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33 Easy Cake Recipes: Dump Cakes, Upside Down Cakes & More


Updated April 14, 2016
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Lemon Pineapple Poke CakeLet's face it: making a cake can take a lot of time and effort. But not all dessert recipes are difficult and time-consuming. This collection of 33 Easy Cake Recipes is proof of that! Keep reading if you're looking for delicious cake recipes that are just as enjoyable to make as they are to eat! 


From effortless cake mix cake recipes to beyond easy upside down cakes and so much more, there are plenty of simple dessert recipes to choose from in this roundup of in-a-jiffy sweets!  Fruits, chocolate, Jello and pudding -- it's all featured right here in our collection of super easy recipes for cake.


These cake recipes don't require a lot of prep time and none of them feature fancy ingredients, so you don't have to worry about overly complicated baking instructions.  So if you're cooking for a party or have a large group to feed, look no further than these super-simple crowd-pleasing sweets!  Once you try one of these easy recipes for cake you'll be hooked and coming back to try out the next one!

If you enjoy these dump cakes, then you need to see our 16 Crazy Easy Dump Cake Recipes.


33 Easy Cake Recipes:
Dump Cakes, Upside Down Cakes & More

Table of Contents

Stress-Free Dump Cake Recipes
So Simple Upside Down Cake Recipes
Nothing to It Cake Mix Cake Recipes
In a Pinch Icebox Cake Recipes
Easy Old Fashioned Cake Recipes
More Super Easy Cake Recipes
Bonus Recipe + Video!



Stress-Free Dump Cake Recipes

Easy Hawaiian Dump Cake


4-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake

Chocolate lovers will go crazy for this easy dump cake recipe that's budget-friendly to boot!

4-Ingredient Caramel Apple Dump Cake

A tasty treat for fall that's practically effortless to make. What could be better?

Easy Hawaiian Dump Cake (shown)

A tropical twist on a super simple cake recipe. 

Black Forest Dump Cake

If you love decadent desserts, you're sure to be a fan of this beyond-easy black forest cake recipe! 

Best Easy Dump Cake Ever

Trust the name of this cake recipe; it really is one of the easiest desserts you'll ever make!

Hubby's Favorite Dump Cake

When it comes to easy recipes for cake, this man-pleasing dessert makes it to the top of the list for sure.

Easy Apple Cinnamon Dump Cake

Dump all your ingredients into the pan with the cake mix on top, and bake until gooey underneath and a little bit crispy on top. You can't go wrong with this recipe!


So Simple Upside Down Cake Recipes

Starkrimson Pear Upside Down Cake


Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake 

You can't go wrong with a classic, and this recipe for pineapple upside down cake is a longtime reader favorite!

Starkrimson Pear Upside Down Cake

The cake has a wonderful cinnamon flavor that comes through in each and every bite. The pears match perfectly with the cinnamon and brown sugar used in the base of the cake recipe.

Simple Banana Upside Down Cake 

For a new twist on traditional upside down cakes, try this recipe for a banana-topped decadent dessert.

Cranberry Pear Upside Down Cake

You'll go nuts over this deliciously easy cake recipe! The combination of cranberry and pear is to die for.

Shortcut Tropical Upside Down Cake 

A box of yellow cake mix is what makes this upside down cake recipe so super simple to prepare. But no one has to know your secret shortcut!


Nothing to It Cake Mix Cake Recipes

Cannoli Poke Cake


Banana Split Cake Mix Cake
What could be better than a banana split for dessert? How about an entire cake recipe that tastes like the classic treat? Try this one and you'll be hooked!

Better than Sex Coconut Cake
The name says it all for this one. If you're in the market for easy recipes for cake, this one's a surefire crowd-pleaser! 

Super Easy Puddin' Cake 
Just one look at this decadent chocolate cake and you'll be drooling!  What are you waiting for? Grab a box of chocolate cake mix and try this amazing dessert recipe today!

Beyond Easy Orange Dream Cake
Not a fan of chocolate? There are plenty of easy cake recipes that feature other flavors, like this sweet orange creation.

Dreamy Coconut Cream Poke Cake
Coconut cream instant pudding and cake mix combine to make one heavenly easy dessert recipe!

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake 
Poke cakes are some of the best easy recipes for cake around because they're so moist and delicious. This is one of our all-time favorites!

