28 Easy Cake Recipes That Anyone Can Bake

Yes, Anyone!

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting

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Even if you aren't a professional baker, just about anyone can make these easy cake recipes. They don't require any specialized ingredients or techniques and even kids or novice bakers can put them together with success on the first try. Some of them start with a cake mix, while others will show you how simple it is to make delicious desserts from scratch. They're perfect for birthdays, holidays, or just a special after-dinner treat.

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    Classic Chocolate Cake

    Easy Chocolate Cake

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    If you've never tried baking from scratch, try starting with this basic chocolate cake to discover how easy it is. Make sure to use fresh baking powder and soda, because they lose their potency over time. Replace the all-purpose flour with cake flour for a softer cake if you like a lighter texture. You'll never need to buy a cake mix again.

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    Peach Dump Cake

    Peach Cobbler With Boxed Cake Mix

    The Spruce / Elizabeth Briskin

    For a treat that tastes like a mix of cobbler and traditional cake, try this peach dump cake. While it requires a little more mixing than a dump cake that gets mixed right in the pan, it still comes together quickly and easily. Get the kids involved for a fun weekend project.

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    Fresh Blueberry Crumb Cake

    Easy Blueberry Crumb Cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Instead of making individual muffins, try this simple fresh blueberry cake with a sweet crumb topping. Add chopped pecans to the batter or the topping for extra crunch, if you like nuts. This cake will also keep at room temperature for a couple of days or in the refrigerator for up to four days.

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    Cake Mix Lemon Pie Cake

    Lemon Pie Cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Start with a cake mix and canned lemon pie filling for a citrusy dessert that tastes just like lemon meringue pie and yellow cake mixed together. A fluffy frosting tops it all off, but you could use a canned buttercream frosting too if you want to save even more time.

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    Chocolate Loaf Cake

    Chocolate loaf cake

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    This simple from-scratch chocolate loaf cake comes together easily and makes a lovely dessert for a casual get-together or after a family dinner. Cocoa powder gives both the cake and glaze their chocolatey goodness—no melting chocolate required. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a little whipped cream.

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    Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

    Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

    Leah Maroney

    This stunning ice cream cake is a guaranteed show-stopper. With a homemade brownie base topped with store-bought ice creams, its impressive looks belie its ease of preparation, guaranteed to impress, while saving time.

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    Bacardi Rum Cake

    Bacardi Rum Cake Recipe

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    Unlike most cakes, this sweet and nutty bundt actually tastes better as it sits. But with its delicious flavor, it likely won't last long. Even people who don't like rum will enjoy this unique cake. It also freezes well and makes a great gift, since you can send it through the mail.

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    Pumpkin Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Pumpkin cake cream cheese frosting

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga 

    With its autumnal pumpkin flavor and creamy frosting, this cake would work great for a holiday dessert or fall party. Don't feel intimidated by the list of ingredients; it comes together easily and the spices really make it taste special. Omit the chopped pecans on top if you don't care for nuts.

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    Blueberry Upside-Down Cake

    Blueberry Upside-Down Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    There are no special tricks to this blueberry upside-down cake, and the recipe is very straightforward. The lovely dessert combines fresh blueberries with lemon against a buttery cake, and it's ready in just about an hour. It's a great recipe to have around for spring and summer.

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    Apple Coffee Cake

    Apple Coffee Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni 

    Apple coffee cake is a delightful dessert for autumn that looks beautiful and is surprisingly easy to make. The sour cream batter is covered with cinnamon covered apples and baked in a springform pan. Once it's cool and released from the pan, it's topped with apple jelly and sliced almonds.

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    Football Cake

    Football Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    You don't need special skills to make this fun football cake. The recipe transforms a basic chocolate cake batter into the game day-worthy shape with the use of a knife and a standard round cake pan. Finish it up with the homemade frosting and green "grass" coconut flakes, and everyone will think it came from the bakery!

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    Unicorn Birthday Cake

    Unicorn Birthday Cake

     Kristina Vanni

    This magical unicorn birthday cake makes it easy to believe wishes can come true. Delight your favorite believer with one; a multi-hued center and candy decorations make it a crowd-pleaser, too.

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    Cherry Dump Cake

    Cherry Dump Cake

    Kristina Vanni

    This pretty pink cake only requires mixing, making it the perfect recipe for anyone who wants to bake. A true dump cake, all four ingredients—angel food cake mix, cherry pie filling, almond extract, and sliced almonds—are combined in the cake pan and placed in the oven. Top the almond-scented sponge cake with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice cream for the perfect finishing touch.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Chocolate chip cookie cake brings together two favorite sweets. Though it looks tricky, this tube cake is delightfully simple. You'll make a moist pound cake batter with cream cheese, crush some crispy chocolate chip cookies, then layer the two elements in the pan. When cut, a beautiful ribbon of cookie is exposed and it's sure to charm everyone who tastes it.

