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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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Chocolate mug cakes couldn't be easier to make, and are perfect if you fancy a little treat 'from me to me', as they're just the right quantity for one person. Using your microwave you can whip one of these up in just five minutes from things you most likely already have in your cupboard. All you'll need is some baking essentials like sugar and flour, an egg and some cocoa powder as well as a few extras to decorate if you fancy taking things to the next level. For a fun Easter twist we've plumped for Mini Eggs to stir through the mixture, but you could use anything you have to hand. Crushed up Flakes would be delicious, as would Smarties. You can enjoy these mini chocolate mug cakes just as they are, or you can treat yourself to an even more indulgent dessert by topping them with whipped cream or ice cream once they're ready. They'll be nice and warm so expect things to melt and mix together. If you're feeling generous you could make these for friends or family by making everyone an individual mug cake. We think these chocolate mug cakes are a fun project to do with kids, so they can add their own favourite treats to the mixture and pick their own mug.(1 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.(272 ratings)
Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich recipe is a classic from The Great British Bake Off judge. Learn how to make her sponge with this easy all-in-one method. Her large all-in-one 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 we'd recommend using freshly whipped cream alongside the 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!(886 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.(315 ratings)
This chocolate brownie recipe is delicious, easy and shows you how to make perfect chocolate brownies 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 and come out perfectly every time. 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 out of 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 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!(493 ratings)
Creme Egg cake made with a rich chocolate sponge and plenty of Creme Eggs is the only cake you need to make for Easter, whether for afternoon tea or Easter dessert. Whether you're a Creme Egg lover or just a sweet tooth in general, this will be the cake of your dreams. Creme eggs make great ingredients for cakes because they're so sweet, so you know you'll end up with a sweet Easter treat! To make this impressive cake, you'll just under an hour plus time to let it cool, but the wait will be so worth it when your friends and family fall head over heels for this delicious Easter bake. This Creme Egg cake serves eight to twelve people, so make sure to invite people over so can taste this Easter treat (or just have it all to yourself, we definitely won't judge!). We bet you've never seen so many Creme Eggs featured in one gorgeous cake...(55 ratings)
Simnel cake is a staple of Easter baking and we have a simple and easy guide to help you make a delicious Easter Simnel cake. This recipe for Simnel cake shows you how to make a traditional Simnel cake, taking you step by step - it's so easy, even beginners can have a go! Simnel cake is a rich fruit cake with marzipan stirred into the mixture, and then finished off with even more marzipan - marzipan lovers will go nuts for it! If you're looking for a traditional Easter bake to make for your friends and family, then you should really try our classic Simnel cake recipe. We bet everyone's going to love this lovely Easter bake!(34 ratings)
Easter without a lovely Simnel cake is not quite the same, but making the same recipe over and over again could become quite tedious. So why not change things up with our mini eggs simnel cake? Traditionally decorated with 11 balls of marzipan to represent the Apostles, this chocolate and marzipan Easter simnel cake uses chocolate mini eggs instead, so it's ideal for any chocolate lovers you might have in the family. This special Simnel cake takes around 2h and 10 mins to make, but it's well worth the wait. This recipes makes one large cake, enough to feed a big party if you're having friends or family members round on Easter Sunday. To make this lovely Easter bake look even nicer for your guests, you can put a ribbon around your cake - and don't forget to decorate it with lots of mini eggs!(8 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 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.(3308 ratings)
This simple butterfly buns recipe is a bake sale favourite! The kids are going to love making them! In just a few simple steps you can have these tasty butterfly cakes ready in 40 mins, so they’re quick to make as well as easy. This recipe 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 for 100% homemade butterfly cakes - so nobody can accuse you of copping out!(435 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.(3047 ratings)
Cream cheese frosting is essential when making mouthwatering cupcakes and we have the perfect recipe for it, thanks to the famous Hummingbird Bakery. Top your cakes or cupcakes with this delicious and easy cream cheese frosting recipe, and we bet everyone will ask for seconds! The best part of this simple cream cheese frosting is that you only need three ingredients – icing sugar, butter and cream cheese. This cream cheese icing recipe can be made in a matter of minutes, so it’s a quick and easy to finish off your cupcakes in the most delicious way possible. This recipe tops 12 regular sized cupcakes but you also used it to top one regular sized cake (20cm round). The sweetness of the icing sugar and softness of the cream cheese balance each other out to make a smooth, sweet and tasty cream cheese frosting. This frosting would be perfect spooned or piped on top of carrot cake or red velvet cake. If you'd like to pipe this icing onto cupcakes or a cake, we'd recommend using a large nozzle. If you have any cream cheese frosting leftover, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. We'd recommend giving it a quick whisk or stir before adding to your cupcakes for best results. Time to get baking!(152 ratings)
Mini Eggs nest cake is the perfect chocolate treat for Easter - it's easy to make and ready in under an hour (and we guarantee it will be loved by kids and grown-ups alike). This Mini Eggs nest cake is such a great choice if you're feeding a crowd over the bank holiday - it looks really stunning and although it looks really impressive, it won't take ages to make. The pretzel sticks covered in chocolate sauce really do look like a nest and every household is full of Mini Eggs at Easter so you can scatter as many as you can fit on the nest for a really pretty finish.(5 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.(135 ratings)
This basic cupcake recipe will show you how to make cupcakes from scratch that come out perfect everytime, 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. 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 can follow along. 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 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!(807 ratings)
Nadiya Hussain's red berry simnel cake is a classic Easter recipe with a berry twist. It's got berries in the cake mixture and freeze-dried berries in the marzipan, which gives it a strong pink colour. Simnel cake is a traditional Easter cake topped with marzipan and gently toasted. It's decorated with 11 marzipan balls to represent the apostles, minus Judas - although, sometimes you might have 12 marzipan balls, including Jesus. This version of a Simnel cake is a really nice change from the classic Simnel recipe, with lovely fresh berries. This recipe serves up to 16, so you'll know there will be plenty to go round for everyone!(4 ratings)
This triple layered Simnel cake has a modern and colourful twist with pink raspberry layer and white chocolate frosting to make an impressive Easter cake. Upgrade your Easter baking with this beautiful and colourful cake - we bet all your guests will be impressed with your baking skills! As well as baking the cakes, you will also have to make the frosting, but don't worry - it's a lot easier than it looks. To make the white chocolate frosting, you will only need four ingredients - egg whites, caster sugar, unsalted butter, and Belgian white chocolate. For the fillings, you can use any chocolate spread and raspberry jam you have in your cupboard. This special Simnel cake is beautifully decorated with 12 white chocolate truffles to signify Jesus’ 12 disciples, and sprinkle pink stardust. This cake is ideal for serving a lot of people and would make the ideal showstopper on Easter Sunday.
This peach and passion fruit pavlova definitely has the wow factor! Triple tested in our kitchen, you know this summery treat will be a hit with every one every time. Melt-in-the-mouth meringue with a gorgeous squidgy marshmallow centre, this is a recipe for success with everyone - even fussy little ones will love this sweet treat. This fruity pavlova takes 2 hours to make in total but it will be well worth the wait when you leave your guests in awe with the amazing treats you can whip up in the kitchen! You'll only six basic ingredients for the meringue. If you're short on time, it might be a good idea to make it ahead and then only adding the filling before you serve.(12 ratings)