30+ Crazy Easy Dessert Recipes for Any Occasion

Make brownies, cakes, and so much more with these no-fuss recipes!

Updated September 15, 2017


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Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake
Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake

Let's face it: dessert is the best meal of the day. These 30+ Crazy Easy Dessert Recipes for Any Occasion are sure to satisfy that sweet tooth. You don't have to feel guilty about treating yourself, especially when making desserts can be so much fun! We have even included a few vegan dessert recipes in this collection, too.

Whether you're planning a dessert for a big dinner party, bringing one to a potluck, whipping one up to accompany a weeknight dinner, or just craving something sweet, you'll definitely find something here that will please every member of the family. From cake recipes to pastries, and from brownie recipes to cheesecake, we've included a wide variety of dessert recipes to appeal to even the pickiest eaters! You might even learn a new technique, like how to make a no-bake cheesecake or how to frost a cupcake. Make something unique or stick with one of the classics — whichever route you go, you can't go wrong with a little sweet indulgence every now and again. After all, who doesn't want recipes for quick and easy desserts right at their fingertips?

30+ Crazy Easy Desserts: Dessert Recipes for Any Occasion

Cake and Cupcake Recipes

Need a birthday cake recipe or cupcakes for a bake sale? Our cake recipes are completely unique — but you'll find a few tried-and-true favorites here, as well! These easy cupcake recipes would impress even a true gourmand, and you can never go wrong with a simple chocolate cake. If you're looking for cake recipes from scratch, then this section is just for you. Although it may take a bit more time to make these cakes from scratch, you'll be rewarded with a baked treat that cannot be compared. 

Tip: Are you planning to decorate cakes or cupcakes with frosting? Wait until the cake is completely cooled before slathering on the frosting. You should also check the underside of the cake or cupcake to ascertain that it is cooled. 

  1. French Lemon Cake with Lemon Glaze: This lemon cake looks elegant as can be, but it's also an easy dessert recipe that is perfect to make this summer. You'll love the glaze on top, too!

  2. Vanilla Cupcakes: The next time you need to make a dessert for your book club, the neighborhood block party, or even just because it's Friday, whip up this delightful vanilla cupcake recipe.

  3. Red Velvet Cake: This recipe is a take on the classic Southern red velvet cake. It is also easy to make and has fewer than 10 steps. You'll love serving up this cake!

  4. Carrot and Pineapple Cupcakes: Elegant additions to any lunch party, these cupcakes also include macadamia nuts for a truly unique taste. You'll love setting out these cupcakes on a pretty serving platter!

  5. Little Chocolate Cakes: This five-step recipe for chocolate lava cakes is ideal for any time you need to bake a dessert at the last minute.

  6. Cocoa Mousse Cake: Hope you're sitting down, as this layered cake is vegan, too. This is one dessert recipe that will impress your family and friends!

Brownie Recipes

Nothing cures a chocolate craving like a good old-fashioned brownie. But if chocolate's not your thing, don't worry — we've also included some exciting twists on brownie recipes that you've never seen before! Each of these brownie recipes is decadent and delicious, and eating them warm right out of the oven is a heavenly experience. Although these brownies are treats on their own, these easy desserts can be topped with a scoop of your favorite ice cream or a generous dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt. Store these brownies in airtight containers after they are baked and cooled — if you even have leftovers, of course!

  1. Classic Chocolate Brownies: Here's another vegan dessert recipe that will impress your family and friends. You'll love having this brownie recipe right at your fingertips.

  2. Blonde Brownies: Are you ready for a fun twist on the traditional brownie recipe? These blonde brownies are it! Can you believe this recipe has only seven ingredients?

  3. Rafael's Righteous Cream Cheese Brownies: If you need to bake for a truly special occasion or are bringing in treats to the office, then you need to make this recipe for its decadent appeal. The decoration on top makes the brownies even more special and unique.

  4. Fudge Brownies: You'll love packing these vegan brownies in your lunch box for work. Don't be surprised if your coworkers get a bit jealous!

  5. White Chocolate Cranberry Hazelnut Brownies: The combination of flavors in this easy dessert recipe is one that you will love. Consider including these brownies in your holiday cookie exchange.

  6. Chocolate Brownies: This classic recipe for brownies includes chopped walnuts for a delightful crunch that you are sure to love. Wouldn't these be great topped with ice cream?

