If you’re looking for easy desserts that take little time to prepare but offer maximum flavor and appeal, this is the list for you!

Most of these 35 desserts contain 8 ingredients or less, making them perfect for everyday treats, celebrations with friends, and Holiday desserts.

Easy desserts with cake, muffin and tart

Easy cake recipes

1. Apple cake

You won’t believe how soft, moist and easy this apple cake is. Make it with white flour, or whole-wheat flour or fill it with a mouthwatering 5-minute custard, it’s a fun and delightful crowd-pleaser.

baked vegan apple cake

2. Lemon blueberry cake

This lemon blueberry cake is an easy 8-ingredient single-layer cake packed with fresh blueberries and a soft and moist texture. It’s a guaranteed family-favorite and perfect as a snack or light dessert.

blueberry cake with fresh blueberries

3. Carrot cake

This carrot cake is packed with flavor, with just the right amount of moistness. Unlike most carrot cake recipes, ours does not contain a ton of sugar or oil. Try it, and you’ll never bake any other carrot cake again!

vegan carrot cake cut into squares

4. Lemon cake

This egg-free lemon cake is soft, light, moist, and incredibly easy to make, with a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Eat as is, or make a glossy lemon curd filling for an elegant and indulgent dessert.

Vegan lemon cake with frosting

5. Banana bread

One-bowl, one-fork, 7-ingredient banana bread. You can make the best, easiest egg-free banana bread any time you feel like it, without needing complicated ingredients.

banana bread on white plate

6. Pear cake

Our pear cake is softmoistfruity, and easy to make at home. You only need 7 simple ingredients to make this pear-packed dessert.

Pear cake with cinnamon and fresh pears

7. Easy chocolate cake

This super easy chocolate cake is a quick and simple recipe that melts in your mouth. It’s not your traditional layered cake, but a shorter and easiertomake version.

Easy chocolate cake sliced

8. Easy zucchini bread

Here’s a moist and egg-free zucchini bread with less fat and reduced sugar; without compromising flavor. Grated zucchini, walnuts and chocolate chips make for a wholesome and delightful bread – try it for your next brunch or breakfast!

Vegan Zucchini Bread cut into slices

9. Blueberry pound cake with glaze

This lemon blueberry pound cake is a quick and easy recipe you can put together in 5 minutes with a few simple ingredients.

blueberry lemon pound cake and slices

10. Orange cake

This orange cake is light, soft, and easy to make with simple ingredients and fresh oranges. You can eat it as is or fill it with a 5-minute delicious orange curd filling.

Orange cake on a plate

11. Brownie cake

This chocolate brownie cake is an easy recipe made with 5 simple ingredients. Packed with chocolate flavor, it can be served warm, with ice cream, or at room temperature.

brownie cake with ice cream

12. Coffee cake

This light and airy coffee cake is a very easy cake to make with simple ingredients you already have in your pantry. Eat as is or fill it with a 5-minute hazelnut custard.

vegan coffee cake

Easy muffin recipes

These quick and easy muffin recipes are perfect as desserts, snacks, and for the Sunday brunch buffet.

13. Blueberry muffins

These egg-free blueberry muffins are soft, light, moist, and packed with juicy blueberries. They are easy to make with only 8 simple ingredients; you can whip them up in just 5 minutes.

opened blueberry muffins

14. Sweet potato muffins

These sweet potato muffins are soft and very easy to make, with 10 simple pantry ingredients. In less than 30 minutes, you can make these vibrant and rich muffins.

sweet potato muffins with chocolate chips

15. Oat flour muffins

Oat muffins are easy to make and contain plenty of fiber and natural sugars that will give you a slow release of energy and keep you full longer. In just about 30 minutes, these muffins will be ready to eat, perfect for breakfast and as a snack!

Oat flour muffins with nut butter

16. Zucchini chocolate chip muffins

Soft, wholesome, and with chocolate chips, these zucchini muffins are a breakfast and brunch winner. Make them in less than 30 minutes (baking included) and enjoy them as a quick breakfast on the go, or as a healthy snack.

Zucchini Muffins on a white tray

17. Apple muffins

These easy apple muffins take only 10 minutes of prep time and seven simple ingredients. Sweet, soft, and perfectly tender apple pieces, these muffins are a must-try for breakfast and brunch.

Apple muffins cooling down

Easy sweets in 30 minutes

Feeling like a sweet treat now? Get a quick dessert with any of these 30-minute recipes that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth

18. Coffee mousse

Coffee mousse is an easy and quick recipe that you can prepare in very little time. It’s made with strong black coffee – best if you have espresso – and whipping cream.

coffee mousse and spoon

19. Vanilla custard

Our egg-free custard is a velvety smoothcreamy, and delicious recipe that you can make in 10 minutes with 5 simple ingredients. Eat on its own or add to cakes and pastry as a creamy and indulgent filling.

custard variation with vanilla

20. Oatmeal pancakes

Oatmeal pancakes are an easy, tasty, and wholesome breakfast recipe you can make with a few pantry staples and enjoy with your family. They take just 10 minutes of preparation time and cook fast on a pan.

Oatmeal pancakes with syrup

21. Candied walnuts

Here’s a nut-based and homemade candy idea for special occasions: candied walnuts. It’s a simple step-by-step recipe you can make with 3 ingredients in 10 minutes.

