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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 a simple cake recipe, you've come to the right place. From classics like Victoria sponge to impressive celebration centrepieces like birthday cakes you can easily make at home, we've got something for everyone. 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...
What cake recipe do I need?
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.
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 practice!)
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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Banana bread that comes out perfectly every time. You'll never need another banana bread recipe as the whole family will love this one - and it's SO easy! This simple banana bread recipe is the perfect way to make the most of the bananas that have started to go brown in the fruit bowl, and shows you how to make banana bread is just a few very easy steps. You can either just slice this banana bread up and eat it as it is, or it's just as nice toasted with a little butter on it. Over-ripe bananas are often thrown away, but this classic banana bread recipe is the best way to use them up and you'll never want to throw them away ever again! Ripe bananas give this easy banana bread a lovely moist texture with a rich 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 banana loaf recipe is a perfect treat for breakfast (try it with a spread of butter), as it will go down a treat on its own with a cuppa or as part of lovely brunch spread on a lazy Sunday morning. This delicious banana bread can also be served at parties or just a little afternoon treat - perfect for rainy days!(172 ratings)
Red velvet cake is an all time favourite when it comes to delicious bakes that you can make easily make to impress your family and friends. Learn how to make red velvet cake with our classic red velvet cake recipe from Rachel Allen, which makes a lovely bake every time. A rich red sponge topped with a cool white frosting, this yummy red velvet cake is an impressive choice for any occasion. This easy red velvet cake recipe will take around 1hr to make and bake and serves between 10-12 people - perfect for special occasions or parties. This rich, soft sponge is infused with cocoa powder and has a sweet, fluffy white cream frosting. This delicious red velvet cake would make the perfect showstopper for birthdays, Valentine's Day or simply served with a cuppa as a weekend treat. This cake can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Store somewhere cool.(79 ratings)
Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes are so easy to make using store cupboard ingredients and they area ready in 30 minutes! This easy recipe shows you how to make a batch of 12 simple fairy cakes and how to decorate them with a simple icing and sweets. Get the kids to help you make these tasty fairy cakes; they can learn how to crack eggs and make smooth icing to drizzle on top of your mini sponges. This recipe couldn't be easier, but comes out perfectly every time - and everyone loves a fairy cake! These fairy cakes make the perfect birthday treat, party food or food gift for friends, family and little ones. Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes recipe is taken from one of her most famous books, Mary Berry's Baking Bible.(1164 ratings)
Mary Berry's classic Christmas cake recipe is a traditional recipe you'll want to make time and time again. You can make Mary Berry's Christmas cake recipe well ahead of the big day - in fact, the longer you leave it, the better it will taste! This delicious Christmas cake will be the talk of your Christmas Day meal or party. Made with fruits including currants, raisins and cherries and soaked with rich sherry, the sponge is fruity and moist. Mary Berry's Christmas cake is topped with an easy royal icing and decorated with a festive ribbon. This cake is simple to recreate at home and has to be one of our favourite bakes. This recipe was taken from Mary Berry's Christmas Collection book. Serve this cake with a dollop of brandy butter for a real Christmassy experience. The whole family are going to love tucking into this cake. It makes a foolproof Christmas cake every time.(1844 ratings)
Is your cake just not doing what you want it to do? Has it not cooked properly? Is it just that little bit too dry? Well, if your answer to all those questions is yes then you've come to the right place...(58 ratings)
Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich recipe makes a classic cake from The Great British Bake Off judge. This Victoria sandwich recipe is a simple sponge made with the easy all-in-one method. Her large Victoria sandwich is perfect for all baking abilities and only takes 35 mins to make in total, so you don’t have to spend ages in the kitchen to bake this delicious cake. This Mary Berry Victoria sponge is sandwiched together with strawberry jam. If you want to make this Victoria sandwich cake a dessert cake, use freshly whipped cream as well as jam for the filling. This cake serves between 6-8 people, so you know you’ll have a slice for everyone if you have people coming round for a cup of tea. This Victoria sandwich will last up to 3 days in an airtight container or Tupperware – but we doubt you’ll have any leftovers! Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich cake is part of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible book, and it comes out perfectly every time. Once you've perfected this classic you can try other fillings or flavours in your sponge as well as experimenting with decoration too. Trust us, this Mary Berry Victoria sandwich will be your most requested recipe from the first time you make it!(983 ratings)
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This chocolate Christmas cake lets you make an edible Nativity scene from moist chocolate sponge cake, chocolate fingers, and fondant figures.
