8 'Piece of Cake' Cakes

These cakes may look complicated, but they're surprisingly easy to make.
08/08/2015 06:50 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

These cakes may look complicated, but they're surprisingly easy to make.

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Popular in Latin America, Tres Leches Cake is a light and fluffy cake soaked with a mixture of three milks: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. In this version, rum is added to the soaking liquid and a simple rum-spiked dulce de leche glaze covers the cake. My husband calls it "heaven on earth." GET THE RECIPE

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If there were ever a cake for lemon lovers, this is it. Lemon zest and lemon juice are added to the batter, which lightly perfume the cake. Then, while the cake is still warm from the oven, it is doused with a lemon syrup to further enhance the lemon flavor. Finally, the cake is drizzled with a tart lemon glaze, which adds a pop of intense lemon flavor in every bite. GET THE RECIPE

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You can have this simple, pretty and delicious cake mixed up and baking in the oven in under 15 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

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This warm, comforting cake is a twist on the classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding -- which is not really pudding at all, but rather a warm, moist cake covered in a sticky toffee sauce. GET THE RECIPE

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This rich, fudgy slab of flourless chocolate cake is topped with a light, marshmallowy meringue. If you're short on time, feel free to skip the meringue and serve the cake plain with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. No one will complain, I assure you! GET THE RECIPE

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Also known as chocolate lava cakes, these individual-sized treats have oozing molten centers. They can be prepared ahead of time, stored in the fridge and then baked at the last minute. GET THE RECIPE

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Made with chunks of sweet apples nestled in a tender, buttery rum cake, this is my favorite apple cake -- and it couldn't be easier to make. GET THE RECIPE

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I've made this simple vanilla cake every year on my daughter's birthday since she was two years old. The cake recipe is adapted from one of my favorite baking books, Perfect Cakes by Nick Malgieri, and the frosting recipe was handed down to me from my great-grandmother.
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