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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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Sticky marshmallow and chocolate tray bake is so easy to make with the kids. Ready in just 40 mins, this delicious tray bake is about to become a family favourite, made with Rice Krispies, butter, marshmallows and plenty of chocolate. Cut into 16 squares and watch it disappear in seconds! This sticky sweet treat is perfect for kids' parties, as party bag fillers or a weekend treat.
Chocolate brownies are meant to be gooey in the middle and this simple recipe shows you exactly when it's time to take the brownies out of the oven. These brownies are made with delicious dark chocolate(294 ratings)
The kids are going to love Annabel Karmel's chocolate spider cakes. With a rich chocolate sponge covered in chocolate these scary treats are actually very tasty. Ready in just 40 mins, this recipe makes 18 delicious cakes. A cross between a brownie, a muffin and a cupcake, these tasty, chocolate Halloween treats are unlikely to hang around for long! Store these cakes in an airtight container until you want to serve them. Any leftovers can be stored for up to 2 days. These spider cakes are ideal for Halloween parties.(23 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(90 ratings)
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. Store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(233 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.(3 ratings)
Make the most of eggs in this delicious dessert which uses fluffy egg whites in the base and rich egg yolks in the custard topping. This makes an impressive pudding to serve up to friends after dinner. Simply slice a wedge of cake and spoon on some softly whipped cream. This cake will serve up to 12 peoople and will take 40 mins to cook in the oven.(8 ratings)
Peach and orange drizzle loaf is fruity and zingy, with a pretty topping. There are only four steps and you won’t need too many ingredients. The flavours really come through but it's a light sponge, so it's perfect for afternoon tea.(1 ratings)
Chewy chocolate oat squares are a cross between a cake and a flapjack and so easy to make. The kids will love making these with you. Ready in under 1hr, this simple tray bake is made with cocoa powder to give it a rich, chocolatey flavour, drizzled with melted white chocolate and packed with rolled oats. These squares are a cross between a cake and a flapjack. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.(60 ratings)
Rich gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cake is so good that you won't even know it's missing the usual ingredients. It's perfect for a special occasion as it means everyone can enjoy it, even allergies and intolerances. With this cake, special dietary requirements won't be a problem! It's easy too, and takes less than an hour to make. It serves 10, making it perfect for a party. The gooey chocolate ganache on top is made with coconut cream and dark chocolate, the soft sponge is made with gluten-free flour and filled with a soya spread buttercream. But when you try it, you won't even tell the difference!(2 ratings)
Homemade Jaffa cakes are so easy to make and will wow everyone with a biscuit base, orange jelly disk and rich chocolate topping. This simple recipe is takes just 30 mins to prepare and makes 9 bite-sized cake biscuits. Whip up a batch of these sweet treats before inviting friends over for a cuppa, or give them as thoughtful edible gifts. Everyone will be impressed by your homemade versions, though make them in advance so they've got plenty of time to set.
Slimming World's Spanish orange cake is zesty and moist with a soft spone - you won't believe it's guilt-free! The whole family will love this easy cake, which serves 10. It takes around an hour to prepare and bake, plus cooling time. If you'd like to give this cake a twist, why not swap the orange in this recipe for fresh lemon and lemon juice instead? Oranges are everywhere in Spain and in many towns, you’ll see orange trees lining the streets, especially in southern cities like Seville. With a slice of this cake, you can close your eyes and be transported there.(13 ratings)
You can seriously impress your friends and family with this sweetie-packed pinata cake. Break into the sponge to reveal lots of naughty sweets - the kids will love it!(110 ratings)
The Great British Bake Off's double chocolate swirled cake is sure to impress. Ask the Bakers what kind of cake they make for a birthday or other special occasion and almost inevitably they say chocolate – the richer and more eye-catching the better. This one ticks all the boxes. Dark and white chocolate mixtures are swirled together in the tins to make the sponge layers and these are sandwiched with a rum truffle ganache. The final, spectacular touch is the icing: dark chocolate ganache marbled with white chocolate. The cake tastes even richer if left for a day before cutting.(4 ratings)
Courgettes aren't just delicious in savoury recipes. You can turn them into sweet treats or even cakes like these tasty courgette and lime muffins.(50 ratings)
Dairy free strawberry mousse cake is light and fruity, made with coconut milk and plenty of strawberries to make a quick and easy cake that everyone can enjoy. It take just 20 minutes to prepare before it's chilled overnight to set into a delicious dessert that's made for sharing, as it serves 8-10 people with no fuss.(4 ratings)
Sticky plum upside down tray bake is sure to bring back childhood memories. It may be typically enjoyed with pineapple, but it goes well with plums too. This fruit is low in calories and contains plenty of vitamins and minerals. Top your tray bake with pomegranate seeds and pistachios for extra texture (and nutrients!). This recipe serves 18, so it's great to share at a party.(5 ratings)
This genoese sponge with strawberries and cream is a sumptuous summer bake that will wow your friends and family. With a homemade jam and light, delicate sponge, this cake does require a bit of extra time and effort, but the results are well worth the wait - and you can use the leftover jam on your toast the next morning!(6 ratings)