No birthday’s complete without the cake, right? Make it special by ditching the store-bought cake and whipping one up yourself. If you don’t have an oven, don’t fret. These no-bake cakes are guaranteed crowd-pleasers and they're a breeze to make too. 1 No-Bake Mocha Mousse
Make an absolutely stunning mocha cake that's sure to impress even the most hard-to-please guest (like our mothers-in-law). Fluffy and silky smooth, it may take a while to make, but the result is worth it.
For the crust 1 (274-gram) box chocolate sandwich cookies (we used Oreos) 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon gelatin powder 2 tablespoons cold water 1 1/2 plus 1/3 cups heavy cream, divided 3 large eggs, separated 2 tablespoons instant coffee 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, sifted Natural cocoa powder for sprinkling
Watch the video above for cooking instuctions.
Mango Float Freezer Cake
The mango float fridge cake is always a party hit for guests, and those who make it because it can be frozen in the freezer or chilled in the fridge.
Makes 6 to 8 servings
300 grams broas or ladyfingers 1 tea bag earl grey tea 2 cups hot water 4 teaspoons white sugar juice of half a lemon 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, crushed 100 grams butter 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped into stiff peaks 4 large mangoes, cubed 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
Is chocolate cake your child’s favorite? You’ll be happy to know that you can make a no-bake version, too. This one by Home Cooking Adventure has the perfect top for icing that “Happy birthday!” greeting on.
Makes 10 servings
28 oz digestive biscuits, tea biscuits or other biscuit of your choice 1 cup nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts or other nut of your choice), toasted, slightly chopped
Chocolate syrup 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup water 2/3 cup butter 1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate ganache 1/2 cup whipping cream 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
This cake may look similar to the mango float fridge cake, but it’s more indulgent with cream cheese and white chocolate. Sure crowd-pleaser.
2 cups graham crackers or biscuit of your choice 2 tsps ground ginger 1 tsp fine salt 3/4 cup unsalted butter 2 8oz/227g packs cream cheese 3/4 cup heavy cream 3 1/2 cups white chocolate 2 cup mangoes, diced
Here's another no-bake cake you can make with just four ingredients, this time with frozen bluberries and yogurt. Add graham crackers and whipped topping and you're good to go!
Makes 4 servings
1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup low-fat yogurt, thawed, (plain or blueberry flavored) 1 cup non-dairy, low-fat whipped topping (try the dairy aisle at the supermarket) 60 grams (about 15 squares) graham crackers
Cool and creamy, this strawberry cake by Faith Durand (author of Bakeless Sweets: Pudding, Panna Cotta, Fluff, Icebox Cake, and More No-Bake Desserts) was inspired by her favorite cake: the strawberry shortcake. It looks amazing and is actually pretty simple to make.
Makes 8 to 12 servings
2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed and patted dry 3 3/4 cups heavy cream, divided 1/3 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon rosewater, optional 4 sleeves (about 19 ounces, or 24 to 28 whole crackers) graham crackers 2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped