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You can never have too much cake, right?! It’s better to have too much, than too little. You’re in good hands with any of these delicious cakes that feed a crowd!

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We Love Cakes That Get the Job Done!

Family reunions, birthday parties, graduation, and girl’s camp – these are just a few of the celebrations I’ve needed to feed dessert to a big crowd! While Texas Sheet Cake is a go-to, it’s always handy to have a few go-to recipes that will work for the occasion.

Here’s why we love them:

  • Party perfect. From chocolate to fruity, there is a tasty cake that feeds a crowd for your next big party!
  • Feed the masses. Sheet cakes are notorious for feeding a crowd, but layered rounds also get the job done.
  • Serve it up! I’ve included plenty of serving, cutting, and storing tips that will make the entire process easier.

And if you want, add on some scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream to elevate any cake. So, as they say, “Let them eat cake!”

Slice of Cream Puff Cake.

Calculate Serving Size

Round cake serving size. A standard-size round cake pan is 8 or 9 inches. In general, here is what other pan sizes can provide for cakes between 3-6 inches in height, keep in mind a layer cake will feed more: 

  • 6″ yields 12 party servings and 12 wedding servings  
  • 8″ yields 20 party servings and 24 wedding servings  
  • 9” yields 24 party servings and 32 wedding servings  
  • 10” yields 28 party servings and 28 wedding servings  
  • 12” yields 20 party servings and 24 wedding servings  

Square/sheet cake serving size. Bake a full-sheet pan or a half-sheet pan. Square/sheet cakes that are between 3-6 inches in height can serve: 

  • 6″ yields 12 party servings and 18 wedding servings 
  • 8″ yields 20 party servings and 32 wedding servings 
  • 10″ yields 30 party servings and 50 wedding servings 
  • 12″ yields 48 party servings and 72 wedding servings 
  • 7×11″ yields 24 party servings and 32 wedding servings
  • 9×13″ yields 36 party servings and 50 wedding servings
  • 11×15″ yields 54 party servings and 74 wedding servings
  • 12×18″ yields 72 party servings and 98 wedding servings
A slice of chocolate frosted cake on a white plate.

the Perfect “Icing on the Cake”

Here are some of our favorite frostings and icings to add that touch of sweetness, and a variety of flavors to your easy cakes for a crowd.

Cutting the Cake

  • Square or sheet cakes. Use a sharp knife to make a 2-inch thick horizontal cut. Cut that piece vertically into 1½-2 inch slices. Serve the pieces, then cut the next section to prevent the cake from drying out.
  • Round cakes. Cut into wedge slices, squares, or both.
    • Cakes that are 8 inches or less can be cut into wedges.
    • Cakes 9 inches and larger require a few extra steps. Place the tip of your blade 2 inches away from the edge and cut a circle, then cut that circular strip into 1½-2 inch wide pieces. Repeat. Once the center part of the cake reaches about 6 inches in diameter, slice it into wedges.

Best Cakes For a Crowd

The two types of cakes that are best for feeding crowds in my opinion are sheet cakes and layered cakes! This list of go-to cakes contains both.

The recipes in this list are either half or quarter sheets. Check the serving sizes in the recipes, and double/quadruple accordingly.

1 Chocolate Sheet Cake

Dessert Chocolate Sheet Cake
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 38 votes
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2 Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert Jello Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 674 votes
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3 Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Dessert Gooey Butter Cake Recipe
Total Time: 47 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 497 votes
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4 White Sheet Cake Recipe

Dessert White Sheet Cake Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 65 votes
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5 Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dessert Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 268 votes
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6 Better Than Anything Cake Recipe

Dessert Better Than Anything Cake Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 23 votes
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7 Coconut Cake recipe

Dessert Coconut Cake recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 19 votes
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8 Cream Puff Cake Recipe

Dessert Cream Puff Cake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 153 votes
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9 Vanilla Cake Recipe

Dessert Vanilla Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 17 votes
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10 Cookie Cake Recipe

Dessert Cookie Cake Recipe
Total Time: 37 minutes

Recipe Video

4.71 from 17 votes
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More Cake For A Crowd

Layered cakes are also awesome for feeding a group. You can usually get at least 12 slices since they’re taller than regular cake! Enjoy this compilation of even more cakes that feed a crowd, layered and all!

11 German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dessert German Chocolate Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 106 votes
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12 Carrot Cake Recipe

Dessert Carrot Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 22 votes
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13 Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Dessert Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.95 from 20 votes
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14 Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dessert Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.95 from 103 votes
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15 Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

4.95 from 119 votes
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16 Neiman Marcus Cake Recipe

Dessert Neiman Marcus Cake Recipe
Total Time: 42 minutes

Recipe Video

4.96 from 25 votes
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17 Cherry Sheet Cake Recipe

Dessert Cherry Sheet Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.97 from 29 votes
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18 Strawberry Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Cake Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

Recipe Video

4.93 from 27 votes
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19 Caramel Cake

Dessert Caramel Cake
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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20 Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe

Dessert Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

4.87 from 60 votes
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21 Angel Food Cake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Cake Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 14 votes
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22 Chiffon Cake Recipe

Dessert Chiffon Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 10 votes
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23 Coconut Poke Cake

Dessert Coconut Poke Cake
Total Time: 3 hours

Recipe Video

5 from 11 votes
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24 Key Lime Cake Recipe

Super easy key lime cake is bursting with fresh lime flavor and topped with whipped cream. It's a delicious summer cake recipe, and if you love key lime pie - then definitely give this recipe a try. 
Dessert Key Lime Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 44 votes
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25 Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake
Dessert Tres Leches Cake
Total Time: 5 hours

Recipe Video

5 from 37 votes
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26 Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

Dessert Banana Pudding Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 89 votes
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27 Angel Food Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Total Time: 9 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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28 Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.85 from 13 votes
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Eat Cake!

With so many crowd-pleasing recipes on this list, you can’t go wrong in choosing the perfect dessert for your next get-together!

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6 Comments

  1. Kristina says:

    Aside from all the delicious looking recipe I love that you included the different serving sizes and I love the trick about putting two smaller cakes together and frosting it as one large sheet cake.

  2. Caroline Y says:

    I just made the root beer cake for my son’s birthday and it was AMAZING!! I can’t wait to make my way through this list!

  3. Lil'Luna Team says:

    We make your sheet cake at least once a month, if not more!! These are all so perfect, especially around the holidays!!

  4. Liv says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing all these delicious cakes and helpful tips! I am definitely saving this for my next get-together.

  5. Olivia says:

    I love the variety of cakes in this post. All so helpful when your making dessert for a party or dinner. Great flavors too!

  6. Kristen says:

    I am hosting a Christmas party in a few days so I will make sure to send people here if they are making desserts.