- 3-2-1 Magic Mug Cake
Hardest part: Trying to decide between topping these off with sprinkles, chocolate, or marshmallows.
Cheat it by: Using them all because you CAN.
Recipe: 3-2-1 Magic Mug Cake
2. No Bake Nutella Cheesecake
Hardest part: Finely chopping a bar of dark chocolate to sprinkle on top.
Cheat it by: Substituting small chocolate chips.
Recipe: No Bake Nutella Cheesecake
3. Yellow Poppyseed Cake
Hardest part: Separating out egg whites to mix into your batter.
Cheat it by: Buying pre-separated egg whites in a carton.
Recipe: Yellow Poppy seed Cake
4. 3-Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake
Hardest part: It’s a dump cake, there are literally no hard parts.
5. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cake
Hardest part: Beating the eggs for a few minutes so they fluff up.
Cheat it by: Actually, can’t cheat this one if you want your cake to be taller than a pancake. Sorry.
Recipe: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cake
6. 2-Ingredient Soda Pop Cupcakes
Hardest part: Dividing the batter into 24 individual cupcake cups instead of dumping it into 2 cake pans.
Cheat it by: Putting the batter in cake pans and baking for 35 to 40 minutes instead of 15 to 18 minutes.
Recipe: 2-Ingredient Soda Pop Cupcakes
7. Pineapple Sunset Layer Cake
Hardest part: Spreading frosting evenly all over the cake.
Cheat it by: Only putting frosting in the middle and on the top.
Recipe: Pineapple Sunset Layer Cake
8. Swedish Mocha Cake
Hardest part: Melting butter in a saucepan.
Cheat it by: Putting the butter in your (microwaveable) mixing bowl, then melting it in the microwave.
Recipe: Swedish Mocha Cake
9. Dr. Pepper Red Velvet Cake
Hardest part: Resisting the urge to drink the solo can of Dr. Pepper before you pour it into your batter.
Cheat it by: Stocking up on a six-pack of DP instead.
Recipe: Dr. Pepper Red Velvet Cake
10. 3-Ingredient Lemon Cake
Hardest part: Zesting lemon peel for the garnish.
Cheat it by: Skip it — and double the whipped cream instead.
Recipe: 3-Ingredient Lemon Cake
11. Rice Cooker Cake
Hardest part: Adding the milk to the rest of your ingredients “a little at a time.”
Cheat it by: Mixing together your flour, sugar and eggs, then adding the milk all at once.
Recipe: Rice Cooker Cake
12. Pistachio Pudding Bundt Cake
Hardest part: Making a well in the middle of your dry ingredients to hold your wet ingredients.
Cheat it by: Dumping those wet ingredients in the damn bowl wherever you please and mixing everything together.
Recipe: Pistachio Pudding Bundt Cake
13. Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
Hardest part: Scooping the ice cream into tablespoon-sized pieces so it softens faster.
Cheat it by: Pulling your ice cream out of the freezer 15 minutes before you want to start baking.
Recipe: Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
14. 3-Ingredient Strawberry Cream Cake
Hardest part: Whipping the cream into fresh whipped cream. (Which really isn’t toohard and might be worth it, taste-wise, but does require a little bit of time)
Cheat it by: Using store-bought whipped cream or Cool Whip.
15. Funfetti Mug Cake
Hardest part: Same as the other mug cake in this article: mixing 2 boxes of cake mix together before putting them in your mug.
Cheat it by: Adding 1 1/2 tablespoons of each cake mix to your mug, instead of 3 tablespoons of the combined mixes.
Recipe: Funfetti Mug Cake
16. 3-Ingredient Creamsicle Cake
Hardest part: Grating orange zest for the batter and making that little decorative curl.
Cheat it by: Skipping the orange zest and peel completely, and maybe adding a teaspoon of orange extract in the batter, if you really feel like it.
Recipe: 3-Ingredient Creamsicle Cake
17. 4-Ingredient Pineapple Coconut Cake
Hardest part: Greasing and flouring your 9×13 pan.
Cheat it by: Using (enough) cooking spray and skipping the flour.