If you were born with a sweet tooth, you know what it's like to get a late-evening craving or to be plotting your dessert all day. You might even get a little overeager in the baking department, dreaming up elaborate treats to cook.

But if you want to keep it simple every once in a while, we recommend these two-ingredient desserts. They're simple, not always fast, but always delicious. And they won't require you to pull every last baking supply down from your cabinet to make them.

1. Two-ingredient lemon cake bars recipe

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Lemon bars are a classic citrus dessert. These bars take on the best of both worlds — cake and lemon bars. They have an intense lemon flavor with a slight cake bite. You're going to love these powdered sugar-topped bars.

Yields 9 x 13-inch pan


  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 (22-ounce) can lemon pie filling
  • Powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the angel food cake mix and lemon pie filling.
  3. Once fully mixed, add to the prepared pan, and bake for about 35 minutes, until fully cooked and the top is lightly browned.
  4. Let the cake cool, cut it into bars, and if desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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2. Two-ingredient flourless Nutella cake

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Get the recipe over at Kirbie Craving. But follow it precisely, as this recipe tends to get eggy or fall flat if the directions aren't followed. The other downside is that you have to wait two to three hours for the cake to cool after you've prepared it. But this is delicious and super-simple, and let's be real — you probably have the ingredients waiting for you already.

More: 5 Ridiculously Easy Desserts You Can Make With a Tub of Cool Whip

3. Two-ingredient strawberry fudge recipe

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Strawberry fudge is simple and easy to throw together with this two-ingredient recipe. This dish is sweet and full of strawberry flavor. We cut our fudge into heart shapes, but you can easily cut it into squares as well.

Yields 8 x 8-inch dish


  • 12 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • 1 container whipped strawberry frosting
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  1. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, and set it aside.
  2. To a medium mixing bowl, add the melted white chocolate and whipped strawberry frosting. Stir until completely combined.
  3. Stir a few sprinkles into the chocolate-frosting mixture, if desired.
  4. Add the mixture to the prepared pan, and refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting.

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A version of this article was originally published in February 2014.