Who doesn't like cake? It's the perfect thing to cheer you up after a really hard day and there's a reason it's used to celebrate pretty much every holiday! What we might not love about it though, is the fact that a lot of the recipes online use a huge array of ingredients. Most of us are never going to use a lot of those ingredients again, which makes it a waste to buy so many! Here's where we're coming to help – here are 7 easy no-bake cakes that keep the ingredient list to a minimum so there's as little waste as possible. You'll find that you might even have some of these ingredients already on hand!
7 Double Chocolate Toffee Cake
Just the name itself is pretty mouthwatering. All you need is 2% milk, a package of instant chocolate pudding mix, heavy whipping cream, 2 packs of chocolate wafers and 2 chocolate toffee candy bars. This is all stuff you can use in other recipes or eat as individual items. Whisk the pudding and milk until stiff peaks form and set it aside. First, layer some wafers in the bottom a pan, then put 1/4th of the pudding milk mix on top and add another layer of wafers. Repeat the layering, ending with the pudding milk mix on top. Crush the chocolate toffee candy bars into small pieces and sprinkle on top. Put it in the fridge overnight to set. There you have it – an excellent, sweet cake with no ovens involved. See the full recipe here.
6 Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Ice cream cakes are pretty much a staple at any birthday party, but they can be a little bit pricey. This ice cream sandwich cake is a good alternative that's pretty much just as tasty. All it takes are 24 vanilla ice cream sandwiches (or any flavor of ice cream sandwich really), two containers of whipped cream topping, one jar hot fudge ice cream topping, one jar of caramel ice cream topping and some pecans. Arrange some of the ice cream sandwiches into the bottom of a pan, and put a layer of whipped cream topping, hot fudge ice cream topping and caramel ice cream topping on top of the ice cream sandwiches. Repeat the layering, ending with a layer of whipped cream topping on top. Sprinkle with chopped pecan, cover in foil and leave in the fridge to set. Easy and delicious! Find the full recipe here.
5 Mug Cake
Feeling particularly lazy? Maybe you don't want to wash a multitude of dishes and pans. If that's the case, this three-ingredient mug cake is going to be the perfect dessert for you. All this mug cake takes is an egg, 1/4th cup of powdered sugar and cocoa powder to taste. Add the egg, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar together in a mug and whisk well. Microwave it for about a minute and you're done! To make it even better, you can add sprinkles or strawberries or any other topping you'd like. Find the full recipe here.
4 Mars Bars Cake
Can't get enough of Mars bars? We have a surprise for you – Mars bars cake. What you need is five Mars bars, white chocolate, butter, Rice Krispies and golden syrup. You can sub in honey for golden syrup instead. Melt the Mars bars and butter in a pan and add in the Rice Krispies while stirring. When the Rice Krispies are coated with the melted Mars bars and butter, press the mixture into a greased and parchment paper lined tin to set. Melt the white chocolate and pour over the coated Rice Krispies. Refrigerate and cut! Find the full recipe here.
3 Cake Pops
Like cake but bite-sized! The ingredients for these cake pops are chocolate sandwich cookies (i.e. Oreos), a pack of cream cheese, marshmallow creme, vanilla almond bark, and shortening. Break the chocolate sandwich cookies until they're finely crushed. Add the marshmallow creme and cream cheese to the crushed cookies and roll into small balls. Place the balls on a lined pan and freeze for a few minutes. Melt the bark and dip each skewer you'll be using for the cake pops in it and then push a stick into each cake pop ball. Freeze again. Then, dip the cake balls completely in the melted bark and freeze again until firm. Find the full recipe here.
2 Chocolate Coffee Cheesecake
No one's ever going to know you didn't use an oven for this cake – it looks just as delicious as any other cheesecake. What you need for it is butter, two blocks of cream cheese, hot fudge sauce, coffee ice cream and several chocolate wafer cookies. Butter and line a pan with parchment paper. Whip the cream cheese and fudge sauce together and add the coffee ice cream in two parts and combine until fluffy. Arrange some of the cookies on the bottom of the pan. Break some of the cookies to fill in the gaps (save some whole cookies to put on the top layer). Add the cream cheese, coffee ice cream and fudge sauce mixture on top of the cookies lining the bottom of the pan. Put a layer of intact cookies on top, like you did on the bottom. Chill for at least 8 hours or overnight! Done! Find the whole recipe here.
1 Watermelon Cake
Watermelon might not sound like something you'd make a cake out of, but it's surprisingly delicious and a good break from all the other heavy cakes you may find. You'll need a whole watermelon, heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Cut off the top and bottom of the watermelon, and shape into a cake while removing anything that isn't the red fruit part. Beat the heavy cream and add the sugar a little at a time. Then add the vanilla bean seeds. Continue beating until thick. Coat the watermelon in the heavy cream mixture and you're pretty much done. You can also scoop out watermelon from the ends you cut off and use it to garnish the top of the cake. Store this in the fridge until you're ready to eat it. Find the whole recipe here.