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We've got lots of delicious and easy cake recipes for you to choose from so if you're looking for simple cake recipe, you've come to the right place. From classics like Victoria sponge to birthday cakes you can easily make at home. Baking a cake has never been easier thanks to our collection of simple 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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This Nutella chocolate cake recipe is a favourite! If you’re a massive Nutella fan you’re going to love this recipe. A rich chocolate sponge cake made with Nutella and topped with, you guessed it, more Nutella! This delicious, gooey chocolate cake is perfect served alongside vanilla ice or a dollop of fresh cream - serve for dessert or as an afternoon treat with a cuppa. The trick is to make sure the cake is not completely cooled when spreading the Nutella on top – the slight warmness to the cake will make the Nutella melt and make it much easier to spread evenly. This delicious cake serves 6-8 people and will take around 45 mins to make and bake. Store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(297 ratings)
This simple butterfly buns recipe is a bake sale favourite! The kids are going to love making these easy butterfly buns. In just a few simple steps you can have these tasty fairy cakes ready in 40 mins, so they’re quick to make as well as easy. This recipe for buns makes 10 medium sized butterfly buns. Each bun is packed with buttercream and jam making them a delicious treat for kids. This recipe is so easy to make and get the kids involved. They can help measure ingredients, mix and pour the batter as well as make the cake 'wings' too. These butterfly buns would be ideal for kids’ parties or as a party favour in goody bags. This recipe shows you how to make your own buttercream too.(433 ratings)
This classic chocolate cupcake recipe is easy to follow and makes perfectly delicious chocolate cupcakes every time. This recipe not only shows you how to make soft, chocolate sponge cakes, it also shows you how to make a rich chocolate buttercream to pipe on top. This is the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe and regularly voted into the top cake recipes on GoodtoKnow. You can learn how to make perfect chocolate buttercream and rich chocolate sponges with this easy chocolate cupcake recipe. This recipe makes 12 delicious cupcakes and takes 50 mins to prepare and bake. Tried, tested and guaranteed by you! Sprinkle with chocolate curls, sprinkles or your favourite sweets before serving. These cupcakes are great for sharing, and would be perfect for kids parties or family gatherings.(465 ratings)
This basic cupcake recipe will show you how to make perfect cupcakes every time, and you can decorate them however you like! These easy and simple cupcakes can be decorated with our perfect cupcake buttercream to create beautiful cupcakes for any occasion. This is GoodtoKnow's most popular cupcake recipe, and you’ll see why – this basic cupcake makes fluffy cakes that are versatile and can be decorated for birthdays or other special occasions, or even just for a special Sunday afternoon treat. We also have handy variations so you can pick which cupcake recipe you’re prefer – it’s easy to turn this basic cupcake recipe into chocolate cupcakes, rose cupcakes, lemon or even coffee cupcakes, just check on the method below. This basic cupcake recipe makes a batch of 24 cupcakes, so you have plenty of cakes to decorate. To make your cupcakes even, use an ice cream scoop to fill the cupcake cases with mixture. This will make sure you have an even amount of mixture in each cupcake case and that they should rise to the same height. These cupcakes are ideal for making with children and can be decorated with icing, buttercream or drizzled in chocolate. They’ll love using their imagination to decorate these delicious cupcakes but beware – it might get messy!(798 ratings)
It's difficult not to gobble this delicious lemon cake down as soon as you've made it - but try to freeze a few slices for tomorrow! Another great cake from Woman's Weekly. This delicious, quick and easy lemon sponge cake recipe is a real winner. Infused with fresh lemons and topped with a sweet lemon curd buttercream. This cake serves 12 people and will take around 35 mins to bake plus cooling and decorating time. Store any leftover cake in an airtight container for up to 2 days. This recipe would work just as well with other citrus fruits instead. Try orange or lime.(380 ratings)
This chocolate fingers cake is much easier to make than you may think and with our simple step-by-step picture recipe you'll have this tasty treat made in no time...(240 ratings)
This sponge cake is almost magical - just watch it disappear at parties! By trapping lots of air bubbles in the egg whites this recipe makes a feather-light sponge. Be careful to fold in the dry ingredients rather than mixing or whisking them so that you keep the batter as fluffy as possible. Great with a cup of tea or with a spoonful of whipped cream for dessert. Try decorating it with berries and icing sugar for a pretty finish.(96 ratings)
Fancy a sweet treat but on the FODMAP diet? There's no need to give up cake thanks to cook book author Emma Hatcher, who specialises in FODMAP-friendly recipes. These passion fruit cupcakes will give tea time that sweet fix, without it having to contain any FODMAP foods. Emma says: 'These cupcakes are light and delicate with a charming, tropical tang. Every few bites you get a little crunch from the passion fruit pulp, and when topped with the rich whipped coconut cream icing you've got a stunning flavour and texture combination, if I do say so myself. Don't skip chilling the coconut milk. It is this process that allows the coconut fat to separate out and solidify, giving you creamier, thicker icing at the end.'(3 ratings)
Mary Berry is the queen of baking so if you're looking for a classic lemon drizzle cake recipe, this is the one to try. Mary Berry's lemon drizzle cake recipe is one of the most popular recipes on GoodtoKnow and has been tried and loved by pretty much the whole of the team! This classic cake recipe is full of citrus flavour and is perfect for all baking abilities, from beginners to those who fancy a spot in The Great British Bake Off tent! The light and zesty lemon sponge is glazed with a crunchy lemon icing, made with a simple sugar and lemon mixture. This delicious lemon drizzle cake will take approximately 55 mins to prepare and bake and serves up to 6 people. Store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(3197 ratings)
