35 Best Easy Cakes

35 BEST Easy Cakes – Whether it’s a birthday cake, anniversary cake, or a just-because cake, you’ll find the perfect EASY cake here!! Only the BEST recipes including chocolate, fruity, pumpkin, red velvet, and more!!

If you’re looking for a birthday cake, anniversary cake, holiday cake, chocolate cake, fruity cake, pumpkin cake, icebox cake, or a just because you’re craving cake kind of cake, these 35 cakes have you covered.

There’s a mixture of 100% scratch cakes and some doctored up cake mix cakes. They’re all easy, they’re all delicious, and there’s something for everyone here.

35 BEST Easy Cakes - Whether it's a birthday cake, anniversary cake, or a just-because cake, you'll find the perfect EASY cake here!! Only the BEST recipes including chocolate, fruity, pumpkin, red velvet, and more!!

Chocolate Cakes

The Best Triple Chocolate Layer Cake – Rich, intense, and everything you crave in decadent chocolate cake! Along with tender chocolate cake there’s chocolate cream cheese frosting, chocolate chips, and melted chocolate!

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The Best Triple Chocolate Layer Cake - Rich, intense, and everything you crave in DECADENT chocolate cake!! Along with tender chocolate cake there's chocolate cream cheese frosting, chocolate chips, and melted chocolate!!

Triple Chocolate Cherry Cake – An extremely moist, rich cake that’s so easy and studded with cherries! The frosting is silky smooth and my new favorite chocolate frosting! A 10 out of 10 showstopper!

Triple Chocolate Cherry Cake - An extremely moist, rich cake that's so EASY and studded with CHERRIES!! The frosting is silky smooth and my new FAVORITE chocolate frosting!! A 10 out of 10 showstopper!!

Coca-Cola Cake – One cake of Coke in the cake and another can of Coke in the frosting! Easy no-mixer cake that’s supremely moist! Tastes like a Texas sheet cake spiked with Coke!

Coca-Cola Cake - One cake of Coke in the cake and another can of Coke in the frosting!! EASY no-mixer cake that's supremely moist! Tastes like a Texas sheet cake spiked with Coke!!

The Best Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Ganache – One of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever had and the easiest to make! Nothing fussy or complicated and delivers amazing results every time!

Turtle Chocolate Poke Cake – The flavor of the famous candy in a decadent chocolate cake with tons of caramel and pecans! Easy, super soft and moist, and a crowd favorite!

Turtle Chocolate Poke Cake - The flavor of the famous candy in a decadent chocolate cake with tons of CARAMEL and pecans!! Easy, super soft and moist, and a crowd FAVORITE! One of the BEST CAKES ever!!

Better-Than-Anything Chocolate Cake – Worthy of its name and one of the best cakes you will ever eat! Doesn’t get any better than chocolate, caramel, whipped topping, and candy in an easy, no-mixer cake!

Better-Than-Anything Chocolate Cake - Worthy of its name and one of the BEST cakes you will EVER eat!! Doesn't get any better than chocolate, caramel, whipped topping, and candy in an easy, no-mixer cake!! A must-make!!

Cookies and Cream Bundt Cake – Extremely easy white cake that’s loaded with Oreos, decadent vanilla frosting, and sprinkled with more Oreos! A partytime favorite!

Cookies and Cream Bundt Cake - Extremely EASY white cake that's LOADED with Oreos, decadent vanilla frosting, and sprinkled with MORE Oreos!! A partytime favorite!!

Peanut Butter Cakes

Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Layer Cake – Soft yellow cake with Nutter Butters baked in and sprinkled on top! The peanut butter frosting is rich, creamy, and decadent! Peanut butter fans will love this cake!

Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Layer Cake - Soft yellow cake with Nutter Butters baked in AND sprinkled on top!! The peanut butter FROSTING is rich, creamy, and decadent! Peanut butter fans will LOVE this cake!!

Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake – A peanut butter lovers dream: PB, PB chips, and PB cups! An easy, no-mixer poke cake that’s drenched with caramel to keep it super moist! Lives up to it’s name and tastes amazing!

Better-Than-Anything Peanut Butter Cake - A peanut butter lovers dream: PB, PB chips, and PB cups!! An easy, no-mixer poke cake that's drenched with caramel to keep it super moist! Lives up to it's name and tastes AMAZING!!

Peanut Butter Honey Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Streusel – Soft, fluffy peanut butter cake with big streusel pieces make this easy cake the first to disappear at parties!

Peanut Butter Honey Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Streusel averiecooks.com

Fruity Cakes

Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting –  – Soft, tender cake loaded with fresh strawberries and a sweet strawberry frosting! An easy layer cake that’s perfect for parties! Strawberry fans will love it!

Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting - Soft, tender cake loaded with FRESH strawberries and a sweet strawberry frosting!! An EASY layer cake that's perfect for parties! Strawberry fans will LOVE IT!!

The Best Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – So soft, moist, and really is The Best! A cheery, happy cake that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!

The Best Pineapple Upside-Down Cake - So soft, moist & really is The Best! A cheery, happy cake that's sure to put a smile on anyone's face!

Upside-Down Banana Bread Cake – Don’t settle for making another loaf of plain banana bread when you can have caramelized banana slices on top of soft banana cake! A decadent spin on banana bread! The best use for your ripe bananas!

Upside-Down Banana Bread Cake - Don't settle for making another loaf of plain banana bread when you can have caramelized banana slices on top of soft banana cake!! A decadent spin on banana bread! The BEST use for your ripe bananas!!

Orange Crush Poke Cake – Bold Orange Crush flavor in this easy cake that’s super moist and light! The kid in all of us will love this orange tie-dyed cake!

Orange Crush Poke Cake - Bold Orange Crush flavor in this EASY cake that's super moist and light!! The kid in all of us will LOVE this orange tie-dyed cake!!

Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake –  A fast, easy, foolproof cake that looks tie-dyed from the strawberry streaks! Super moist yet light and perfect for spring and summer parties!!

Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake - A fast, EASY, foolproof cake that looks tie-dyed from the strawberry streaks!! Super moist yet light and perfect for spring and summer parties!!

Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze – Fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer, from-scratch cake that’s easier than a mix! The glaze soaks into every inch and you’ll be in juicy pineapple heaven!

Pineapple Poke Cake with Pineapple Glaze - Fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer, from-scratch cake that's easier than a mix! The glaze soaks into every inch and you'll be in juicy pineapple HEAVEN!!

Pistachio Double Pudding Cake – There’s pistachio pudding in the soft cake and in the fluffy whipped frosting!! Pistachio fans are going to love this retro-inspired cake that’s easy and delicious!

Pistachio Double Pudding Cake - There's pistachio pudding in the soft cake AND in the fluffy whipped frosting!! Pistachio fans are going to love this retro-inspired cake that's EASY and DELICIOUS!!

Pumpkin

Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake – Easy and the best pumpkin cake ever! Two kinds of caramel sauce, toffee bits, chocolate chips, whipped topping and more! A total winner you must make!

Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake - Easy and the BEST PUMPKIN CAKE ever!! Two kinds of CARAMEL sauce, TOFFEE bits, CHOCOLATE CHIPS, whipped topping and more!! A total WINNER you must make!!

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – Soft, moist, and bursting with pumpkin flavor! You’ll want the frosting by the spoonful!! (who needs the cake when there’s luscious cream cheese frosting!)

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Soft, moist, and bursting with pumpkin flavor! You'll want the frosting by the spoonful!! (who needs the cake when there's luscious cream cheese frosting!)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache – One of my favorite cakes of ALL TIME! A must-make!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting – Fast, easy cake you’ll never guess is vegan!

Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting - Fast, easy cake you'll never guess is vegan. Recipe at averiecooks.com

Christmas and Valentine’s Day

Red Velvet Poke Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – If you like red velvet, you’re going to love this easy cake! Super soft, moist, topped with luscious cream cheese frosting and chocolate chips! Perfect for holidays and special events!

Red Velvet Poke Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - If you like red velvet, you're going to LOVE this EASY cake!! Super soft, moist, topped with luscious cream cheese frosting and chocolate chips! Perfect for holidays and special events!!

Coffee Cakes and Cinnamon Roll Cakes

Buttery Crumb Coffee Cake – A soft, fluffy cake with cinnamon-brown sugar streusel crumbs and a perfectly sweet glaze! An easy coffee cake that’s perfect for brunch, holidays, or anytime you’re craving cake!

Buttery Crumb Coffee Cake - A soft, fluffy cake with cinnamon-brown sugar streusel CRUMBS and a perfectly sweet glaze!! An easy coffee cake that's perfect for brunch, holidays, or anytime you're CRAVING cake!!

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze – The great taste of cinnamon rolls, minus any of the waiting or work!

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake – A cinnamon-sugar filling runs through the center of this soft, buttery cake that’s also coated with cinnamon-sugar! Everyone loves this easy cake that tastes like snickerdoodle cookies!

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake - A cinnamon-sugar filling runs through the center of this soft, buttery cake that's also coated with cinnamon-sugar!! Everyone loves this easy cake that tastes like snickerdoodle cookies!!

Glazed Cinnamon Roll Cake – The flavor of cinnamon rolls in a soft, tender, easy cake! One bowl, no mixer, and you’re going to love the tangy-sweet glaze!

