Baking Projects To Take on Every Week in April

Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake
Photo: Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Make use of your spare time and challenge yourself in the kitchen this April. We've created a month-long baking challenge that will help you hone your skills and test out some of Southern Living's all-time favorite recipes.

There are two baking projects per week, which gives you just enough time to polish off that batch of cookies before you move onto the next baking adventure. We've organized these projects to increase in difficulty as the month rolls on, so by the end of April, you'll be a total master in the kitchen.

The month starts off with our Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies—which only require 4 ingredients—and concludes with a show-stopping Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake. Of course, we've included some special Easter desserts to make it a celebration to remember. From cookies to cupcakes, these recipes are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Each of these recipes holds a special place in our heart, and soon enough you'll see why.

01 of 08

Week 1: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

Recipe: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Start the month off right with these 4-ingredient cookies that surely won't last long on your counter. Get the kids involved and you'll have a batch of flour-free ready cookies in just 35 minutes!

02 of 08

Week 1: Peach Dump Cake

Peach Dump Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Peach Dump Cake

When you're craving a fresh, fruity dessert but your fridge is empty, this Peach Dump Cake is a saving grace. Built on boxed cake mix and canned peaches, this dump cake only takes 5 minutes of active time—just toss all the ingredients in the pan and toss it in the oven.

03 of 08

Week 2: Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Kick off your Easter festivities with cupcakes that the whole family can help bake. For a smaller celebration, cut the recipe in half.

04 of 08

Week 2: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
Jen Causey

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Even if you're not hosting a big Easter soiree this year, baking a luscious layer cake is one holiday tradition we certainly won't be giving up. We may be eating this Strawberry-Lemonade Cake for the next two weeks, but we won't be complaining.

05 of 08

Week 3: Cream Cheese Brownies

Cream Cheese Brownies
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Cream Cheese Brownies

Take regular brownies up a notch with a beautiful cream cheese swirl topping. Marble the cream cheese any way you'd like—it's meant to be abstract.

06 of 08

Week 3: Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake

Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake

If you're looking for an excuse to eat dessert at any time of day, this cake is it. You'll be snacking on this fruit-filled fusion between cornbread and coffee cake all day long.

07 of 08

Week 4: Pineapple Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple-Ginger Upside-Down Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Pineapple Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Once you bake this upside-down cake once, you'll be baking it all spring long. The recipe calls for fresh pineapple, but feel free to use canned to make this tropical-inspired cake completely pantry-friendly.

08 of 08

Week 4: Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake

Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake

Homemade caramel frosting meets fluffy, decadent pound cake in this recipe that'll have your head in the clouds. It doesn't get more Southern than this.

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