8 Budget-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for the Beginner Cook

If you’re like me, then no matter how many times you read a recipe, you still look at the measurements in cups instead of ounces or grams. I know – it’s embarrassing. But to be honest, most recipes are written for an American audience, and since I’m not American (I’m Vietnamese-Canadian), I don’t usually own measuring cups.This is why whenever my friends invite me over for dinner, I always volunteer to bring dessert. Because dessert can be measured using just spoons – no need for expensive equipment! Not only that, but baking has other advantages as well. Baking forces me to slow down and take time out of my busy day to enjoy the process itself. Plus, baking always makes your house smell great in your Kitchen.

So in order to at least look like a domestic goddess in the kitchen, I searched for some really simple baking recipes that don’t require a lot of fancy equipment – and I was not disappointed!

Here are 8 of my favorite budget-friendly dessert recipes for beginner bakers:

1. The Easiest Molten Lava Cake Recipe from Damn Delicious:

If you follow one piece of advice on this list, make it this one. For real guys, this molten lava cake recipe is perfectly gooey every time, and is so simple that all you need is a mixing bowl and a mug. When your friends ask you what’s because they can see that you spent a lot of time making it, you can tell them that you used a special pan.

2. The Easiest Flourless Nutella Mug Cake from Crazy for Crust:

This chocolate cake only takes three minutes to make – what more could you want? The best part about this recipe is that because it uses NUTELLA, which is made up of mostly hazelnuts and cocoa butter, the texture is extra-decadent and feels super-rich despite being super easy to whip together. Plus, this recipe doesn’t even require an oven! If you don’t have a mug or ramekins lying around at home though, those would work as well. You can also turn this into muffins instead! in your Kitchen.

3. The Easiest Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies from Life Made Simple:

If you have fifteen minutes, then you have just enough time to whip up a batch of these chocolate chip cookies. This recipe is so easy that it’s written in three simple steps with very little equipment required. Who knew that baked goods could be so uncomplicated? Just don’t forget the milk!

4. The Easiest Classic Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe from Hello Glow:

I’m not kidding when I say this ice cream is “easy”. All you need are five ingredients and thirty minutes of your time, and voila – homemade vanilla ice cream without an ice cream maker! What more could you want? Just make sure to serve it with something equally delicious because this vanilla ice cream recipe doesn’t actually include any sugar or flavoring.

5. The Easiest Funfetti Mug Cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction:

If you like colorful sprinkles, then you will love this easy funfetti cake! You don’t even need a mixing bowl – just mix the cake batter in abb mug and cook it for one minute . I think that pretty much speaks for itself. This is also great if you’re really craving something sweet but can’t afford to buy an entire batch of cupcakes. It only takes five minutes to whip together, so why not?

6. The Easiest Fluffy Pancakes Recipe from the Pioneer Woman:

What’s special about this easy pancake recipe is that you only need two ingredients and a griddle to make it! If you don’t have a griddle, no worries – this pancake batter will work just fine on a frying pan in the kitchen. But if you do have a griddle though, it’s definitely worth the investment. It makes breakfast much easier when all I have to do is pour some batter onto my trusty griddle and cook for about five minutes until golden brown.

7. The Easiest Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe from Vanilla Bean Blog:

I know what you’re thinking: how could ice cream ever be easy? Well, these sandwiches might not actually involve making your own ice cream, but they are still super simple to make – all you need is store-bought ice cream and some cookies! After all, who doesn’t like a good chocolate chip cookie sandwich? Just make sure not to eat them all at once – they’re best saved for later in Kitchen.

8. The Easiest No Bake Cookies Recipe from That’s So Michelle:

If you can boil water, then you can make these no-bake cookies. I know what you’re thinking: how do the oats get cooked without boiling water? Well if you’re looking for an easy way out of cooking your oatmeal, this is it! All you need are five ingredients (including rolled or quick oats) and fifteen minutes of your time, and that’s about it – no oven required!


No one said being healthy was going to be easy. But, if you’re looking for some easy, tasty alternatives to classic desserts, then these recipes are perfect! With only a few ingredients and minimal preparation required, anyone can whip up the easiest dessert ever made in less than thirty minutes. So why bother spending money on store-bought treats that are full of preservatives and artificial colours when you could make your own healthy version at home? Once you try out these simplest dessert recipes, I’m sure you’ll be making them again and again!