If you’re looking for easy desserts that take little time to prepare but offer maximum taste, this is the list for you.

These desserts contain eight ingredients or less, making them perfect for everyday treats, celebrations with friends, cookouts, and special occasions.

From simple baking ideas to quickfix treats requiring little preparation time, we’ve curated a collection of mouthwatering desserts that will dazzle your taste buds without keeping you chained to the kitchen.

Easy dessert ideas with easy baking recipes

From classic muffins and cakes to innovative twists on traditional favorites, such as egg-free recipes and plant-based sweets, we’ve simplified the baking process to make it accessible to everyone.

There is no need for fancy equipment or complex techniques—just straightforward instructions and readily available ingredients.

So, our easy dessert recipes cover you whether you’re hosting a last-minute gathering, cooking for Sunday brunch, or treating yourself after a long day.

Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with minimal stress and maximum enjoyment – because desserts should be a delight, not a chore.

Easy cake recipes

1. Egg-free apple cake

baked vegan apple cake

You won’t believe how soft, moist, and easy this egg-free apple cake is. 

This cake requires five minutes of preparation; it’s made in one bowl and contains only seven ingredients.

2. Lemon blueberry cake

blueberry cake with fresh blueberries

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, perfect as a snack or light dessert.

3. Carrot cake

vegan carrot cake cut into squares

This single-layer carrot cake is packed with flavor, with just the right amount of moistness.

Unlike most carrot cake recipes, ours does not contain much sugar or oil. Try it, and you’ll never bake another carrot cake.

4. Lemon cake

Vegan lemon cake with frosting

This egg-free lemon cake is soft, light, moist, and easy to make. It uses a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Eat as is, or make a 5-minute vegan frosting for an elegant and indulgent dessert.

5. Vegan banana bread

vegan banana bread and how to store it

Banana bread is an easy snack and dessert idea. With a spoonful of hazelnut spread, it’s a one-bowl, one-fork, seven-ingredient banana bread whipped together in no time.

You can make this easy eggfree banana bread without needing complicated ingredients.

6. Pear cake

Pear cake with cinnamon and fresh pears

Our pear cake is softmoistfruity, and easy to make at home.

You only need seven simple ingredients to make this pear-packed dessert.

7. Easy chocolate cake

chocolate cake with slice

This super easy chocolate cake is a quick and straightforward recipe that melts in your mouth.

It’s not your traditional layered cake but a shorter, easier-to-make version.

8. Easy zucchini bread

Vegan Zucchini Bread cut into slices

Here’s a moist, 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 dessert, brunch, or breakfast.

9. Blueberry lemon pound cake

blueberry lemon pound cake and slices

This lemon blueberry pound cake is a quick and easy recipe you can put together in 5 minutes and bake in 50.

Best of all, you can make this cake with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

10. Orange cake

Orange cake on a plate

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.

11. Vanilla cake

easy vanilla cake with frosting

This easy vanilla cake is effortlesswonderfully moist, and delicious, and you can make it with simple ingredients you already have in your pantry.

This is a life-changing recipe because you can now make vanilla cake whenever you feel like it with zero effort and without running to the store.

12. Italian carrot cake

slice of carrot cake with orange juice

This Italian orange carrot cake is light, with a soft and moist crumb.

Almond flour gives it a gentle nutty taste and fresh orange juice offers a Mediterranean flavor palette different from the classic carrot cake.

It’s excellent as a lighter dessert and a midafternoon snack with a cup of tea.

Easy muffin recipes

13. Blueberry muffins

opened blueberry muffins

These egg-free blueberry muffins are soft, light, moist, and packed with juicy blueberries.

They are easy to make with only eight simple ingredients; you can whip them up in 5 minutes.

14. Sweet potato muffins

sweet potato muffins with chocolate chips

These sweet potato muffins are soft and easy to make, with ten simple pantry ingredients.

In less than 30 minutes, you can make these vibrant muffins.

