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.

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Holiday Quick Breads and Cakes: Easy Does It

Fancy Christmas cakes are best left to professional bakers, except for those rare times when you feel like taking on a major project -- maybe a Cherry-and-Chocolate Buche de Noel or a Six-Layer Coconut Cake with passion fruit filling that takes almost 6 hours to make! Personally I go for fast-and-easy whenever I decide to bake. That means quick breads and loaf pan cakes -- always festive and perfect for entertaining or even gift-giving.

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.

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

I always like to try and re-create the meals I've enjoyed on my travels, and this Spaghetti Carbonara not only brought back some wonderful memories of Italy, it was so quick and easy to prepare that my husband and I could spend less time in the kitchen and more time reminiscing. It uses only 5 ingredients, and it's ready in just 20 minutes. When Under the Tuscan Sun came out in movie theaters in 2003, I watched Diane Lane fall hopelessly in love with the picturesque countryside of Tuscany -- and I, too, fell hard.

Sugar Cookie Sheet

Ladies' Home Journal

It's a cinch to make a cookie cake at home. Serve this instead of cake at your next birthday party.

Quick & Easy Dips and Spreads

You want to lay out an assortment of dips that provide familiar flavors without any fuss.These recipes require few ingredients, a big mixing bowl, and a spoon to make and are served with chips.

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.

Carrot Cake in a Jar

Family Circle

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!

Quick and Easy Dinner Before Thanksgiving

A quick and easy dinner the night before Thanksgiving? You bet. Any marathon runner can tell you that you shouldn't run a long distance prior to the big race.

Swedish Meatballs: Quick and Easy Meals

We're big fans of the smorgasbord, the Swedish buffet-style meal where groaning plates of herring, cheeses, salads, sausages, and vegetables present a perfect Scandinavian feast. And no smorgasbord worth its salt would be without kottbullar (Swedish meatballs). They're hearty, meaty party food (small enough so that they're easy to eat while you're mingling), and, served with a side of buttery noodles (sprinkled with parsley) or mashed potatoes, they're a great entree for nights when you don't have time to fuss.

Quick and Easy Dinners for After Thanksgiving

No doubt two little words come to mind when you contemplate what to make for dinner on the day after Thanksgiving: quick and easy. What with all the baking, peeling, roasting, simmering, sauteing, and mashing that you've done in the past week, it's likely both you and your kitchen could use a break. But as sure as the sun will set, here comes dinnertime again.

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!

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.

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

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.

Kids Olympics Cake

Parents

Hold your own backyard Olympics then make this cake to celebrate the winners!

Ghosts and Goblins in the Graveyard Cake

Pepperidge Farm

Get the whole family involved in decorating this "spook-tacular" cake that uses store-bought cakes and cookies to make fun, quick work of a hauntingly good dessert.

Total: 1 hr
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