Candied walnuts on a white plate

22. Chocolate custard

We use simple ingredients to make this egg-free chocolate custard (including dark chocolate). Everyone will love this, it takes just 5 minutes to make and require only 5 ingredients.

Custard variation with chocolate

23. Baked pears

(Recipe can be found in the recipe box). Baked pears are an easy yet elegant sweet and tender dessert that only requires four ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven.

half pear on a plate with nuts and ice cream

24. Crepes

These egg-free crepes are every bit as delicious as normal crepes, but they are light, thin, and as delicious and ready in 25 minutes. Eat them with ice cream, sugar or hazelnut spread for an indulgent and delightful dessert.

Vegan crepes with nutella

25. Easy vegan pancakes

These vegan pancakes are light, soft, and delicious like no other pancakes. Soft, tall, fluffy, and easy to make, you can serve these pancakes within 30 minutes.

pancakes stack with syrup

Easy Italian desserts

Easy to make with a simple procedure, few ingredients, and inspired by Italian baking traditions.

26. Crostata with jam filling

Crostata is the most popular homemade dessert in Italy because it’s easy to make with a few simple pantry staples. This Italian tart bakes in 30 minutes, and it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Crostata with slice on a white plate

27. Homemade donuts

Vegan donuts are so easy to make with simple ingredients and they are as delicious as regular donuts. They bake in just 15 minutes and is made with a yeast dough.

vegan donuts with sugar

28. Wine cookies

Wine cookies are Italian cookies that is very easy to make, with simple ingredients. They bake in just 20 minutes, and require about 10 minutes of preparation time.

wine cookies on a plate

29. Cinnamon rolls

These cinnamon rolls are made with an easy brioche dough that can be prepared the night before baking. They’re lightly toasted on the outside, soft and moist on the inside, and with a tad of caramelized sugar.

cinnamon rolls on a tray

30. Blueberry tart

Easy, flaky and crusty, you can prepare this blueberry tart in 10 minutes and bake it in 30. It’s a quick yet indulgently delicious dessert for special occasions, weekends, or a sweet Sunday treat.

blueberry tart sliced on a plate

31. Fruit tart

Here’s a rainbow-colored and happy dessert recipe; Italian fruit tart. We use simple ingredients that you already have in your pantry, and top it with fresh seasonal fruit. This is an easy dessert that is perfect for any occasion.

fruit tart

32. Ricotta pie

This ricotta pie is a wonderfully easy recipe with a few simple ingredients. We make a soft filling with ricotta, chocolate chips and orange zest and spread it in an easy pie crust. This tart brings a light and cozy taste that will take you straight to southern Italy.

Ricotta pie sliced

33. Easy almond biscotti

Our Italian biscotti recipe is easy and made with simple ingredients that you probably already have at gome. You’ll get beautiful, crunchy, and nutty biscotti, perfect to dip in sweet wine, chocolate, or to eat as they are.

biscotti on a baking tray

34. Apple tart

This apple tart is full of sliced fresh apples, made with just 8 ingredients, and tossed in a cinnamon-sugar coating. Bake the apples in a flaky easy-to-make, no-knead, no-roll pastry dough, this recipe is with clear step-by-step instructions.

apple tart just baked

35. Lemon pound cake

This light and airy vegan pound cake with lemon is easy to make with just 8 ingredients. You’ll get a softmoistspongy and sweet treat or breakfast that your whole family will enjoy.

pound cake with lemon

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35 easy desserts with cake and muffins

Best Easy Desserts

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 1 vote
Baked pears are an easy yet elegant sweet and tender dessert that only requires four ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven. They are one of the most effortless desserts to make at home for a quick and indulgent treat.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, International


  • 3 or 4 pears
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecan
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or more to taste
  • vanilla or chocolate ice cream optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Wash and cut the pears in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds.
    scooping out the core of the pear
  • Optionally, you can cut off a sliver on the other end so they sit upright.
    slivering off the bottom of the pears
  • Place the pears on the baking dish, with the cut side facing upward.
    seeded pears in a baking pan
  • Fill each pear with a few pieces of pecan or walnuts. Then drizzle with some maple syrup, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Quantities depend on your taste and dietary needs.
    walnuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon in the pears
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F or 180°C, take out, cool down for 5 to 10 minutes, and serve.
    baked pears right out of the oven
  • Transfer to a serving platter or individual plates. Optionally, serve with a scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, or with greek-style yogurt.
    baked pears with vanilla ice cream


Easy Baked Pears | a healthy dessert for the weekdays!


Nutrition information is as estimate for 1 baked pear per person.
  1. We use a measuring spoon or teaspoon to scoop out the core and seeds.
  2. Try to preserve the stems when you cut the pears as they look prettier that way.
  3. Add maple syrup before the cinnamon. If you add cinnamon first, the maple syrup won’t stick to the pears and will end up on the bottom of your baking pan.
  4. Some pears might take a few minutes longer to cook, especially if they are not ripe. To check doneness, pierce one of them with a knife. If the blade slides in easily, the pears are ready. If not, bake a few minutes longer.
  5. If you bake pears that are not ripe, add ¼ cup of water to the baking pan and double the cooking time to 1 hour.


Calories: 190kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 260mg, Dietary Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 53IU, Vitamin B6: 0.1mg, Vitamin C: 8mg, Vitamin E: 0.4mg, Vitamin K: 8µg, Calcium: 30mg, Folate: 15µg, Iron: 1mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 28mg, Zinc: 1mg
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