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.
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