Glazed Cinnamon Roll Cake - The flavor of cinnamon rolls in a soft, tender, EASY cake!! One bowl, no mixer, and you're going to love the tangy-sweet GLAZE!!

Spice Cakes

Toffee Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Frosting – An easy, soft, and fluffy spice cake with toffee bits inside and on top! The frosting is amazing and takes this cake over the top!

Toffee Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Frosting - An EASY, soft, and fluffy spice cake with toffee bits inside and on top!! The frosting is AMAZING and takes this cake over the top!!

Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze – Apple cake meets banana bread with a to-die-for glaze! Best.ever.

Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze - Apple cake meets banana bread with a to-die-for glaze! Best.ever.

Vanilla, White, and Yellow Cakes

Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze – You won’t miss chocolate at all after trying this cake! The glaze is just heavenly!

Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze - You won't miss chocolate at all after trying this cake! The glaze is just heavenly!!!

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream – Move over storebought cake mix! This easy cake only takes minutes to make and tastes wayyyy better!!

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake - Move over storebought cake mix!! This easy cake only takes minutes to make and tastes wayyyy better!!

Sweet Cream Vanilla Coffee Cake – You’ll never guess what special ingredient keeps this fast and easy cake so soft and moist!

Sweet Cream Vanilla Coffee Cake - You'll never guess what special ingredient keeps this fast & easy cake so soft and moist!

Caramel Cream Poke Cake – A creamy caramel mixture soaks into soft yellow cake before being topped with whipped cream and more caramel! An easy cake that’s a guaranteed winner especially with caramel lovers!

Caramel Cream Poke Cake - A creamy caramel mixture soaks into soft yellow cake before being topped with whipped cream and more CARAMEL!! An easy cake that's a guaranteed WINNER especially with caramel lovers!!

The Best Tres Leches Cake – Soft, tender, and soaked with three milks! It just melts in your mouth and it’s the BEST tres leches cake ever! You need to try this amazing cake!

The Best Tres Leches Cake - Soft, tender, and soaked with three milks! It just melts in your mouth and it's the BEST tres leches cake ever!! You need to try this AMAZING cake!!

Icebox Cakes

Chocolate Candy Bar Icebox Cake – Easy frozen dessert with graham crackers, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, chocolate chips, peanut butter cups and Snickers! Perfect for when you don’t want to turn on your oven!

Chocolate Candy Bar Icebox Cake - Easy frozen dessert with graham crackers, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, chocolate chips, PEANUT BUTTER CUPS and SNICKERS!! Perfect for when you don't want to turn on your oven!!

Boston Cream Icebox Cake – Boston cream pie meets an eclair in an easy no-mixer, no-bake dessert! Vanilla pudding, whipped topping, graham crackers, and lots of chocolate! Perfect for parties or anytime you don’t want to turn on your oven!

Boston Cream Icebox Cake - Boston cream PIE meets an ECLAIR in an easy no-mixer, no-bake dessert!! Vanilla pudding, whipped topping, graham crackers, and lots of chocolate! Perfect for parties or anytime you don't want to turn on your oven!!

11 comments on “35 Best Easy Cakes”

  1. These all look so good–there is something for every flavor preference and every occasion! I think you could write another cookbook:) These kind of round ups make me realize how much baking, testing, tweaking, and researching is behind all your recipes (and then all the gorgeous photography after)!

    • Lol…another cookbook will be saved for another lifetime :) Thanks for sharing that realization and yes, there is a ton of work behind a recipe roundup like this one! Spans years of kitchen experiments and lots of grocery store runs and dishes to do :)

  2. I am eyeing up your different caramel cake recipes for my son’s upcoming birthday. I just made your zucchini chocolate chip bundt cake earlier this week because, you know, it’s zucchini season here in Michigan. :) My kids told me it was a keeper. OK, actually, they were imitating the hosts on the Best British Baking Show and said that it was a “good bake” with “no soggy bottom”. We have a crazy sense of humor around here …

  3. MMMM MMMM I think I gained ten whole pounds just LOOKING at these recipes! LOL

    I think the pistachio will be the first one I’ll try because…..well, it’s PISTACHIO!

    I thank you for these because I’m married to a sugarholic. There are never enough sweets around OUR house.

  4. Hi Avery!

    Wow, this is one awesome roundup! I am so gonna try the upside down pineapple cake (my husband & teenage son love pineapple!) and also the cookies & cream bundt cake.

    I’m on a ‘mission’ right now to bake a cake every weekend – enough with the store-bought stuff which costs a lot and frankly, doesn’t taste that good, either. So this will be the perfect primer for me to go on my baking mission – thanks!! xxx

  5. The pumpkin cakes are calling my name! I’ve held off for a while since it’s still summer, but looking at these now, I don’t think I can wait much longer. Can’t wait to dive in!

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