If you’ve ever been to a bakery, you probably know what a half-sheet size is, and you’ve probably eaten a cake at a celebration before. Half of a sheet cake is known as a half sheet cake. Because to their rectangular shape, they are simple to adorn and serve. In this article, I’ll explain what a half-pancake is, its sizes, how to decorate it, and answer any other questions you might have.
What is a Half Sheet Cake?
A half-sheet cake is, as the name implies, just one-half of a full-sheet cake. A full-sheet cake can be divided in half to form two half-sheet cakes, or a half-sheet cake can be made using a half-sheet cake pan. Large rectangular half sheet cake are usually served at parties or any time there is a crowd. Due to the difference in pan sizes available, half-pancakes come in a variety of sizes. They are often garnished with delicious buttercream. However, some bakeries offer more cake and frosting flavors to choose from.
Depending on your cake mold maker, the size of your cake halves may vary slightly. Half-sheet cake pans are usually 18″ x 12″. Half plate from the bakery can be 15 inches by 11 inches, 15 1/2 by 10 1/2, or 16 by 12 inches. Since a home oven is smaller than a toaster or grocery store, a home half-sheet cake will likely measure 13 inches by 9 inches.
Typically, a single-layer half-sheet cake can serve 18 to 40 people, depending on the size of the slice. Of course, the larger each individual slice, the fewer pieces you will get. A 13-inch x 9-inch home-baked pie can serve up to 18 people.
A half-sheet cake will typically weigh 5 to 6 pounds. The density of the cake and the quantity of icing used are only two examples of the many variables that may impact the weight. If there are any embellishments, it will add to the weight as well. Half-sheet cakes typically have one layer, although they can sometimes occasionally have two layers. You may assume that the cake would be heavier if half of it had two layers.
Half-sheet cakes are sold in supermarkets and bakeries. Prices will differ depending on how upmarket the merchant is. At Costco or Walmart, a half-sheet cake costs $20 or $30, respectively.
Half Sheet Cake: Benefits
Cakes are a crowd favorite, perfect for large gatherings because they are easier to cut and divide into pieces. It’s much easier to cut a single-layer half-layer cake into small, neat, equal-sized pieces for many people than it is to cut a square or round multi-layer cake, which will serve a maximum of about 12 people.
The flat top gives you plenty of room to decorate and customize with words. Half Sheet Cakes are one of the more economical cake alternatives for bigger audiences because they are also quite simple to create. Choosing a half- or quarter-size cake over a full-size cake is beneficial if you want to offer options to your guests (e.g. chocolate and vanilla cakes, etc.) redundant.
How to Store a Half-Sheet Cake?
Because the size of the half-sheet cake is quite large, it is not always easy to store. If you want to preserve your entire cake, you may want to invest in a large cake tin. They may even be reused if needed and are simple to transport.
You can preserve unfrozen halves by wrapping them in plastic wrap and freezing them for up to 3 months. A frosted half-sheet cake (decorated without fresh ingredients) can be left at room temperature for up to four days, just be sure to wrap it in a bowl or wrapper to prevent dust or any particles another approach to the cake. If you are going to freeze half of the frosting cake, leave it in the fridge for 15 minutes before wrapping it up and putting it in the freezer. This will help the ice cream harden and not be easily damaged by the wrapping process.
- Use a half sheet pan: The first step in making a half sheet cake is to use the right size pan. A half sheet pan measures approximately 18 inches by 13 inches and is often used in commercial kitchens.
- Grease the pan: Be careful to generously oil the pan before adding the batter. The pan can be greased with cooking spray, butter, or shortening before being dusted with flour or cocoa powder to stop sticking.
- Measure ingredients carefully: When making a half sheet cake, it’s important to measure your ingredients carefully to ensure the cake turns out correctly. Use a kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons to measure your ingredients accurately.
- Use room temperature ingredients: It’s best to use room temperature ingredients when making a half sheet cake, especially butter and eggs. Let the ingredients sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before using them.
Half-sheet cakes are a great choice for large events with many participants. They are delicious, very easy to make and don’t take much time. They are versatile and can be customized with a variety of flavors and toppings. By following some simple tips, anyone can make a delicious and perfectly baked half sheet cake. Whether you prefer chocolate, vanilla, lemon, or another flavor, a half sheet cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next event.