15. Banana muffins

Vegan banana muffins just baked

Our recipe is easy to make with a few simple pantry staples. You can make it in less than 30 minutes at any time of the year.

Banana muffins are excellent as a quick breakfast on the go, for a snack, or even as a dessert. They are relatively healthy compared to most sweets, and kids love them.

16. Vegan zucchini muffins

Zucchini muffins after baking in the oven

Soft, wholesome, and with chocolate chips, these zucchini muffins are a breakfast and brunch winner.

They can be made in less than 30 minutes (baking included) and enjoyed as a quick dessert or healthy snack.

17. Apple muffins

Apple muffins cooling down

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.

Easy dessert recipes in 30 minutes

18. Coffee mousse

coffee mousse and spoon

Coffee mousse is an easy and quick Italian recipe that takes little time to prepare.

It’s made with strong black coffee—best if you have espresso—and whipping cream.

19. Vanilla custard

custard variation with vanilla

Our egg-free custard is a velvety, smoothcreamy, and delicious recipe that you can make in 10 minutes with five simple ingredients.

Eat independently or add to cakes and pastry as a creamy and indulgent filling.

20. Oatmeal pancakes

Oatmeal pancakes with syrup

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 10 minutes of preparation and cook fast on a pan.

21. Candied walnuts

Candied walnuts on a white plate

Here’s a nut-based and homemade candy idea for special occasions: candied walnuts.

It’s a simple step-by-step recipe with three ingredients in 10 minutes.

22. Chocolate custard

Custard variation with chocolate

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 requires only five ingredients.

23. Baked pears

half pear on a plate with nuts and ice cream

Baked pears are an easy yet elegant sweet and tender dessert that only requires four ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven.

They are perfect as a weeknight treat because they require little effort, but they are also great for a special occasion like a holiday meal with family and friends.

24. Crepes

Vegan crepes with nutella

These egg-free crepes are as delicious as regular crepes, but they are light, thin, tasty, and ready in 25 minutes.

Eat them with ice cream, sugar, or hazelnut spread for an indulgent and delightful dessert.

25. Easy vegan pancakes

pancakes stack with syrup

These vegan pancakes are light, soft, and delicious like no other pancakes.

They are also tall, fluffy, and easy to make. You can serve them within 30 minutes.

Easy dessert recipes for a crowd

26. Crostata with jam filling

Crostata with slice on a white plate

Crostata is Italy’s most popular homemade dessert because it’s easy to make with a few simple pantry staples.

This Italian tart bakes in 30 minutes and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

27. Chocolate donuts

Chocolate donuts with glaze and a bite

You’ll love this baked donuts recipe because you can whip them together in 5 minutes, bake them in 20, and glaze them in 3.

Chocolate-glazed doughnuts are terrific for any occasion; they are crowd-pleasers and are fun and adorable treats.

28. Cake donuts

Lemon donuts with sprinkles

Cake donuts are a simplequick, and delicious treat you can make in 30 minutes with simple pantry staples.

You can whip up the batter in 2 minutes, plus our recipe is without eggs and easy to adapt for vegetarians and vegans.

29. Vegan lemon bars

Lemon bars with powdered sugar

This recipe uses everyday ingredients, and we simplified the steps to make these lemon bars so you can have this delicious treat whenever you want to.

These vegan lemon bars are a colorful and fun dessert that will surprise everyone with their light, lemony crust and irresistible lemon curd.

30. Blueberry galette

Blueberry galette with ice cream and powdered sugar

Blueberry galette is an easy dessert with a free-form rustic and flaky crust wrapped around a sweet, juicy blueberry filling.

You’ll love this blueberry galette recipe because it’s so easy to prepare and packed with blueberry flavor.

For many more easy dessert ideas, check out our desserts category page.

Easy dessert ideas with quick muffins and cakes

30 Easy Desserts: baked pears

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 2 votes
Baked pears are an easy yet elegant dessert that 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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