Easy Cake Recipes Requiring 7 Ingredients or Less

When you’re low on time and energy but need a dessert to serve guests, you usually go for cookies or brownies, as they’re easy to make and difficult to mess up. But cake can be simple to master, too, and when one only requires five ingredients, there’s no reason you shouldn’t impress your guests with the dessert that is typically left to restaurant chefs. To make a perfect cake, all you need is flour, sugar, baking soda, and at least one egg. Aside from the basics, the other ingredients are for flavoring the cake, and they can be adjusted or enlisted as needed. We’re highlighting five 6-ingredient cake recipes to show you just how easy cake making can be.

1. Classic Pound Cake

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First up is a classic pound cake from Martha Stewart. It’s easy to see why people love pound cake. The dessert is simple, rich, and buttery, and bakers love it, too. It’s easy to make with only six ingredients: flour, salt, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Bake your cake in the oven for 65 minutes and you’re good to go. This cake doesn’t even need frosting.


  • 1 pound all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 4 sticks softened unsalted butter, plus more for pans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 9 large, room-temperature eggs


See recipe directions at Martha Stewart.

2. Chocolate Ganache Soufflé Cake

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Next up is a chocolate ganache soufflé cake featured on Today. Many people think soufflé cakes are impossible to master, but this recipe proves they’re actually ridiculously easy, and only require six ingredients. You won’t find flour on this ingredients list, but dark chocolate, butter, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and eggs are present. You can serve your chocolate ganache soufflé cake with a dusting of powdered sugar or with whipped cream, and then it’s time to dig in to enjoy the best part of a soufflé: the warm, gooey inside.


  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, plus a little extra to prepare the pan
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream or powdered sugar, for serving

See recipe directions at Today.

3. Vegan Chocolate Cake

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Regardless if you’re vegan, you’ll love this vegan chocolate cake featured on Mind Body Green from Deliciously Ella. It requires only six ingredients and 30 minutes of baking time. As you can guess from its name, this cake has no eggs, but is rather filled with avocados, almond butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, almond meal, and chia seeds. The frosting is optional, but if you want to go big, combine coconut oil, cacao powder, and maple syrup in a saucepan before frosting it over the top of your cooled cake. This cake is full of healthy fats and natural ingredients, and when it’s this easy to make, there’s no reason to resist.


  • Coconut oil, for the pan
  • 3 avocados
  • 7 tablespoons almond butter
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder, plus more to dust (optional)
  • 1½ cups plus 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1½ cups almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds


  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

See recipe directions from Deliciously Ella.

4. Yellow Poppyseed Cake


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A light refreshing cake is welcomed in the summer, and this yellow poppyseed cake from Pip and Ebby is the ticket. It takes a shortcut with a yellow cake mix, and combines that with vanilla pudding mix, egg whites, applesauce, and poppy seeds to yield a bundt cake that is as easy on the eyes as it is on the stomach. You’ll bake your cake for 50 minutes and then it’s up to you whether you want to add a glaze.


  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 8 egg whites
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup poppy seeds
  • 1 cup water

See recipe directions at Pip and Ebby.

5. Blueberry Snack Cake

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The best kind of cake is one you can eat for breakfast, a snack, or dessert, and this blueberry snack cake from Barefeet In The Kitchen is just that. It’s a buttery cake studded with fresh blueberries that doesn’t require any kind of frosting or glaze. The required ingredients are also those you likely already have in your pantry including eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and flour.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 12 ounces fresh blueberries, about 2 cups

See recipe directions at Barefeet in the Kitchen.

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