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11 Cakes that Only Need One Bowl

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We love a layer cake as much as the next person, but sometimes you want cake and you want it now. There's no time for messes, multiple bowls, and oodles of dirty spatulas. It needs to be ingredients, mix, pour, bake, and done. That's it—no fuss or hassle, just smiles (and more time to make frosting). They're the kind of cakes we reach for when a slice sounds just about right, no occasion necessary. We love this kind of baking so much, we wrote a whole book about it: the Food52 Baking Cookbook. Sure, you can preorder it now—but until it arrives, here are 11 recipes that prove fewer bowls, fewer problems. 

Tomato Soup Cake by Marian Bull



Heavenly Apple Cake by Veronica



Calabrian Walnut Cake (Torta di Noci) by Emiko


Pioneer-Style Orange Cake by Giulia Melucci


Almond Coffee Cake by Sarah Jampel


Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake with Meyer Lemon Whipped Cream by Kenzi Wilbur


Louisa's Cake by Jennifer Wagner


Maialino's Olive Oil Cake by Genius Recipes


Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake by Kenzi Wilbur


Perfect Chocolate Cake by Posie Harwood


Olive Oil Cake with Ricotta and Plums by Kenzi Wilbur

Have a favorite one-bowl cake? Tell us in the comments below! 

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