Desserts You Can Make With Five Ingredients or Less

For all the elaborate and decorative cakes in the world – baked to awe-inspiring effect – there’s something to be said for quick and easy desserts requiring just five ingredients or less. The great thing about these recipes is that they’re something of a pantry raid, so you can whip them up at a moment’s notice. Many are also infinitely adaptable so you can play around with the add-ins to tailor-make them to your taste!


Five-Ingredient French Chocolate Cake
Stirred together with just five pantry staples, this French Chocolate Cake also goes by the name “Suzy’s Cake” in a nod to the driving inspiration behind the original recipe – Suzy Palatin, a cookbook author and good friend of the renowned pastry chef Pierre Hermé. To quote Hermé himself, this revelatory cake is “extraordinarily good and very simple to make”!
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french chocolate cake

No-Bake Fridge Cake
Sweet, salty and crumbly bars layered with crushed biscuits coated with melted chocolate and golden syrup – this no-bake fridge cake is as quintessentially British as it gets.
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no-bake fridge cake

Gooey Swedish Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka)
Taking its cue from “Kladdkaka” – the popular gooey Swedish chocolate cake, this densely-decadent dessert sets itself apart with its soft and sticky interior that’s sort of like a cross between a fudgy brownie and a chocolate molten cake.
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Gooey Swedish Chocolate Cake

Oreo Fudge Recipe With Just Three Ingredients!
All you need is one bowl and three standard ingredients to whip up Chef Noor Mubarak's decadent no-bake recipe for Oreo fudge!
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Oreo Fudge Recipe

Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Fudge
Creamy and deliciously-decadent dark chocolate fudge speckled with sea salt. This no-bake recipe is a bit of a pantry raid, requiring just three key ingredients (not counting salt!).
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Torta Caprese
A traditional recipe from the Isle of Capri, this classic Italian Chocolate and Almond Cake was legendarily created by mistake, as it had been made without flour! Today, it’s an excellent gluten-free alternative, featuring grounded almonds.
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torta caprese

No-Churn Mango Ice Cream
Whip up the creamiest mango ice-cream with just three key ingredients, the star of which is the season's freshest mangoes! This is a no-churn recipe, so you can easily make it at home without an ice cream maker and without eggs!
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no-churn mango ice cream

Eggless Mango Mousse
This eggless and vegan-friendly mango mousse is the ideal treat for a hot summer's day. Recipe curator Isha Shetty of Vanilla Miel recommends setting it in a short glass, garnished either with edible flowers, fresh berries or simply neat cubes of fresh mangoes for an easy yet impressive dessert!
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eggless mango mousse

Dark Chocolate Almond Rocks
A two-ingredient no-bake recipe for almond rocks – toasted almonds enrobed in dark chocolate and speckled with sea salt.
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almond rocks

Homemade Dark Chocolate
Cacao butter, cacao powder and coconut sugar are all you need to make and set your own dark chocolate at home! The beauty of this recipe is that it is open to adaptation, so be sure to add in anything and everything from sea salt to cacao nibs to adjust the overall profile as you like.
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homemade dark chocolate

Banana, Peanut Butter & Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Bananary, peanut buttery and chocolatey, with the glorious crunch of roasted hazelnuts… these deliciously-healthy cookies pack in all the fibre and vitamin-rich goodness of old-fashioned oatmeal.
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