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A sheet cake is a cake baked in a large, flat rectangular pan such as a sheet pan or a jelly roll pan. These single-layer cakes are almost always frosted, with decorations and ornamental frosting along the borders and the flat top surface. In the United States, these inexpensive cakes are commonly available in supermarkets and bakeries.
Sheet cakes may be made in any flavor, with chocolate and vanilla being the two most common. Commonly made in the home with boxed cake mixes, they can come in a variety of additional flavors, with colorful batter mix-ins such as sprinkles and chocolate chips. By definition, they are made from a single continuous piece of cake. Ingredients such as nuts, chocolate chips, or coconut may be sprinkled over the top.
A sheet cake serves as the basis for a number of other, more complex cakes. Notably, a sheet cake that has been split, filled with jam or icing, and then frosted, is a layer cake.
Breakthroughs in nontoxic inks and printing materials have made it possible for images and photographs to be placed directly onto sheet cakes. The flat surface of the cake, and rectangular shape, make it ideally suited to displaying edible imagery. Originally introduced as a specialty services provided by bakeries, this technology can now be used by consumers in their home using specialized kits.
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