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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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Give your classic banana cake a modern twist by making this delicious banana cake with caramel drizzle. The caramel drizzle adds a real depth of flavour to your sponge that works wonders with the sweet, moist banana along with the soft cream cheese filling and topping. Finish your cake with toasted pecans to make it even more special. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.(1 ratings)
This impressive sprinkles cake is ideal for special occasions such as birthdays or Mother's Day. Our step-by-step recipe will show you how to make this show-stopping cake in no time.(1 ratings)
This impressive polka dot cake would make the perfect birthday or celebration cake. It's much easier to make than you may think with colourful polka dots hidden carefully in the sponge, the kids are going to love it! Learn how to make your own with our simple step-by-step recipe...(29 ratings)
Learn how to turn classic Victoria sponge into a Bounty cake in a few simple steps. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to transform a simple sponge with coconut buttercream and dark chocolate drizzled on top. The result is pretty and exotic.(2 ratings)
Naked cake is very trendy and this easy recipe takes a simple Victoria sponge cake and pimps it with stacks of fresh berries and cream.(3 ratings)
Take a simple Victoria sponge cake and transform it into this fun chocolate Jazzies cake! Watch our video to see how easy it is to decorate a basic cake with rich chocolate buttercream and plenty of Jazzies. The kids are going to love this transformation.(2 ratings)
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!(6 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 it’s ready to be enjoyed.(377 ratings)
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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.(2 ratings)
Try Mary Berry's simple and easy-to-follow chocolate cake recipe for a delicious and moist chocolate sponge cake with creamy chocolate icing. This recipe serves 6 people and only takes 50 mins to prepare and bake. Mary Berry's chocolate cake is perfect served with a drizzle of fresh cream. Store in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. If you have any 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 recipe is part of Mary Berry's three cakes in one recipe, taken from Mary Berry's Stress-free Kitchen.(926 ratings)
It may be gluten free and egg free, but this chocolate layer cake really is a special celebration cake that everyone can enjoy – even if you have a gluten intolerance or are allergic to eggs. One for the whole family.
Take your Victoria sponge cake to the next level by decorating it to make this incredible caramel biscuit cake. It's completely covered in a caramel forsting and shards of Leibniz caramel biscuits, caramel waffles and Dime bars for an unforgettable treat that would make a quirky birthday cake.(2 ratings)
We took our favourite Victoria sponge recipe and gave it a serious pimping. Here are 5 amazing (and easy!) ways to pimp your Victoria sponge cake, including caramel biscuits, coconut and Jazzies. You’re going to want to make them all…(4 ratings)
Make your Victoria sponge multi-coloured with circles of vivid buttercream in different colours hiding in the middle and buttercream dots on top. Watch how to decorate your sponge cake this way in minutes, making the perfect cake for birthday and special occasions.(1 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.(23 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)
Oreo cake will make you very popular, with rich chocolate sponge, crunchy Oreo buttercream filling and simple Oreo decoration. This cake is a showstopper.(14 ratings)