Quick and Easy Cakes

Cake is a perfect dessert for any occasion, and with these quick and easy cake recipes, you can whip one up at the drop of a hat. Whether luscious chocolate cake or cute cupcakes, quick and easy desserts are perfect any night.

Malted Vanilla Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

A classic vanilla cake gets special treatment with a sweet malted buttercream frosting. Decorate with malted milk balls, other candies or frosting flowers.

Cookies-and-Cream Cupcakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Cookies and cream make an undeniably delicious combination, especially when packaged into scrumptious cupcakes. Starting with a white cake mix means these cupcakes are simple to make.

New Year's Champagne Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

This simple yet elegant dessert uses a cake mix and purchased frosting. It's extra special because Champagne replaces the water in the mix.

Carrot Cake in a Jar

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Boxed spice cake mix transforms into an elegant dessert when you stir in grated carrots and layer baked pieces into a clear jar. Just add rich vanilla cream!

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Yes, you can bake with olive oil! This fresh and fruity cake will win you over instantly with its lemon-infused batter and fresh fruit topping.

Mocha Pound Cake Stacks

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 20 mins

Strawberry-Chocolate Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Chocolate-dipped strawberries make mouthwatering treats. This recipe, using a cake mix, puts the same flavor combination into a stunning birthday cake.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

Olive oil keeps the cake layers nice and firm, yet the creamy lemon frosting makes this dessert still feel light as air.

Heart Pounders


Cut pound cake into circles, then cover in pink frosting for this pretty dessert.

My Funny Valentine Cake


This fun heart-shaped cake is made with banana-flavored quick bread muffin mix. Candy makes a cute face for this sweet dessert.

Poundcake Points

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Lemon-Thyme Cake

Family Circle

For a refreshing variation on basic bundt cake, add thyme, lemon juice and zest to the batter, then top the finished dessert with a creamy lemon and powdered sugar glaze.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Sundaes

Midwest Living

In need of a fast yet festive dessert? Warm pineapple in butter and brown sugar, then spoon the softened fruit over crumbled pound cake and dulce de leche ice cream.

Santa Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Give a nod to Saint Nick with this berry-laden yellow cake. Strawberries form a hat, eyes, and nose, while candies and piped icing form other features.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Cherry Vanilla Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Finally, a recipe that helps you use a jar of maraschino cherries from top to bottom! The cake includes the fruit pieces while the pretty pink buttercream calls for the juice.

Flower Cupcakes

Family Circle

Top cupcakes with sugar-dusted marshmallow "petals" and add a green candy string "stem." This sweet dessert bouquet is the ideal way to brighten up a friend's day!

All-Star Sports Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Score it big with sports-loving kids when you dish out this party cake. All it takes is a cake mix and canned frosting and some decorative embellishments for a winning dessert.

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