These 8x8 Dessert Recipes Make Baking Easier Than Ever

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Photo: Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ali Ramee, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Leave it to Southerners to do dessert right. We're known to show our love through cake layers, pretty pies, an homemade cookies. But sometimes we find ourselves in a pinch without enough time to whip up an intricate creation, or we just want something simple and sweet without the fuss. Enter our 8x8 dessert recipes, which were made busy days and simple gatherings. From cakes to brownies, all these treats fit perfectly into an 8-inch pan with easy clean-up. You'll want to pull the Wacky Cake out of the recipe tin for a one-bowl (really, one pan) wonder and save the Strawberry-Rosé Snack Cake for a get-together with your girlfriends. Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches will bring out everyone's inner kid, and Lemon Tiramisu adds a bright, fresh spin to your springtime dessert table. With all these 8x8 dessert recipes, baking has never been easier.

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Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Wacky Cake

Once you learn (if you don't already know) the secret to this cake, you'll understand that it earns its name. This cake comes together in one 8x8 pan—literally. You mix the ingredients right in before pushing the cake into the oven.

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Strawberry-Rosé Snack Cake

Strawberry-Rosé Snack Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Strawberry-Rosé Snack Cake

If you want to rosé all day, here's your ticket. This cheerfully pink cake is guaranteed to be a hit with your girlfriends.

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ali Ramee, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Fudgy brownies meet cool, rich vanilla ice cream for a treat that brings out the kid in everyone. The 8x8-inch pan will come in handy for assembly.

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Carrot-Walnut Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot-Walnut Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Carrot-Walnut Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Loaded with carrots, nuts, and spices, this cake is the snack that tides you over from after school or work to dinner.

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Banana Bread Brownies

Banana Bread Brownies
Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Torie Cox Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Banana Bread Brownies

Two family favorites, banana bread and brownies, combine for the ultimate crowd-pleaser. If you find yourself with not quite enough bananas for a whole loaf of bread, try this recipe instead. It only requires one, and chocolate does the rest.

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Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler
Southern Living

Recipe: Blackberry Cobbler

This cobbler, which will fit into an 8x8 or 9x9 pan, is delicious served warm or cold. A large scoop of ice cream is obligatory.

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Hummingbird Snack Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

Hummingbird Snack Cake with Brown Butter Frosting
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Hummingbird Snack Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

One of the South's favorite cakes gets the snack treatment. If it's really that simple (and it is a one-bowl wonder), then there's really no reason not to make it.

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Best-Ever Brownies

Best-Ever Brownies
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Best-Ever Brownies

Trust us, these are the brownies you want to have on hand for every party and holiday gathering. For a little extra touch, cut into diamonds rather than the standard square.

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Raspberry Snack Cake with Salted Milk Chocolate Frosting

Raspberry Snack Cake with Salted Milk Chocolate Frosting
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Raspberry Snack Cake with Salted Milk Chocolate Frosting

This summery cake will put those farm-fresh raspberries to excellent use. Swath it all in the decadent frosting and watch everyone line up for seconds.

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So Good Brownies

So Good Brownies
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: So Good Brownies

Well, everything you need to know about this treat is in the name. Lining the 8-inch pan with aluminum foil will make for an easy lift when the brownies come out of the oven.

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Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Easy Blackberry Cobbler
John O'Hagan

Recipe: Easy Blackberry Cobbler

This six-ingredient dessert couldn't be easier. If you want to feed a group, bake it in an 8x8 baking dish. If you want to gussy up the presentation, bake it in individual ramekins.

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Key Lime Icebox Cake

Key Lime Icebox Cake
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Key Lime Icebox Cake

Take this easy dessert with you to an afternoon on the beach or lake. Since it needs to stand for an hour, it'll be ready for all to enjoy by the time you reach your destination.

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Triple Coconut Poke Snack Cake

Triple-Coconut Poke Snack Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Triple Coconut Poke Snack Cake

Consider this cake a triple-threat: coconut milk, sweetened condensed coconut milk, and coconut chips. It's a tropical treat so good, you'll be eating it from breakfast to dessert.

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Gingerbread Cake with Stout Buttercream

Gingerbread Cake With Stout Buttercream
William Dickey

Recipe: Gingerbread Cake with Stout Buttercream

Headed to a holiday party? Our Gingerbread cake is an easy crowd-pleaser.

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Layered Eggnog Blondies

Layered Eggnog Blondies
Meghan Overdeep

Recipe: Layered Eggnog Blondies

For the eggnog fans who prefer not to imbibe an entire glass, these little cheesecake squares will satisfy any craving.

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Lemon Tiramisu

Lemon Tiramisu
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Lemon Tiramisu

Give the well-loved Italian dessert a springtime twist with lemon zest, extract, and pudding. It only requires eight ingredients and 15 minutes, making it an easy, last-minute Easter brunch addition.

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Praline Cake

Praline Cake
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Emily Hall; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Praline Cake

This dessert drips with a decadent praline glaze that complements the tender vanilla cake beneath.

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Gingerbread Brownies with Eggnog Frosting

Gingerbread Brownies With Eggnog Frosting
The Home Edit

Recipe: Gingerbread Brownies with Eggnog Frosting

It started with a box of fudge brownie mix and the rest, we say, is history.

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Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Hadas Smirnoff

Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Give the traditional banana pudding the summer rendition we all need: fresh strawberries. Assemble with graham crackers in an 8x8-inch pan for an easy, neat, pretty presentation.

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