Life’s too short for difficult desserts. After all, the whole reason for dessert is to be enjoyed and put a smile on your face, and fussy desserts that stress you out before you can even take a bite won’t lead to smiles. But these easy cake recipes will.
1. Lemon Drop Cake
Moist lemon cake is layered with lemon frosting, drizzled with sweetened lemon juice and garnished with crushed lemon candies. The most sunny, citrus flavor per square inch of any cake in the world (or at least on this site), guaranteed.
2. Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Is there anything better than the moment when you flip over an upside-down cake to reveal the caramelized layer of brown sugar, pineapple rings and maraschino cherries? Well, maybe the moment you start eating. You’d swear this old-fashioned fave was made completely from scratch, but we’ve made it easy with super-simple cake mix that preps fast (thanks, Betty Crocker!).
3. Banana Split Sundae Cake
The banana split sundae is a classic for a reason, and now you can enjoy all the flavors of this iconic ice cream dessert in cake form. Pineapple, strawberries, bananas, chocolate sauce—the gang’s all here and ready to impress.
4. Oreo™ Dump Cake
If you’re looking for ways to get more Oreos™ in your life (and, come on, aren’t we all?), this supremely easy cookies-and-cream cake has all the answers.
5. Banana Pudding Poke Cake
We don’t know what genius first thought of poking a cake full of holes and then filling those holes with cool, creamy pudding, but we’d like to buy them a beer. Yellow cake + banana pudding = best idea.
6. Sugar Cookie Butter Dump Cake
If you drew a Venn diagram of sugar cookies, cookie butter and cake, this recipe is what you’d find where all those delicious things overlap. Caramel-y cookie butter crust and sweet sugar cookie topping is what we all need right now.
7. Pistachio-Cherry Bundt Cake
Pretty as a picture (as in, it will look just like the photo you see here). But this tried-and-true pudding bundt cake is more than just good looks—it’s also good-to-the-last-crumb delicious.
8. Lemon Olive Oil Cake
If you’ve never had olive oil cake, you are in for a treat. Vanilla yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil and lemon zest make this easy scratch cake unbelievably moist and flavorful. And the sweet citrus glaze is (quite literally) icing on the cake.
9. Pumpkin Dump Cake
Ever wondered what to make with a can of pumpkin? This shockingly simple cake is the very best answer to that question.
10. Slow-Cooker Better Than Sex Cake
Saving the best for last. We don’t want to make any assumptions about your life, so we’ll just say that this cake is really, really good. Drenched-in-caramel, studded-with-chocolate, whipped-cream-on-top good, to be exact.