Quick and Easy Pastries

These pastries are perfect for breakfast OR dessert! There's nothing like a fruit tart recipe or a cream cheese dessert for a sunny day, but if that's not the type of pastry recipe you're looking for, that's okay — this list is full of pastries to delight in and devour. Top any of them with powdered sugar for an added hint of sweetness! These pastries include easy dessert recipes that will look simply elegant when placed on your favorite serving tray or plate. You can also use an assortment of fresh fruit to create a completely unique dessert. You'll love sharing these pastry desserts at a late brunch or even a casual dinner party.

  1. Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart: This tart recipe looks ornate, but don't let that dissuade you from trying it. Components of this recipe can be made in advance.

  2. White Chocolate and Mascarpone Tarts: These delicate tarts will be the perfect addition to a baby or bridal shower! You can also include these in the menu for any milestone celebration. 

  3. Hazelnut Pastry: This free-form pastry will quickly become one of your favorite go-to recipes that is both delicious and easy to make. According to the recipe's chef, this recipe can be served pretty much any time of the year.

  4. French Apple Tart: Add some elegance to any occasion when you serve this apple tart. If you're ready for a bit of a challenge, then this recipe is for you.

  5. Raspberry Charlotte: In this recipe, raspberries take center stage in a big way. This easy dessert is the perfect showstopper for any meal. 

  6. Cheese Blintzes: You can serve these cheese blintzes for dessert or for brunch — the choice is yours! You can also freeze any extra cheese blintzes to eat at a later date.

The Best Pie Recipes

When it comes to serving dessert to a crowd, pie recipes are just the thing for a potluck or party. Whether you're a fan of apple or cherry's more your thing, these fruit pie recipes will make a convert out of you. And if you're not a fruit lover, don't worry — sometimes you just need a pie recipe that doesn't call for fruit, and we've got you covered there, too! You will love the assortment of types of pie found in this section. If you truly want to give your fruit pie a bit of an edge, then select fruit that is in season and can be purchased at your favorite farmers market. You won't regret it!

  1. Laced-Up Cherry Pie: As classic as can be, this easy dessert recipe is one that every home baker should try — and even perfect. You'll love the beautiful lattice top on this pie.

  2. Chocolate Chiffon Pie: Creamy and decadent, this pie recipe is one you need to make the next time you want to try something special. You'll love sharing this pie after a favorite meal. 

  3. White Chocolate Key Lime Pie: This delightful combination of flavors is one you will love! The next time you have a craving for limes, whip up this pie.

  4. Mom's Apple Pie: Here's another classic pie recipe that everyone should try. You'll love using in-season apples to make this delightful recipe. You don't have to wait for dinner to eat it, as it's perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee.

  5. Old-Fashioned Southern Pecan Pie: Rich and delicious, this pie is about as Southern as it gets. You'll love including this pecan pie in your holiday menu!

  6. Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie: When you're ready to take a break from fruit pies, this sugar cream pie is one you should put on your radar! You can take this pie to just about any occasion.

Easy Cheesecake Recipes

Cheesecakes range from classic to complex, but it's safe to say that all of these cheesecake recipes are proven crowd-pleasers! Of course a classic New York-style cheesecake recipe made the cut, but if you're ready to get adventurous, you might want to try one of the other cheesecake recipes on this list — they're sure to impress. Cheesecakes can be versatile and are perfect for just about any occasion. Celebrate a birthday, the arrival of a new baby, a holiday, or even just a weeknight dinner when you make these cheesecake recipes. If you'd like to dress up a cheesecake, then serve with fresh fruit or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

  1. Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes: Light and refreshing, this cupcake recipe is simply too good to miss! Consider serving these at your next block party or girls' night out.

  2. Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake: Will you host a holiday meal at your home? Make the event even more spectacular when you serve this cheesecake recipe from Chef Gordon Ramsay!

  3. Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake with Berry Puree: Here's a cheesecake recipe that is perfect for summer. You'll love the use of flavors in this unique dessert recipe.

  4. Original New York Cheesecake: You can't beat the classic recipe for cheesecake! If you'd like, consider adding in-season fruit for a truly delightful dessert.

  5. Vanilla Cheesecake: Refreshing as can be, this cheesecake recipe can be made in advance of when you plan to serve it. If you're planning to host a dinner party, then include this recipe in your menu.

  6. Lavender Cheesecake: Vegan cheesecake might sound like an impossible feat, but this recipe proves otherwise. The vegan dessert recipe includes lavender for a taste that's truly unique and colorful.

What is your favorite easy dessert recipe?


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Laura Miller's raw Lavender Cheesecake is so gorgeous. I made it for my vegan sister-in-law's birthday and she appreciated it so much!

What a sweet gesture (no pun intended)! That is so cool, K1987, and thank you for sharing.


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