Cannoli Poke Cake 
Reader Favorite! (shown)
Vanilla cake is soaked in sweetened condensed milk, then frosted with an amazing cannoli filling. This easy cake mix recipe is so good, you'll be licking the sides of the pan!


In a Pinch Icebox Cake Recipes

Ultimate Banana Split Icebox Cake


Tempting Black Forest Icebox Cake
Use snack cakes for the layers of your icebox cake and baking becomes so much simpler! Try this easy cake recipe and you'll see what we mean.

Devil Dog Icebox Cake
If you remember Devil Dogs from your childhood, you'll definitely love this nostalgic icebox cake recipe! 

Simply Delicious No-Bake Icebox Cake
This cake recipe is no-frills, but full of flavor! Try this simple dessert if you're short on time but still want to impress.

Quick and Easy Icebox Cake
Just five simple ingredients go into this delicious no bake dessert recipe that will have you hooked at the very first bite!

Ultimate Banana Split Icebox Cake (shown)
This icebox cake recipe is dangerously good. One look at the picture will show you why...


Easy Old Fashioned Cake Recipes

1950s Hot Milk Sponge Cake


1950s Hot Milk Sponge Cake (shown)

Old fashioned cake recipes are some of the best because they use simple ingredients and always turn out great. This simple cake recipe from scratch is no more work than mixing up a cake mix, yet much more delicious.

1970s Pineapple Dream Dessert 

A graham cracker crust is topped with a buttery filling, a layer of pineapple, then a whipped topping. The layers come together to form a mouthwatering dessert that's perfect for parties and potlucks.

Grandma's Lazy Daisy Cake 

This old-fashioned dessert recipe is nothing short of delicious. Oatmeal cake with caramel frosting and coconut sprinkled on top, this one recipe that has withstood the test of time.

Great Depression Cake 

This delicious spice cake recipe is made with cinnamon, ground cloves and nutmeg, and is a super simple way to make a tasty dessert on a budget.

Old Fashioned Banana Corn Flake Cake

You haven't lived until you've tried this Old Fashioned Banana Cornflake Cake. A delicious yellow cake recipe that will remind you of baking with your grandma, this old-fashioned banana cake recipe will have you head over heels.

Great Grandma's Famous Jimmy Cake 

"Jimmies" are chocolate sprinkles mixed into the cake to give it just a hint of chocolate that complements the coffee flavor. This easy coffee cake is great for dessert or to enjoy with a cup of coffee in the morning.

More Super Easy Cake Recipes

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Cake

Easy Gooey Cinnamon Roll Cake

Easy Gooey Cinnamon Roll Cake is a feast for the eyes as well as for the stomach. Just look at that perfectly round cinnamon roll with cinnamon goo running in a flawless swirl and a glaze dripping off the sides. Are you drooling yet?

Texas Yum Yum Cake

Why do we call this dessert Texas Yum Yum Cake? Because one bite of this delightful dessert will have you saying, “yum!” Texas Yum Yum Cake is a tried-and-true no bake dessert recipe that everyone will enjoy. 

Lemon Pineapple Poke Cake

Lemon Pineapple Poke Cake is a refreshing dessert that's perfect for picnics and potlucks. This easy poke cake recipe calls for very few ingredients but makes one very tasty treat.

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

This delicious Peanut Butter Sheet Cake will satisfy all your cravings for the smooth, creamy stuff. Make this easy cake for birthday parties or family gatherings. Everyone loves yummy peanut butter dessert recipes!


17 Effortless Recipes With Cake Mix



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Bonus: Millionaire's Cake

This Millionaire's Cake is one of those yellow cake mix recipes that will "wow" party guests with its great flavor. With layers of pudding, cream cheese, pineapple and Cool Whip, this refreshing icebox cake is perfect to serve on a hot summer day. It's hard to find easy cake recipes like this one that are light and airy enough for the warm weather months, so hold onto this one. It's a keeper!

Millionaire's Cake


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That icebox cake looks amazing! I'm definitely making it for my sister's birthday next week.

I've had the Better than sex Dump cake and the 4 ingredient apple cake. I can say I am excited about this eBook!

Have you tried this recipe? What did you think?

I will not use any cake mix except Duncan Hines. I would like to have the recipe for almond pound cake.


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