Quick and Easy Everyday Cakes
Always keep a cake within reach
It’s always a good idea to have cake on hand, whether it’s a craving that strikes or unexpected company. A solid repertoire of everyday cakes—ones that are quick, easy, and never let you down—will serve you well in either instance.
Quick breads like this lavender loaf are among the simplest and most cross-functional cakes you can make. Grab it and go for breakfast on a busy weekday morning, serve it with tea or coffee for a late afternoon snack, or add a scoop of ice cream and call it dessert. This cake will go the distance for you.
Upside-down cakes appear more difficult to make than they actually are. That’s why these elegant cakes are a great choice to serve for weeknight entertaining. Plus, they’re infinitely adaptable to what’s ripe and in season.
No-bake icebox cake is really just a matter of assembly, and that’s what makes it so practical—and a great activity for kids. If you have a bit more time on your hands, make the cookies yourself; if you’re in a pinch, pick them up at the store. Icebox cake never judges, it only rewards.
If you have a little more time on your hands, this cake is a showstopper. Thanks to the beautiful meringue topping, it feels celebratory and special—though it’s deceptively easy to whip up. Serve it for a special someone’s birthday, or just because on a sunny afternoon—just be sure that you do.
Published on July 23, 2016