This classic chocolate sponge cake recipe is so easy to make and just perfect for sharing. Fill this chocolate sponge cake with cream and raspberries, or use our chocolate icing recipe for a really rich sponge cake. This delicious chocolate sponge cake will take around 1hr to prepare and make. Decorate with a quick, rich chocolate buttercream and top with heaps of fresh berries like raspberries or strawberries. You could also fill this cake with fresh cream to make it extra special and perfect for dessert. This cake serves around 8 people. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. If using fresh cream make sure you pop your cake in the fridge as soon as so the cream doesn't have time to warm up and melt.(377 ratings)
Banana cake is naturally sweet, moist and deliciously rich and this easy banana cake recipe makes an impressive cake that would look the part at a celebration. The moist sponge is sprinkled with walnuts and topped with a rich chocolate buttercream to complement the banana. To make this banana cake recipe, you need to make sure the bananas you use are very ripe and brown - in fact, it's a great way to use up bananas that have been left in the fruit bowl for some time. This will pack your sponge full of sweet flavour and make your banana cake extra moist and soft. If you're not a fan of chocolate buttercream on your banana cake, you can swap this for vanilla instead, or you could even drizzle your banana cake in a light icing sugar and water mix to give it a simple glaze. This easy banana cake recipe serves 12 people, so it's great for a gathering. This easy banana cake only takes 1hr and 15 mins to make, but just 15 minutes to prepare. Easy! Any leftovers (ha!) can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(220 ratings)
Red velvet cupcakes are a classic treat. This easy red velvet cupcakes recipe is simple but so pretty and so simple to make. 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, but it's easy to scale up if you need to make more. For the cream cheese frosting, you'll only need three ingredients, so you know the topping is also quite simple to whip up. The best part about this red velvet recipe is that these cupcakes are ready in just 25 mins, so you won't have to wait long to enjoy them - perfect if you have eager children who can't wait to have a bite! These distinctive cupcakes are perfect for special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries or any other celebrations. 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? Of course you can also whip up these delicious red velvet cupcakes on a lazy Sunday afternoon and enjoy them with a cuppa. This classic recipe by Hummingbird Bakery is one of our favourites and makes delicious red velvet cupcakes every time.(756 ratings)
Mary Berry's chocolate cake is a timeless treat. This recipe makes a perfect rich chocolate cake with creamy chocolate icing every time. This Mary Berry chocolate cake recipe is surprisingly easy to make and will show you how to make a chocolate cake in less than an hour. This easy chocolate cake is simple and easy-to-follow, serving 6 people and taking only 50 mins to prepare and bake. Mary Berry's moist chocolate cake is perfect served with a drizzle of fresh cream for an indulgent dessert or afternoon snack with a cuppa. Store this chocolate cake in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. If you have any of this moist cake left after 2 days, 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 might lose its shine - you'll just have to eat the entire chocolate cake as fast as you can...(4110 ratings)
This chocolate brownie recipe makes rich, fudgey brownies that will come out perfectly every time. Chocolate brownies are meant to be gooey in the middle and this simple brownie recipe shows you exactly when it's time to take the brownies out of the oven. These chocolate brownies are made with delicious dark chocolate for a really chocolatey result. The trick is to take them out of the oven when they are firm but fudgey, as the brownies will continue to cook after they've come out of the oven. Don't be tempted to leave them in for longer, as you'll love that squidgy consistency that makes brownies just perfect. This easy recipe for plain brownies is so simple, with just store cupboard ingredients, and you can make it as a special weekend treat or even as pudding, served with vanilla ice cream. These easy chocolate brownies are ready in just 30 minutes, so you won’t have to wait that long to taste our best brownie recipe! The kids will go nuts for these chocolate brownies and you can even get their help when making them for scratch. This chocolate brownie recipe makes a batch of 24 brownies, so it’s perfect if you want to make them for a little family gathering or if you’re having friends round – they’ll love you for it!(633 ratings)
Mary Berry's classic lemon drizzle cake recipe is one of the most popular recipes on GoodtoKnow and has been tried and loved by thousands of fans! This simple Mary Berry lemon drizzle 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 drizzle icing, made with a simple sugar and lemon mixture. We love this lemon cake recipe for a lazy Sunday afternoon with a warm cuppa or even as a treat during the week for afternoon tea. This recipe for lemon drizzle cake will take approximately 55 mins to prepare and bake, so you don’t even have to spend that much time in the kitchen to make this easy lemon drizzle cake. This lemon cake recipe serves up to 6 people, so it’s perfect if you’re having a small group of friends over. This lemon drizzle cake is so good that we doubt you’ll leftovers. But if you do, you can store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days and enjoy it later.(3988 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(274 ratings)
This cupcake recipe will show you how to make cupcakes from scratch that come out perfectly every time - and you can decorate them however you like! These easy cupcakes can be decorated with our perfect cupcake buttercream to create beautiful cupcakes for any occasion. With our handy step-by-step video, we show you how to make cupcakes from scratch in a very simple way, so even baking beginners will be able to make them easily. 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 prefer, and you can see how to make cupcakes in other flavours – it’s easy to turn this basic cupcake recipe into chocolate cupcakes, rose cupcakes, lemon cupcakes 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!(898 ratings)
We've set out exactly how to make stollen so that you can make your own this year, instead of having to buy one. It's so much more delicious when you make your own stollen and it looks really impressive, even though it's actually very simple to do. The classic stollen ingredients of mixed dried fruit and fragrant marzipan combine to create one of our absolutely favourite Christmas time treats. This is perfect sliced in generous portions and served up alongside a good cup of tea over the festive period.(29 ratings)
Cornbread is simple to make and very tasty. More like a savoury cake, than bread, it is a classic North American favourite and this cornbread recipe is particularly good! Made with golden cornmeal, this recipe is more like savoury cake than bread. It's a classic North American favourite and is often cooked in a cast-iron skillet and served with bowls of hot chilli or glazed barbecue ribs. Cornmeal is a fine grain made by grinding dried corn and is also called maize or polenta (this is Italian cornmeal). You can flavour the basic cornbread with chopped chilli pepper, spring onions, herbs or deseeded and finely chopped red or green pepper. For a cheese cornbread, stir in 75g finely grated mature Cheddar cheese.