15 Easy Cake Recipes That Require Minimal Prep

You don't need to be a pastry chef to bake the perfect cake.

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake
Photo: José Picayo

If you're anything like the participants of Worst Bakers in America, you know you can mess up a cake recipe in many ways, even if you thought you were precise with your measurements. Fortunately, a homemade cake doesn't have to be daunting.

Try one of these quick and easy cake recipes if you're a beginner baker and want to boost your confidence. Each recipe was hand-selected to be simple and relatively painless. In one short afternoon, you'll be able to perfect a delicious crumb cake, cheesecake, chocolate cake, and more.

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Easy Ice Cream Cake

The secret to this astonishingly simple four-ingredient dessert? Using ice cream sandwiches to build your cake. Get the recipe for Easy Ice Cream Cake.
Marcus Nilsson

The secret to this astonishingly simple four-ingredient dessert? Using ice cream sandwiches to build your cake.

Get the recipe: Easy Ice Cream Cake

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Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
Anna Williams

Ripe strawberries give vanilla ice cream a beautiful pink hue; top the dessert with fresh whipped cream before serving.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

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Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake

Crockpot apple spice cake dusted with a light coating of powdered sugar
Victor Protasio

Cinnamon, cloves, and grated fresh ginger give this dessert a warm, comforting spiciness.

Get the recipe: Apple Spice Cake

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Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake
José Picayo

This citrusy, buttery cake can be baked and glazed up to a day in advance.

Get the recipe: Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

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Chocolate-Earl Grey Cake

Chocolate-Earl Grey Cake
Susie Cushner

Add a cup of Earl Grey tea into the batter to infuse the cake with bergamot flavor and fragrance.

Get the recipe: Chocolate-Earl Grey Cake

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Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake

Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake
José Picayo

The gingersnap crust is easy to make—just grind the cookies in a food processor, then combine with melted butter and press into a pan.

Get the recipe: Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake

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Classic Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake
José Picayo

This ultra creamy, fabulously rich cheesecake takes just 30 minutes to prep.

Get the recipe: Classic Cheesecake

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Berry Oat Crumble Cake

Berry-Oat Crumble Recipe
Antonis Achilleos

Sprinkle the berry filling with a tasty oat mixture before baking; the oats will become crumbly, complementing the sweet and juicy berry layer.

Get the recipe: Berry Oat Crumble Cake

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Plum Cake

Plum Cake
Heami Lee

This gorgeous seven-ingredient cake boasts a delightfully sticky, juicy fruit topping.

Get the recipe: Plum Cake

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Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake
Frances Janisch

You don't even need to prep anything for this easy strawberry shortcake recipe—simply pick up a tube of homestyle biscuits, strawberries, and whipped cream.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Shortcake

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Slow Cooker Angel Food Cake

Slow-Cooker Angel Food Cake
Victor Protasio

Both strawberries and whipped cream provide a decadent topping for this light and easy angel food cake.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Angel Food Cake

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Nectarine Olive Oil Cake

Nectarine Olive Oil Cake Recipe
Greg DuPree

Top this deceivingly easy cake with powdered sugar and serve with sliced nectarines.

Get the recipe: Nectarine Olive Oil Cake

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Marbled Pound Cake

Marbled-Poundcake copy
Pati Jinich

Add a rich chocolate frosting to turn this baked treat into a decadent dessert.

Get the recipe: Marbled Pound Cake

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Toasted Coconut Refrigerator Cake

Toasted-Coconut Refrigerator Cake
Anna Williams

With just four ingredients—sweetened coconut, heavy cream, vanilla pudding, and ready-made pound cakes—you can create this easy crowd-pleasing dessert.

Get the recipe: Toasted Coconut Refrigerator Cake

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Pudding Cake

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Pudding Cake served with ice cream on a plate.
Victor Protasio

This dump cake is incredibly straightforward. Simply drop in the ingredients, set the slow cooker, and forget about it for three hours.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chocolate Pudding Cake

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