20 Cakes to Make When Your Cupboards Are Bare

Craving cake but don't have a lot in the pantry? No problem! These easy cake recipes can be made with just a short list of ingredients.

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Easy Cake Recipes Anyone Can Bake

7 Up Pound Cake

“My grandmother gave me this 7 Up pound cake recipe. On top of being delicious, it represents family tradition, connection and love.” —Marsha Davis, Desert Hot Springs, California

Get the recipe for 7 Up Pound Cake.

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Dream Cupcakes

“My grandchildren love these cream-filled cupcakes. They’re a special treat yet easy to make. And they keep nicely in the refrigerator.” —Dorothy Bahlmann, Clarksville, Iowa

Get the recipe for Dream Cupcakes.

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Cherry Pudding Cake

“A cross between a cake and a cobbler, this dessert is a hit whenever I make it to share at a potluck. My family insists I make an extra batch to leave at home. A neighbour shared the recipe over 30 years ago.” —Brenda Parker, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Hazelnut cake squares recipe
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Hazelnut Cake Squares

“When one of my daughters is asked to bring a dish to a church function, a birthday party or any special occasion, they ask me for this recipe. It is so easy to prepare because it starts with a cake mix. It doesn’t need icing, so it is great for bake sales, too.” —Brenda Melancon, McComb, Mississippi

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

“I’ve tried different variations of these cakes for my family and this chocolate peanut butter mug cake is a winner! I have made it with almond milk and melted coconut oil, and both ways are delicious!” —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

Get the recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake.

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Chocolate Pound Cake

“You’ll find this cake is good with ice cream, but it’s also delicate enough that you can serve small pieces for a tea.” —Ann Perry, Sierra Vista, Arizona

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Blueberry-Lemon Upside-Down Cake

“I was young when I married, so I watched my mother-in-law to learn baking. This cake with fresh blueberries is one of her beauties.” —Bonnie Roberts, Newaygo, Michigan

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Poke Cake

“When my family is planning a get-together, I can count on three or four people asking if I’m bringing this chocolate peanut butter poke cake. If you don’t have a chocolate cake mix, use a white or yellow one and stir in 3 tablespoons of baking cocoa.” —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, Texas

Get the recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Poke Cake.

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Easy Pistachio Tube Cake

“Mixes make this light cake easy, and a fluted tube pan gets it holiday party-ready. Go for the pistachios on top—the extra crunch is worth it.” —Dina Crowell, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Get the recipe for Easy Pistachio Tube Cake.

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Banana Chip Cake

“This is my version of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream (my favourite!) in a cake. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool.” —Barbara Pryor, Milford, Massachusetts

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Root beer float cake
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Root Beer Float Cake

“I add root beer to both the cake batter and fluffy frosting of this summery dessert to get that great root beer float taste. Serve this moist cake to a bunch of hungry kids and watch it disappear!” —Kat Thompson, Prineville, Oregon

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Orange-Lemon Cake

“Family and friends will love this moist cake’s refreshing citrus taste and its pretty presentation.” —Ann Robinson, Bloomington, Indiana

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Yellow Cupcakes

“Nothing is better than homemade cupcakes. They are so delicious and fluffy. Choose whatever frosting you want to top these treats.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Classic Chocolate Cake

“If you need to learn how to make chocolate cake from scratch, this easy homemade chocolate cake recipe is a perfect place to start. It appeared on a can of Hershey’s Cocoa way back in 1943. I tried it, my boys liked it and I’ve been making it ever since.” —Betty Follas, Morgan Hill, California

Get the recipe for Classic Chocolate Cake.

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Pineapple upside-down dump cake recipe
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Pineapple Upside-Down Dump Cake

“This dump cake recipe is wonderful topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. It works well with gluten-free and sugar-free cake mixes too.” —Karin Gatewood, Dallas, Texas

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Lemon Sheet Cake

“Lemon pie filling lends a splash of citrus flavour to convenient cake mix, and a rich cream cheese frosting gives it sweetness. My family likes this lemon sheet cake cold, so I cut it into squares and freeze before serving.” —Alyce Dubisar, North Bend, Oregon

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

“Because I’m our town’s postmaster, I can bake only in my spare time. When I do, I especially like this sour cream cake recipe. This one tastes great as is, or tucked under ice cream and chocolate syrup like a hot fudge sundae!” —Karen Conrad, East Troy, Wisconsin

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Cocoa Cake

“This cake is so moist it doesn’t need frosting. I simply sprinkle powdered sugar over the top. It’s my favourite dessert to bring for potlucks, and there’s never a piece left to take home!” —Beulah Sak, Fairport, New York

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Cherry Dream Cake recipe
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Cherry Dream Cake

“I serve this cherry cake for holidays because it’s so festive and easy. No one will know your secret is adding a package of cherry gelatin to a boxed cake mix!” —Margaret McNeil, Germantown, Tennessee

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Contest-Winning Moist Chocolate Cake

“You don’t have to spend a lot of time to serve an elegant and delicious dessert. Just mix up the batter in one bowl, bake and get ready for people to love this chocolate bundt cake.” —Christa Hageman, Telford, Pennsylvania

Get the recipe for Contest-Winning Moist Chocolate Cake.

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