This easy red velvet cupcakes recipe is simple but so pretty. These popular red velvet cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery have deep red sponge and a tangy cream cheese frosting, which go so well together. Use the exact quantities and mix the ingredients well so the sponge has an even colour and texture. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes in one batch in just 25 mins, but it's easy to scale up if you need to make more. These distinctive cupcakes are perfect for special occasions. How about rustling up a batch as a foodie gift? Or what about dessert at a kids' party, or arrange them into cupcake tower instead of a birthday cake? This classic recipe by Hummingbird Bakery is one of our favourites and makes delicious red velvet cupcakes every time.(747 ratings)
Our blueberry muffins recipe couldn't be easier to make with this super simple recipe that makes perfect muffins every time and ready in only 5 steps. A real favourite with both grown-ups and kids, these easy blueberry muffins are tasty, ready in a few simple steps and so moreish you'll have to keep making new batches! This recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins and will take around 45 mins to prepare and cook them. This classic recipe is perfect for beginners or if you're trying to teach the kids how to cook. They’ll love helping you out to make delicious treats that they can eat later and even take a special dessert in their lunch box to school. These blueberry muffins will be ready in just 5 easy steps, so this recipe really is as easy and simple as you could get! Once you've mastered this basic recipe you could try swapping the blueberries for other berries instead like raspberries, strawberries or blackberries. Any of them work a treat with this yummy muffin recipe, so you should give them all a try and pick your favourite. Perfect to have a hot drink on a Sunday afternoon so get baking and turn the kettle on… Blueberry muffins that are ready in 5 steps - perfect!(542 ratings)
A carrot cake is so easy to make and it's a classic - one that everyone loves! You can make this delicious carrot cake recipe from scratch with our simple instructions. This recipe makes a loaf cake with a rich sponge, topped with delicious cream cheese icing. This rich carrot cake is really easy to make in your own kitchen so you can forget about shop-bought cakes. Our basic recipe, which comes with a handy step-by-step video showing you how to make carrot cake, has been triple-tested by Woman's Weekly - so you know it will come out perfectly every time. Carrot cake is a great recipe for using up leftover carrots from your weekly food shop. This recipe is made with sunflower oil meaning the sponge is much lighter and is bejewelled with raisins too. Topped with a simple cream cheese icing, this carrot cake is the perfect base for a birthday cake or even split into 12 for cupcakes. This recipe serves 8 people so it’s enough to feed the family if you’re having people round for a cuppa, or even for a small birthday party, because who doesn’t love a slice of carrot cake? This simple carrot cake recipe will take 1hr and 10 mins to make. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(312 ratings)
Try Mary Berry's chocolate cake recipe for a delicious and moist chocolate sponge cake with creamy chocolate icing. This easy chocolate cake recipe is simple and easy-to-follow, serving 6 people and taking only 50 mins to prepare and bake. Mary Berry's chocolate cake is perfect served with a drizzle of fresh cream for an indulgent dessert or afternoon snack with a cuppa. Store in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. If you have any of this moist chocolate cake recipe left after 2 days (unlikely!), we'd recommend warming a slice in the microwave for about 10 seconds and serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is our best chocolate cake recipe and is part of Mary Berry's three cakes in one recipe, taken from Mary Berry's Stress-free Kitchen. Mary Berry's chocolate cake will keep for 3 days in the fridge, but the icing will lose its shine.(2933 ratings)
Make basic cake pops with this simple cake pop recipe from baking queen Molly Bakes. Make your own light vanilla sponge and cream cheese frosting, coat with a simple candy melt topping and the rest is up to you(259 ratings)
Our easy chocolate Swiss roll recipe is a classic! A Swiss roll is a very impressive cake and looks quite difficult to make, which is why people often shy away from baking them. A homemade Swiss roll is so much nicer than shop bought and they are much easier to make than you might think. This chocolate Swiss roll has an unusual mint buttercream filling, which is full of flavour. The mint and chocolate work extremely well together. This cake could be served as a delicious dessert recipe topped with lashings of cream. This recipe takes 50 mins to make and bake and serves 4 people. This chocolate Swiss roll recipe is perfect if you want to bake something a little different, it's great for sharing with a cuppa or can be smothered in custard or served with ice cream for dessert.(143 ratings)
Share the love this Valentine’s Day with these delicious and impressive hidden heart cupcakes. With a soft, rich chocolate sponge and bright red surprise in the middle, these cupcakes are not only perfect for Valentine’s Day but they’d be a great birthday treat or food gift for someone special. They may seem tricky to make but there's a easy way to bake a shape into your cake, just take a look at this recipe from our cupcakes queen Victoria Threader. The trick for serving these cakes is to mark on each cupcake case where to cut so you can show off your surprise inside. Once you’ve perfected this recipe you can try all sorts of different shapes and flavours.(315 ratings)
This lemon curd cake recipe with lemon curd buttercream is light, 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 it’s ready to be enjoyed.(477 ratings)
Chocolate explosion drip cake is made with all your favourite chocolate bars and is flooded with chocolate ganache. Taming Twins blogger Sarah Barnes' mouth-watering cake really looks the part for special occasions. Piled high with some of our favourite chocolates, including Maltesers, Curly Wurlys, Galaxy bar, Galaxy Ripple, Minstrels and Rolos, this impressive bake uses a popular decoration technique called the 'drip'. The drip is often a ganache or loose icing that is drizzled around the top edge of the cake so it drips down to create the drip effect, also called flooded cake. It's really easy to achieve. This stunning cake serves 6-8 people and will take around 1hr and 20 mins to make, bake and decorate this showstopper.(46 ratings)