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    Chocolate Turtle Cake

    Chocolate turtle cake with caramel center

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Start with a chocolate cake mix and add sweetened condensed milk, chopped pecans, a caramel ribbon, and a rich frosting for a chocolate turtle cake that tastes much more complex than it really is. It comes out very sweet and rich, so serve it in small slices.

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    Southern Mayonnaise Cake

    Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting

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    Adding mayonnaise to this chocolate cake gives it a lovely richness and moist texture, while replacing eggs and oil. That makes it perfect when you need to cut down on number of ingredients needed. The peanut butter frosting complements it perfectly, but you can also use another if you prefer.

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    Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Strawberry Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Strawberry gelatin and mashed fresh strawberries dress up a white or yellow cake mix for an easy dessert that makes the most of the fruit. A cream cheese frosting adds richness that contrasts beautifully with the cake. Store-bought cream cheese frosting would work too, if you don't want to make your own.

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    Beer Cake

    Beer Cake

    Kristina Vanni

    Sheet cakes are quick and easy and don't require tons of careful greasing and timing like a tube or bundt pan. With cherries and walnuts in the batter and a creamy chocolate frosting, this beer cake is sure to be a hit at your next potluck or party. Beer is added to the batter and the icing for delicious flavor.

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    Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    chocolate zucchini cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This easy chocolate cake is a perfect way to use up extra zucchini, which adds a little extra nutrition to your favorite dessert. Chopped pecans or walnuts, chocolate chips, and some sour cream adds even more texture and flavor. If you don't want to glaze the cake, just sift a little powdered sugar over the top or leave it plain.

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    Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

    Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Use canned pineapple to make this simple upside-down cake that comes together in a snap. When you invert the cake onto a serving platter, the bottom-turned-top will have a gooey, melty texture and a pretty pattern from the pineapple rings and maraschino cherries. A scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream tastes great on top.

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    Sour Cream Coconut Cake

    coconut poke cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Start with a cake mix for this simple sour cream coconut cake. Coconut in both the frosting and the cake itself gives it a lot of tropical flavor that will transport your taste buds to the islands without leaving your table. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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    Mississippi Mud Cake

    Mississippi Mud Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Even though this Mississippi mud cake is made from scratch, it still comes together in under an hour. A swirl of marshmallow and chocolate frosting plus pecans and coconut flakes make it look pretty.

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    Semi-Homemade Cherry Cake

    easy cherry cake with cake mix and cherry pie filling

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Just grab a can of cherry pie filling, a yellow cake mix, water, oil, and eggs for this fruity cake that comes together so easily, you can make it after work on a weekday. The cake has so much flavor, it doesn't even require any frosting. Just dust with powdered sugar, or even leave it bare.

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    Moroccan Lemon Cake


    The Spruce / Christine Benlafquih

    This light and citrus-forward cake doesn't take much time or any special ingredients to make. Serve it warm from the oven plain or drizzle with an optional glaze using the included recipe. Half of a large lemon should give you enough juice, but feel free to add more for a super tart flavor.

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    Five-Minute Chocolate Cake

    Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The name of this simple cake indicates how easy it is to make, and the rich Devil's food taste will fool your guests into thinking you labored all day. Bake it as either a two- or three-layer cake, or in a 9- x 13-inch sheet pan. Either purchased or homemade frosting would work just fine.

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    Cake Mix Ricotta Cake

    Ricotta cake recipe

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    You can make a fancy-tasting ricotta cake with a cake mix and just a few additional ingredients. It comes out tasting just as rich and decadent as a traditional ricotta cake, but with far less effort. Try spreading it with fruit preserves for a nice contrast.

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    Apple Spice Dump Cake

    Apple Dump Cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This apple spice dump cake uses just four ingredients and one pan, so it comes together quickly and easily. Just cover it with foil and pop it in the oven, then serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It also tastes great at room temperature, although it won't be as gooey.

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    Chocolate Toffee-Filled Angel Food Cake

    Angel Food Cake

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    This chocolate toffee-filled angel food cake looks complicated, but it's actually quite easy to make. Make sure to beat the cream filling until it forms stiff peaks that stand up when you lift the beaters, then fold it into the pudding just until combined so it doesn't fall flat. It does need to chill completely before serving, so build in some extra time.