Since it comes so shortly after Christmas, with all its cooking and shopping and cleaning and visiting, putting together a big spread or a complicated recipe for a New Year’s party can feel like a bit much. You need a break, but you still want to mark the occasion with something nice. With that in mind, here are 15 delicious and incredibly easy cake recipes that won’t cost you hours in the kitchen, ensuring that you can toast to a relaxing New Year’s!
APPLE BLOOD ORANGE BUCKLE
Because of their exciting name, surprising appearance, and their singularly delicious taste, blood oranges are an increasingly popular ingredient for chefs everywhere. This blood orange buckle with apples makes spectacular use of this favorite slightly bittersweet citrus.
Make apple blood orange buckle
DECADENT (BUT EASY) CHOCOLATE CAKE
This decadent chocolate cake takes only 45 minutes from start to finish. That gets you out of the kitchen and into your favorite chair with a mug of cider or that novel you got for Christmas.
Make decadent chocolate cake
BROWN SUGAR TEA CAKE
This brown sugar tea cake is light and sweet, perfect for guests on the New Year’s Eve or for New Year’s Day brunch. The best part? At only 125 calories a serving, you won’t need to break any resolutions to enjoy it.
Make brown sugar tea cake
CRANBERRY ORANGE POUND CAKE
If you like to eat seasonally, winter can be tough, but there are still a few fruits that can you can enliven your winter dishes. Oranges are in season throughout the winter and we’re just drawing to the end of cranberry season now. Make the most of winter’s bounty with this quick and easy cranberry orange pound cake.
Make cranberry orange pond cake
CHOCOLATE DATE CAKE
In the mood for a cake that’s rich and cozy? Short on time? Looking for something sweet that’s not loaded with sugar? Then this is the cake for you. The combination of chocolate and dates is to die for, but with very little of the sweetness coming from sugar, it’s a relatively healthy treat.
Make chocolate date cake
OLIVE OIL CAKE WITH GRAPES
Olive oil cake is our go-to dessert when we need something fantastic in a hurry. It’s a versatile recipe that accommodates almost any variation you can think of. This version, with contrasting the flavors of lemon and grape, is one of our favorites, but feel free to experiment with what you have on hand. It’s hard to go wrong.
Make olive oil cake with grapes