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!

Swedish Chocolate Cake

Also known as kladdkaka, this dense and decadent treat sets itself apart with a soft and sticky interior that’s sort of like a cross between a fudgy brownie and a molten chocolate cake! Yes, really!

French Chocolate Cake

french chocolate cake

Just five staple pantry ingredients stand between you and this marvellously-moist and gooey chocolate cake, or Moelleux au Chocolat Gateau” as it is known in France!

Dark Chocolate & Honey Fridge Cake

Sweet, salty and crumbly bars layered with crushed biscuits coated with melted chocolate and honey – this no-bake cake is as quintessentially British as it gets. So much so that it was chosen by Prince William as his Groom’s Cake for The Royal Wedding. Yes, really.

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 treat as it’s made with ground almonds. Decadently-dense and deliciously-chocolatey, it has a wonderfully moist centre with a texture not unlike that of a brownie!

Greek Yogurt & Dark Chocolate Mousse

Starring homemade Greek yogurt, this no-cook mousse has a tangy tartness balanced by bittersweet dark chocolate and a touch of Nutella! It all manifests in a smooth yet thick, intensely-rich mousse laced with a subtle kick of coffee!

Chocolate Lava Cake

To say this recipe is a simple would be an understatement, as all it requires really is stirring together five pantry staples (butter, sugar, flour, eggs and chocolate), and popping it in to bake for just about 10 minutes or so. Add a dusting of icing sugar, a scoop of ice cream and a sprig of mint et voilà. Close your eyes and you could be right back in your favourite restaurant, biting into that glorious gush of chocolate!

Homemade Dark Chocolate

Easy to make and quick to set, homemade dark chocolate is something of a game changer. The beauty of making chocolate yourself is that you can adjust the overall flavour with optional add-ins, particularly cacao nibs for a woodsy crunch and sea salt. After all, isn’t everything better with a sweet-salty edge?

Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Fudge

The unbeatable combination of dark chocolate and sea salt also takes shape in unapologetically-indulgent fudge. Made with just a few humble ingredients – including a can of condensed milk – you can layer the fudge with a biscuity crust for texture!

Almond Rocks

Made with just two key ingredients (yes, really!), these individually-sized chocolates cocoon a craveable crunch of toasted almonds and hit just the right spot when you’re looking for a bite-sized treat to sink your teeth into!


Bananary, peanut buttery and chocolatey, with the glorious crunch of roasted hazelnuts… these astonishingly easy-to-bake cookies are as deliciously-satisfying as they are virtuous, packing in all the fibre and vitamin-rich goodness of old-fashioned oatmeal.

Made with just five simple ingredients, these cookies are perfect for keeping your little ones occupied in the kitchen and nourished at the same time. You can also experiment with swapping in different nut butters or folding in other add-ins from raisins and dried cranberries to chopped walnuts!

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