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Welcome to goodtoknow's collection of amazing cake recipes. We're here to help you decide which cake to make - there are so many options! When making a cake, there are 4 things you need to ask yourself to find the perfect cake recipe.
Why am I making a cake?
Wedding, party, special occasion - or just fancy doing some baking? If you're baking for a party or a gathering you need to take into account everyone's different tastes and dietary needs so sometimes a classic cake such as lemon drizzle or Victoria sponge is a safe bet. It's also a good idea to check if you will need to make egg-free, dairy-free or gluten-free cakes - it can be done!
If you're just baking for you and the family, you can have a little fun - why not try that tricky recipe you've always wanted to? No one needs to know if it doesn't go right!
What type of cake do I want to make?
A classic two-tier sponge, loaf cake, tray bake, cupcake, there are many different types of cake you can make.
If you're new to baking, a one-tier cake, loaf cake or tray bake are the easiest to try as you simply pour all the ingredients into one tray.
A two-tier cake will require a little assembly but is relatively easy and cupcakes are a fun way to make a cake and are easy to serve up to guests.
If you want a challenge, try a triple-layer cake or a Battenburg cake.
What flavour cake do I want?
Ahh flavour, the most important part of any cake recipe. The classics are popular for a reason so if you're unsure - vanilla, lemon and chocolate are a safe bet.
Adding different fruits and vegetables (yes vegetables!) to the mix can bring interesting flavours - banana, apple and carrot are the most obvious but you can put pretty much any fruit into a cake and more vegetables than you might think - have you ever tried courgette cake?
You can also buy flavourings from the supermarket which can add a nice dimension of flavour. Rose water and elderflower are some examples and you can also get fruit flavourings for a stronger burst of flavour.
How do I want to decorate my cake?
Not all cakes need any decoration or icing but if you want to add a little topping to your cake, there are more decisions to make.
A simple icing is sometimes all you need to finish off your cake. Royal icing, buttercream, cream cheese frosting can be spread onto a sponge to add a layer of flavour.
If you want to try a bit of cake decorating, it's time to break out the fondant. Ready made fondant and modelling paste can be bought from most supermarkets, in a variety of colours, and can be shaped into any designs you can think of (with a little practise!)
So whatever cake you have decided to make, we'll have the recipe for you. Search your desired cake recipe in the search bar above or scroll through our hundreds of easy cake recipes to get a little more inspiration.
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A mug cake is so much fun to make and can be served up in under 5 minutes, perfect for any sudden cake craving! Children will love to get involved with this Maltesers mug cake - they can measure in all the ingredients and whisk with a fork then watch with excitement as their cake rises in the microwave. This mug cake is surprisingly light and there is plenty to share with the family. Delicious!(3 ratings)
This light lemon cake with lemon curd buttercream is sweet and citrusy and only takes 35 mins to bake. With a sweet syrup glaze and a creamy lemon buttercream topping, this cake is delicious. The buttercream frosting combines butter, icing sugar and lemon curd for a light and fluffy coating. The sponge is soft and moist, even more so with the syrup and is full of grated lemon zest which gives it a natural lemon flavour throughout. Decorate with drizzles of lemon curd and itís ready to be enjoyed.(364 ratings)
Good news! goodtoknow will be back at The Cake & Bake Show this year and not just for the London show either (more info to come!) If you're planning on coming to visit us we have a right treat up our sleeves for you - 2 for 1 on tickets as an exclusive offer just for GTK.(1 ratings)
Caramel swirl loaf cake is sure to turn a few heads when it comes to serving. This impressive bake is oozing with caramel and topped with a sweet frosting. If you have any of this loaf left over (as if!), store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
A sticky sweet sponge topped with a naughty lemon liqueur icing and nuggets of crystalised ginger, this treacle bundt cake is a great treat for any special occasion, from Christmas to birthdays. Leftover slices (if you've got any!) are perfect served the next day with a nice cup of tea.(1 ratings)
Victoria sponge is a classic baking recipe to master. The soft vanilla-infused sponge sandwiched together with a light buttercream and jam filling is a favourite for parties, birthdays and afternoon tea. This classic recipe shows you how easy it is to make a Victoria sponge at home - once you've mastered this recipe, the baking world is your oyster!(294 ratings)
Got some bananas about to go off? Don't throw them away! Use them to make this delicious banana bread. Ripe bananas give the dense loaf a lovely moist texture with a subtle hint of flavour. The thick dough takes a little longer than your average cake to bake but it's worth the wait. A slice of this flavour-packed cake is a perfect treat for breakfast (try it with a spread of butter), parties or just a little afternoon treat(109 ratings)
This cupcake recipe is a chocoholic's dream! Rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a creamy vanilla buttercream and dipped in melted chocolate(34 ratings)
Lorraine Pascale's chocolate, Guinness and blackcurrant cake will be the talk of the party. With 4 delicious tiers, this cake is sure to impress your friends and family. Perfect for a special occasion, this cake is packed full of Guinness which makes the sponge extra moist and spongey. Topped with fresh blackberries and sandwiched together with a light cream cheese filling, Lorraine has done it again with this impressive, mouth-watering masterpiece!(12 ratings)
Impressive lemon and blueberry drizzle cake is perfect for sharing. Make this loaf cake at the weekend for a sweet treat or save for a special occasion. The drizzle is made from blueberry conserve, which is why it has a lovely, pastel colour.(17 ratings)
We took one of our favourite drizzle cake recipe and created 6 different drizzles, including Jaffa drizzle cake, Cola drizzle and Pina Colada drizzle(8 ratings)
Cola drizzle cake makes a fizzy twist on a drizzle cake soaked in the sweet soft drink and topped with cola bottles and popping candy for extra fun factor. The kids are going to love it!
Rhubarb and custard cake bars bring together the perfect flavour pairing in a new way. Serve them with a cuppa or give them as a thoughful food gift. Whether you serve them with a cuppa or give them as a thoughtful food gift, these sweet and sticky rhubarb and custard cake bars are just delicious!(1 ratings)
Jaffa cake fans, you're seriously going to love this Jaffa drizzle cake with a zesty orange drizzle topped with marmalade and glossy dark chocolate ganache.(2 ratings)
This classic apple cake recipe is ideal for sharing and perfect as an afternoon treat. It combines tangy and sweet cooking apples with a light cinnamon infused and raisin packed sponge. This cake can serve up to 12 people and takes 50 mins to cook in a medium heat oven. If the sponge starts to brown too quickly on top cover with baking parchment and continue to cook until done. Dust with icing sugar to serve for an impressive and simple finish.(41 ratings)
This peach and lemon cake is the perfect bake for beginner bakers - with a light, simple batter and natural sweetness from the fruit, it's quick and easy to make and looks fantastic without the need for extra decoration or icing. This sponge tastes great served with your afternoon cuppa, or with a blob of whipped cream for dessert.(7 ratings)
This cake is a healthier option than your usual cake recipe thanks to the genius addition of Weetabix to the mix. The fibre-rich cereal is balanced out with a mixture of fruit including banana, which reduces the amount of sugar you need to use. This recipe, from our Mummy blogger Anneliese, shows you how to make it with your children(73 ratings)
If you're fan of Reese's Pieces you're going to love this showstopping, jaw-dropping cake made with a rich chocolate sponge, peanut butter buttercream and glazed with a luxurious chocolate ganache.(9 ratings)