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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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Want to make your very own rainbow cake? This rainbow cake recipe is easy to follow and is great for those special occasions. It's an impressive cake recipe. What birthday girl or boy wouldnít be delighted with this brightly coloured rainbow cake, imagine their surprise when they cut into it. Itís not difficult to make with our easy mix sponge cake recipe, you just have to be bold with the colours and use concentrated gel paste colours which are now widely available in major supermarkets, cake decorating shops and online. Use 18cm round sandwich cake tins, youíll probably need to bake the sponges in batches, if you donít have 5 tins, but this is not a problem as the cakes donít take long to cook. Once baked you can freeze the sponges until you are ready to assemble and decorate.(185 ratings)
Coffee cake has a rich coffee flavour and this easy recipe makes a 20cm cake that's layered with coffee-infused frosting and dusted with cocoa powder. Triple tested in the Womanís Weekly kitchen, this seriously good cake is has that rich, coffee flavour along with a coffee-infused buttercream, which comes from handy coffee essence. Serving up to 12 people, this cake is ready in 45 mins - with just a 15 mins prep time. The filling and topping are both made using coffee essence, which you can buy in most supermarkets in the baking aisle. On a low oven temperature, this cake cooks to slowly and perfectly inside and out. Dust this coffee cake with cocoa powder as a lovely complement to the coffee flavour and aroma. It's all so surprisingly simple for such a impressive cake.(198 ratings)
This easy Victoria sponge is a classic Victoria sponge cake 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 Victoria sponge recipe is especially delicious when paired with a warm cuppa Ė yum! According to data and sales figures from Marks & Spencer, the UKís favourite cake is the classic Victoria sponge or Victoria sandwich cake. And, this classic recipe for sponge cake 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! This mouth-watering Victoria sponge takes 30 mins to make, so you can have a delicious sponge cake ready in no time. This Victoria sponge recipe serves 8 people, so you know youíll have enough slices if youíve got family or friends coming round to your house. This recipe is the perfect recipe for those who have never baked before and are looking for an easy beginners Victoria sponge recipe. If you have any leftovers of this delicious sponge cake with a simple jam filling store in an airtight container on the kitchen side or in a cake tin. If you fill your sponge with fresh cream, then remember to store in an airtight container in the fridge, so the cream doesnít go off.(338 ratings)
Our pumpkin shaped cakes is a way to give your Halloween party a bit of pizazz and makes the perfect centrepiece. This Pumpkin shaped cake is an inventive way to either pimp up your pumpkin flesh after all those lanterns or to do a more seasonal twist on a family favourite. If you don't have a bundt tin then you can use regular sandwich tin and cut off the edges to give a more rounded finish, once you have the icing and stalk on it nobody will be able to tell!
Chocolate cake is a timeless treat and this Mary Berry chocolate cake recipe makes the perfect rich chocolate cake with creamy chocolate icing that's surprisingly easy to make. This Mary Berry chocolate cake recipe will show you how to make a chocolate cake in less than an hour. 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 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 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 might lose its shine - you'll just have to eat the entire chocolate cake as fast as you can...(3931 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)
Baileys cheesecake is an all time favourite and this no-bake recipe makes a seriously impressive dessert when youíre entertaining friends and family! And as well as being delicious, this Baileys cheesecake recipe is particularly easy to make. Our Baileys cheesecake is so simple to make that all you have to do is combine very few ingredients, including double cream and Baileys for the topping and digestive biscuits and butter for the base. Because this Baileys cheesecake recipe is no bake, thereís no need to pop it in the oven - all you have to do is put it in the fridge and wait a few hours or overnight for it to set. If you love Baileys, this dessert is especially great for the holidays, as it's another way to enjoy the festive tipple. But if you're just a fan of a deliciously sweet pud, this Baileys cheesecake can also be enjoyed throughout the rest of the year as a refreshing dessert - especially as a post Sunday-roast treat! Sprinkled with grated chocolate or cocoa powder and topped with cream, this Baileys cheesecake makes a delicious dessert than everyone will love - and be asking you for the recipe!(343 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.(94 ratings)
Our Oreo dessert layer cake is the perfect recipe for when you want to make a show stopping cake but donít want to turn on the oven! The layers of sweet vanilla cream and crunchy sandwich cookies come together to make the ultimate easy but impressive cake. Oreo desserts are always a popular choice for family events and kids birthday parties, so why not try making this Oreo dessert layer cake as a birthday cake for your favourite Oreo lover? This Oreo dessert cake can be prepared up to two days in advance, but needs to be left overnight before serving to allow the biscuits to soften slightly. This means that the cake is easy to cut into, and more importantly bite into, but still has a subtle cookie crunch. This Oreo dessert layer cake is easy but so impressive, and celebrates the classic flavour of cookies and cream that we all know and love.(2 ratings)
This classic buttercream icing recipe is the perfect way to top cakes and cupcakes. Once you've mastered this basic recipe you'll be able to experiment with various flavours and colours. This easy to make cupcake or cake topping takes only 5 mins to prepare. This buttercream recipe makes enough to decorate one 20-23cm round cake or 12 cupcakes. Any leftover buttercream can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. Make sure you mix thoroughly before re-piping onto cupcakes or cake. Add a few drops of food colouring to dye your buttercream or a few drops of water to loosen when re-using. If you make lots of cakes then you can bulk batch make this and freeze it, ahead of when you need it. Buttercream defrosts well overnight - just remember to let it come to room temperature before you need it so that it's easy to ice with.(285 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! Decorate 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. Yum!(494 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 Swiss roll cake could be served as a delicious dessert recipe topped with lashings of cream. This chocolate Swiss roll 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.(158 ratings)
Pumpkin cake is a classic is the ideal way of using up leftover pumpkin over the winter months. Whether the leftovers are from Halloween pumpkin carving or a harvest you were lucky enough to have in your back garden, youíre going to love this mouth-watering pumpkin cake recipe topped with thick cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with cinnamon. This pumpkin cake serves 10-12 people and will take only 20 mins to prep. Store this delicious pumpkin cake in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. If youíve added the whipped cream topping, itís best stored in the fridge so you enjoy this pumpkin cake for longer.
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 wonít 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 itís perfect if you want to make them for a little family gathering or if youíre having friends round Ė theyíll love you for it!(611 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 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 donít 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 itís perfect if youíre having a small group of friends over. This lemon drizzle cake is so good that we doubt youíll leftovers. But if you do, you can store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days and enjoy it later.(3872 ratings)
Chocolate muffins are any chocolate lover's dream treat. Everyone loves freshly made muffins and these quick and simple chocolate muffins with delicious chocolate chunks are made in just 3 easy steps. This classic chocolate muffin recipe will make perfectly soft and rich in chocolate flavour muffins every time, so you can rest assured they will be a success with your friends and family. This recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins and will take about 55 mins to prepare and bake, so you can these lovely little treats ready in less than an hour. These muffins are ideal served cold with a cup of tea or warm drizzled in custard or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. As this easy muffin recipe is so simple to make, you could even get the kids to help you make them - they'll love the experience!(866 ratings)
You can make Mary Berry's Christmas cake 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.(1713 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.(216 ratings)