat until it turns golden brown in color and gives off a nutty aroma. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent it from burning.

  4. Add the melted butter into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well.

  5. Next, add in 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of buttermilk to the mixture, stirring until smooth.

  6. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and then mix them into the batter.

  7. Finally, add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and stir until combined.

  8. Pour your batter into your greased pan, spreading it evenly using a spatula.

  9. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  10. While the sheet cake is baking, make the frosting by combining in a large mixing bowl, 1/2 cup of oleo (margarine), 6 tablespoons of milk and 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder over medium heat in a saucepan until boiling. Then take off heat and mix in 3 -3/4 c powdered sugar until smooth consistency reached.

  11. Once your sheet cake has baked through, remove it from the oven and let it cool off before spreading frosting evenly across the surface.


This recipe makes a terribly moist Scottish sheet cake, thanks to the buttermilk, hot water and melted butter mixture. You can add some chopped walnuts or pecans on top to add more texture, especially if you’d like that scotch cake taste. Alternatively, you can replace the buttermilk with sour cream or yoghurt.

I hope you will enjoy baking this delicious sheet cake! Let me know how you like it in the comments below!

Substitutions and Variations

 A taste of Scotland in every forkful
A taste of Scotland in every forkful

My darlings, while this Scottish Sheet Cake Recipe is fabulous as-is, sometimes we need to switch things up and put a unique spin on things. Whether it’s due to dietary requirements, flavor preferences or ingredient availability, substitutions and variations are always a wonderful way to cater to individual needs.

For starters, if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, don’t fret. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar with 1 cup of milk and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it thickens and curdles. Voila – homemade buttermilk substitute! Alternatively, feel free to replace the buttermilk altogether with sour cream or plain yogurt.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not add some grated carrots or pureed beets to the batter? Not only will they add some extra nutritional value, but they’ll also give your cake a gorgeous hue and texture. You can even go for something truly unique with a Scottish Thistle-inspired decoration on top!

For those who prefer their cakes less sweet, cut down on the sugar by a quarter or even half. If you’re watching your calorie intake, try using a sugar substitute like stevia or Splenda instead.

Another fun variation is to experiment with different types of chocolate. While milk chocolate may be traditional in a sheet cake recipe, why not try out some semi-sweet or even dark chocolate for an indulgent twist? If chocolate isn’t your thing at all, replace it with some chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts instead.

My lovelies, remember that every substitution and variation will create a different taste experience – so don’t be afraid to get creative with your Scottish Sheet Cake Recipe. Whether it’s a whiskey cake twist or even an unexpected Snow Cake flavor profile, embrace the beauty of culinary experimentation!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfectly moist and scrumptious
Perfectly moist and scrumptious

The Scottish Sheet Cake is an indulgent dessert that could work well with any occasion. I personally recommend serving this delightful cake with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee to create the perfect, cozy ambiance. You may also serve it as an afternoon treat for your family and friends, alongside some fresh fruits that will break up the richness of the cake.

Moreover, if you have a penchant for after-dinner drinks, you may want to complement this cake with a Single Malt Whiskey cocktail or a Scottish-themed beverage to bring out the flavors of your delicious dessert. The cake’s deep chocolate flavors and buttermilk tang can be balanced by a fine whiskey or scotch, and could perfectly complete your dining experience.

Lastly, the Scottish Sheet Cake is versatile when it comes to plating ideas. You may choose to transfer it onto a platter or atop a cake stand to make it more presentable after topping with chocolate glaze, and don’t hesitate to let your creativity run wild. Adding some fresh berries or sprinkle edible thistle decorations will give out a charming Scottish feel, giving your guests an invitation that they cannot refuse.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The ultimate indulgence for any occasion
The ultimate indulgence for any occasion

Once you have baked your delicious Scottish sheet cake, you may be wondering how to store it and reheat it properly.

If you want to make this dessert ahead of time, you can simply bake the cake a few days prior to serving. Allow the cake to fully cool before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap and placing it in an airtight container. You can store it in room temperature or in the fridge for up to three days.

