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Spice Cake & Other Frosting-Free Cake Recipes

Updated on June 12, 2017

Moist Cakes Rule!

My family is not fond of frosting, like I am, so moist cakes that require no frosting are what really make them happy. Many of these cake recipes have been in my family for years, if not generations. I hope you will enjoy making these frosting-free cake recipes as much as I do. The best part about them is that there is no cooling necessary or work involved in frosting them! Of course, adding a bit of vanilla ice cream makes every cake better, if you ask me!

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Wacky Cake

When I told my husband I was creating this page, he INSISTED I include the recipe for the wacky cake. This is his all-time favorite and he will bake it himself quite often just so he has it. This recipe came with him when I married him, I am not sure of its origin. If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach then my husband's is paved with wacky cake!

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 12 (or one in my house!)


  • 3 c. Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 6 Tbsp. Baking Cocoa
  • 10 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 2 c. Water
  • 2 c. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. White Vinegar


  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  4. Fast and easy!
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Single Serving Cakes Made in a Mug - Sweet Treat You Make in a Jiffy

If you don't have time to make a whole cake, these little cakes could be just what you need! This cookbook has 100 recipes for little individual cakes that you make in a coffee mug in the microwave. All different flavors from Nutella, to Rootbeer to Red Velvet. Just mix a few simple ingredients in the mug with a fork, pop it in the microwave, and voila! A homemade tiny treat. If you prefer not to cook in the microwave, just make them in a ramekin and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Delicious and fun, especially when you make them in a Grumpy Cat Mug!

Spice Cake Recipe

This recipe was given to my mother by one of her friends, Betty Ross, when I was around six or seven years old. Just finding this recipe brought back a surge of wonderful memories, not just of the delicious spice cake itself but of the Ross family. Her three sons and I were very close as children and I can see Betty Ross in my mind as if it were yesterday. Family recipes are treasures in more ways than one.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 12


  • 3/4 c. Salad Dressing
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 -1/2 c. Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 3/4 c. Cold Water
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. Molasses


  1. Combine salad dressing and sugar.
  2. Sift dry ingredients.
  3. Add cold water and molasses alternately.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Bake at 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until the edges begin to pull away and a butter knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Dump Cakes, Have you Heard of Them? - Toss Together and Bake

Dump Cakes are so simple to make, you just toss the ingredients into a 13 x 9 pan and bake. Let me give you an example

1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling

1 (18.25 oz.) package dark chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup butter, chilled

1/2 cup coconut (optional, but I love coconut!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 x 9 glass dish with cooking spray

Dump the cherry pie filling into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

Dump the cake mix over the top of the filling, evenly

Cut cold butter into 1/4-inch pats and place evenly over the cake mix

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean

Have you ever seen a delicious dessert that was that easy to make? Just add ice cream and you will have the perfect after dinner sensation. I love dump cake so much, I wanted more recipes so I bought the cookbook below. I highly recommend it, it has recipes using cake mixes and also dump cakes made from scratch. I love this cookbook!

Zuchinni Cake

This is a recipe that not only tastes delicious, it will also give you a new way to make use of those extra zuchinni's your garden has given you. Cream cheese frosting is often used but, in our family, we much prefer to eat this very moist cake just as it is.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 12


  • 3 c. Grated Zuchinni
  • 2 c. Sugar
  • 1 c. Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 c. Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 c. Chopped Walnuts (or pecans)
  • Raisins to Suit (optional)


  1. Grease and dust angel food pan with flour.
  2. Place in middle rack in oven.
  3. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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Fruit Cocktail Cake Recipe

This is another odd sounding cake but if you think about fruitcake, it isn't really such a fetch, is it? Besides, I guarantee you they won't be sending this one back to you! A fresh tasting, moist cake sure to please and unique enough to make a great statement at any gathering.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 12


  • 1 -1/2 c. Sugar
  • 2 c. Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 c. Chopped Nuts
  • 1 20 -ounce can of fruit cocktail -- do NOT drain
  • 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1/4 c. Evaporated Milk
  • 3/4 c. Coconut


  1. Mix first seven ingredients well.
  2. Bake 45 minutes at 325 degrees.
  3. While baking, mix 1/2 c. sugar, butter and evaporated milk in a sauce pan.
  4. Boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in coconut.
  6. As soon as cake is removed from the oven, pour this coconut mixture on top of the cake.

Tomato Soup Cake Recipe

Yes, tomato soup cake is a real cake and, yes, there really is tomato soup in the recipe! Not to worry, it doesn't taste at all like tomato soup. The tomato soup just adds moisture to this cake and its signature color. Sure to be a huge hit-- just don't tell them what the name is until after the eat some.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 12


  • 1 c. Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Shortening
  • 1 Small Can Tomato Soup
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 c. Raisins
  • 1/2 c. Chopped Nuts
  • 1 -1/2 c. Flour


  1. Cream sugar and shortening.
  2. Add soup and dry ingredients.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Stir in vanilla, raisins and nutmeats.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Which cake recipe is your favorite? - Any you plan to give a try?

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    Carol Ann Taylor 8 months ago from Thailand

    My waistline has expanded just reading

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    Susan Deppner 8 months ago from Arkansas USA

    Most of these recipes are very familiar to me, but the only one I think I've made is the fruit cocktail cake. Might have to make that one soon then choose another to try. They all sound good!

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    Shamim Rajabali 3 years ago from Texas

    Wacky Cake Recipe sounds good today.

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    Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

    I think I've made them all except the tomato soup one. Pinned

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    Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    these recipes sound great!

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    Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

    Fun and easy recipes! It's nice to know the ingredients needed are usually around. I must try the wacky cake first, then I'm very curious to try a dump cake. Thanks for sharing this!

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    MaggiePowell 4 years ago

    I baked a version of the wacky cake yesterday....will try the spice cake today.... it looks great (and my son is a huge spice cake nut)

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    lovegrowth lm 5 years ago

    Another cake without frosting is to bake any flavor cake you like and then use any flavor pudding you like as topping. Its amazingly delicious!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    This cake recipes are amazing. My favorite is the spicy one i always like some kick into my desert. Great job!

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    pinkrenegade lm 6 years ago

    Loved the fruit cocktail cake, I will be sure to make it. Thanks for sharing!