Easy, One-Bowl, Fall-Inspired Cakes, for Delicious Desserts in a Hurry!

Easy, One-Bowl, Fall-Inspired Cakes, for Delicious Desserts in a Hurry!

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Our favorite easy, one-bowl, no-mixer cakes, perfect for celebrating any Fall occasion. You’ll “Fall” in love with this collection of cake recipes!

If you’ve been following The Café for any amount of time, you probably realize that we’re all about EASY, DELICIOUS recipes that don’t take much time to put together, like this Ridiculously Easy Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake.

It wasn’t always that way though. When I started this blog (back in 2011) I shared lots of different types of recipes… from main dishes to salads to desserts, jams, jellies and lots of things in between. I have to admit that when I look back, many of those recipes were, what I would now call, “a labor of love”.

“Labor of love”, is a nice way of saying that they could take a LONG time, require lots of equipment and result in a BIG mess in the kitchen. But, a few years into the blog, I learned a wonderful lesson.

It was actually a lesson that would be life-changing (well, at least in a culinary/blog sense). And, the funny thing is, it was pretty much by accident. This is how it came about…

Scott and I were planning a trip to France and I had done some research on French recipes. I found a wonderful, super easy cake recipe that had a delightful history. It was (reportedly) an age-old favorite of grandmothers all over France because of its simplicity and the fact that it required just one bowl and no mixer. When I tried the famous French cake recipe, we all fell in love with it. The cake was moist, tender-crumbed and super delish.

I shared the recipe while we were on the trip to France… and the rest is history. For a fun, whimsical name, I called it my “French Grandmother’s Lemon Yogurt Cake”. The recipe immediately went crazy with our readers, brought lots of new followers and quickly became one of the most popular recipes on the blog.

The immediate and long-term popularity of this simple cake recipe got me thinking. I realized that most people have super busy lives and don’t have the time to make elaborate, multi-step desserts that take hours to complete and require special equipment. You know, the recipes that start with “In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine…”. And then “beat for 5 minutes until soft and fluffy”, followed by something like, “add the wet and dry ingredients separately, mixing well after each addition”.

Wow, if you could make a really delicious cake, with just one bowl and a whisk or a wooden spoon, why in the world go through all that extra effort? So it became a mission… to discover and create super easy, crazy delicious desserts with minimal effort.

As time went on, this goal spread beyond desserts but that’s another story, a Ridiculously Easy story, for another day…

Horizontal overhead photo of a French Tomato Ricotta Tart on a round wood cutting board.

So today, in honor of that long-ago, far-away French Grandmother Cake, we’re sharing some of our favorite one-bowl, super easy cake recipes. And, since it’s October, we’ve chosen recipes that are perfect for the autumn season. They’re all great for making weekdays special, for easy entertaining and for sharing with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone with a sweet tooth!

I think once you try one of these recipes, you will also fall in love with this simple, method of baking. If you’ve made any of these cakes, let us know which one is your favorite in the comments! It’s always fun to read other baker’s reviews!


Everyone goes crazy over this Almond Coconut Cake with its super tender, moist crumb, fabulous flavor and crisp, candy-like glaze. No one has to know it’s ridiculously easy to make with just one bowl and no mixer! (Gluten-free adaptation included!)

This fabulous One-Bowl, No-Mixer Pumpkin Sheet Cake is super moist and has an amazingly tender crumb. You can put it together in just minutes and the results never fail to bring rave reviews!

Vertical closeup photo of a Key Lime Coconut Cake on a white pedestal cake stand garnished with key lime wedges, fresh mint leaves and blackberries.

Super moist with a tender crumb, this Key Lime Coconut Cake has a fabulous lime glaze that’s brushed on after it’s baked. It’s one of those no-fail, crazy-delicious, one-bowl, no-mixer desserts. A keeper for sure!


This Butterscotch Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cake is moist, tender and bursting with warm-spiced pumpkin flavor! Add the fact that it comes together in a flash, with just one bowl and no mixer and you have a HUGE winner on your hands!


This delicious, one-bowl, no-mixer Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake is one of our favorite desserts EVER! It’s also one of the quickest and easiest cakes you’ll ever make!

Closeup vertical photo of Grammy's Easy Chocolate Yogurt Cake on a turquoise glass pedestal cake stand.

Need a dessert recipe that’s one-bowl, no-mixer and out-of-this-world delicious? Grammy’s Easy Chocolate Yogurt Cake is all that, and more!


Vertical picture of easy magic apple cake on a white cake stand

This one-bowl, no-mixer, Ridiculously Easy Magic Apple Cake is super moist and ridiculously delicious. The fabulous caramel icing is the crowning glory!


Vertical photo of a One-Bowl No-Mixer Banana Cake on a white pedestal cake stand with plates and napkins.

This fabulous One-Bowl No-Mixer Banana Cake comes together in minutes. The creamy vanilla bean icing is a perfect pairing and the candied walnuts are… let’s just say, the crowning glory!


This Apple Cider Bundt Cake is not only super easy, but it’s also moist, tender and loaded with delicious apple flavor. The crisp candy-like glaze is the crowning glory!


Vertical closeup photo of an Easy Buttermilk Butter Crunch Cake on a white glass pedestal cake stand.

Looking for a cake to “wow” family, friends, guests? This delicious, one-bowl, super easy Buttermilk Butter Crunch Cake will do the trick!


With just one bowl and no mixer, this super delicious, Ridiculously Easy Applesauce Cake comes together in minutes. Make the vanilla bean icing while the cake bakes (and creates amazing aromas) and wait for everyone to come running!

Closeup vertical photo of a French Grandmother's Lemon Yogurt Cake on a turquoise glass ruffled cake stand.

And last, but most definitely not least… this crazy delicious French Grandmother’s Lemon Yogurt Cake has a moist, tender crumb and takes just minutes to throw together!

Thought for the  day:

I lift my eyes to the mountains.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2

What we’re listening to for inspiration:

He Will Keep You


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If you enjoy any of these recipes, please come back and leave a star rating and review! It’s so helpful to other readers to hear your results, adaptations and ideas for variations.

Easy, One-Bowl, Fall-Inspired Cakes, for Delicious Desserts in a Hurry!

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