To reheat the cake, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Remove the plastic wrap and place the cake on a baking sheet. Cover it with aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

If you’re looking to store leftovers, simply cover the cake with aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container. You can keep it either in the refrigerator for up to five days or freeze it for up to two months.

When reheating leftovers from the fridge, let them come to room temperature and then follow the same instructions as reheating from scratch.

Remember, however, that this cake is best served fresh from the oven. The longer you store it, the more its texture changes. But don’t worry, it will still be delicious!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Scottish pride in a sheet cake
Scottish pride in a sheet cake

When it comes to baking, there are often little tips and tricks that can make all the difference when it comes to achieving the perfect results. Here are a few tips that I have found to be especially helpful when making Scottish Sheet Cake:

1. Use room temperature ingredients: This may seem like an insignificant detail, but using room temperature ingredients can actually make a big difference in how your cake turns out. When ingredients like eggs and butter are at room temperature, they mix together more easily and create a smoother batter.

2. Sift your dry ingredients: It may take a little extra time, but sifting your flour, baking soda, and salt can help ensure a lighter texture for your cake. Sifting helps break up any clumps of flour or other dry ingredients, which in turn creates a lighter batter and more uniform rise.

3. Mix until just combined: Over-mixing your cake batter can cause it to become tough and dense. To avoid this problem, mix your ingredients just until they’re combined, being careful not to overdo it.

4. Use hot water: Adding hot water to the batter before baking creates steam in the oven while the cake bakes, which can help keep it moist and tender.

5. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting: It may be tempting to frost your cake as soon as it comes out of the oven, but doing so can cause the frosting to melt and slide off. Be patient and let your cake cool completely before adding any frosting or other toppings.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect Scottish Sheet Cake every time!


As with any recipe, questions may arise during the baking process. In this section, I’ll provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Scottish sheet cake, from ingredient substitutions to storage tips. So, let’s dive in!

What is the difference between a sheet cake and a sheath cake?

There are those who believe that Sheath Cake is simply a more elaborate version of Sheet Cake. This is because Sheet Cake is typically made with a simple batter, while Sheath Cake may contain additional ingredients like crushed candy bars.

What’s the difference between sheet cake and regular cake?

When it comes to cakes, the size of the pan used makes all the difference. Sheet cakes are baked in a large, shallow pan while a regular cake is typically baked in a 9×13 dish or two 8-9″ round pans.

What is Viking cake?

An irresistible dessert that’s sure to please chocolate aficionados. This decadent torte boasts layers of chocolate cake enveloping a rich chocolate crème brulee and milk chocolate cremeuse. The entire creation is beautifully encased by crushed chocolate almond pralines, adding an extra crunch to its dense and intense texture.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Scottish Sheet Cake Recipe is a dessert recipe that you should definitely try. The simplicity and delicious taste of this recipe make it a versatile cake that can be served on any occasion. From birthdays to family gatherings, or simply as a snack with friends, this cake never disappoints.

I hope that this article has inspired you to give this recipe a try. Experiment with different variations and substitutions to create your own unique twist on this classic cake recipe. Remember to follow the tips and instructions carefully for perfect results every time.

With its wonderful flavor and texture, the Scottish Sheet Cake Recipe is a must-try for any lover of traditional British cuisine. Give this recipe a try and let me know how it turned out in the comments section below!

Scottish Sheet Cake

Scottish Sheet Cake Recipe

Traditional sheet cake from Glasgow. This cake is very easy to make from scratch. Be sure to top it off with a layer of Scottish icing for a delicious, cultural treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy, European, Scottish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Calories 1002.5kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup oleo
  • 1/4 cup Crisco
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Sift flour and sugar together, set aside.
  • Bring 1 cup water to a boil.
  • Mix oleo, Crisco, and cocoa together.
  • Stir in flour and sugar mixture.
  • Blend in boiling water.
  • Add buttermilk, soda, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Pour mix into baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Ice with Scottish icing.


Serving: 198g | Calories: 1002.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 152.7g | Protein: 11.9g | Fat: 39.4g | Saturated Fat: 9.2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 650.2mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 101.9g

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