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Baking a cake has never been easier thanks to our collection of simple cake recipes. We've got lots of delicious and easy cake recipes for you to choose from so if you're looking for simple cake recipe, you've come to the right place. From classics like Victoria sponge to birthday cakes you can easily make at home.
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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Homemade Jaffa cakes are so easy to make and will wow everyone with a spongey 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. They're everyone's favourite and you'll be surprised just how easy it is to make your own. You'll have a spongey, soft base, perfectly set orange jelly and a really nice layer of chocolate on top. If you love chocolate then you can have as thick a layer as you like, if not, keep it thin like the original treat!(1 ratings)
These low-calorie Weetabix chocolate brownies are perfect if you're trying to be healthy or are looking for a guilt-free version of your favourite chocolate treat. They really are so easy to make, taking around 25 mins to cook and only 10 mins to prepare. The Weetabix adds a delicious crunch to each brownie bite. A portion of our brownies works out at only 74 calories per serving as well as only 3g of fat. This recipe uses a Slimming World favourite - MullerLight yogurt - which adds a bit of sweetness to the recipe. They're the perfect snack with a cup of tea or served for dessert with a dollop of ice cream or cream for a special treat.(5 ratings)
Jazz up a birthday cake with the kids using sprinkles, cookie cutters, marshmallows and icing pens in fun ways!(1 ratings)
Gingerbread cupcakes are a lovely cross between a classic gingerbread cake and gingerbread biscuits - taking the best from both! This lovely recipe for these pretty gingerbread cupcakes calls for a soft and sweet buttercream as well as mini gingerbread men decorations to give them a really fun finish so they're sure to be popular with kids and adults alike. With the warming flavours of ginger, cinnamon and allspice these will fill your house with the delicious smell of gingerbread cupcakes while they're baking, which might make giving them away hard. However, if you can bring yourself to gift your new bakes then these are really great as food gifts around Christmas. Simply pop a couple into boxes and give to the kids' teachers or friends and family when you see them over the holidays.(33 ratings)
This chocolate smash cake is really fun and perfect for a birthday party - whether it's for kids or grown-ups, it'll be an instant hit! You can bring this cake out with a mini hammer so you've got the novelty of cracking it open and you'll find loads of sweets spill out! It's the ultimate treat really - a bit like a pińata, but in the form of a cake! This cake is a bit of a long process to make, but it really is worth the extra time and effort you put in as you can't really buy smash cakes in the shops. Plus, you can fill it with your kids' favourite sweets, which will make for even more of a treat! Give it a go, and happy smashing!(2 ratings)
A chocolate pound cake makes the perfect midweek pick-me-up to share with friends and family. The simple recipe is super speedy to whip up and the baked loaf will keep for a good five days (although we doubt it will last that long) if kept well wrapped in greaseproof paper and stored in an airtight tin. Depending on what you fancy you can also add a few extras to your pound cake. Things like chopped chocolate chips make a lovely addition, as do nuts like pecans or walnuts.(3 ratings)
Summer fruit ice cream trifle cake is a 3-in-1 pudding that's part cake, part trifle, and part ice cream, which makes it a real winner with everyone! With every slice of this cake, you get delightfully spongy cake, a strawberry ice cream centre and plenty of lightly whipped cream topped with summer berries for a really fresh but indulgent summer dessert. Guests will be so impressed with this lovely cake and it looks like it's taken a lot of hard work and effort, but in actual fact you can have it ready in just over an hour! The kids can help you make this one - from helping mix all the ingredients, to scooping the ice cream into the cake, they can lend a little hand at most stages of the process!
Learn how to make red velvet cake with our classic red velvet cake recipe from Rachel Allen. A rich red sponge topped with a cool white frosting is an impressive cake choice for any occasion. This easy 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.(67 ratings)
You can make Mary Berry's Victorian-style 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.(1282 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 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 icing, made with a simple sugar and lemon mixture. This delicious lemon drizzle cake will take approximately 55 mins to prepare and bake and serves up to 6 people. Store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(2691 ratings)
This easy ice cream bread recipe is made using only 2 ingredients, bringing together your favourite tub of ice cream with self-raising flour to make a mouth-watering sweet loaf of bread. You can serve your finished loaf with more ice cream or drizzle over chocolate before enjoying. This bread is so easy to make, taking only 5 mins to prep and 35 mins to cook. Serving 6 people, it's perfect for a little party and can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. If you don't like Ben & Jerry's Half Baked ice cream you could use your favourite ice cream instead - try classic vanilla, chocolate, or how about mint chocolate chip for a minty twist?(5 ratings)
No-bake mint Oreo cheesecake is a stunning recipe that takes only 30 minutes of prep and looks absolutely stunning with the chooclate dripping over the cake. Mint and chocolate are a classic combination so you know everyone will love it. This cheesecake works great for a birthday party, barbecue or even a picnic - just make sure you're careful transporting it! You can really get creative with the decorating of your cheesecake and use as many crumbled Oreos as you like - everyone loves them so the more you pile on, the better! Just make sure you leave the cake in the fridge long enough to set because you don't want it falling apart as you try to dish it up - be patient!
This delicious 4-tiered gingerbread cake with brandy buttercream is a great way to impress your friends and family during the festive season. Topped with glace cherries, dried apricots and handfuls of chopped nuts, this mouth-watering cake is easier to make than it may look. The ginger infused sponge and the light brandy buttercream really complement each other – every bite is like a mouthful of Christmas! This recipe makes 2 layers of the gingerbread cake at a time - not everyone has the oven space to make 4 cakes at once! You can also make this into a simple 2 layer sandwich cake if you prefer. Each layer should take about 15-20 mins to cook.(6 ratings)
This impressive emoji robot cake is much easier to make than it may look. This fun cake is the perfect option for special occasions like birthday parties, or themed parties. The kids will love it!(1 ratings)
This mint chocolate ice-cream cake really has the wow-factor! It's colourful, fun and the made using everyone's favourite flavour combination: chocolate and mint! This is the perfect cake for a birthday party - whether you're baking for children or a grown-up party, everyone will love it! The freshness of the mint works really well with the richness of the chocolate cake, and you have the different textures of the ice cream and the spongey cake with the creamy layers in between. There are a few steps to this cake, but don't let that put you off, it's surprisingly easy to make, just make sure you're patient waiting for the cake to cool because a hot cake and frozen ice cream don't mix well!
A gingerbread wreath not only tastes festive but looks festive too, with a dense gingerbread sponge and simple but effective decoration. It doesn’t take much to make this cake and the simple flavours of the sweet icing sugar, orange zest and ginger work really well together. Quickly decorated with edible holly shapes and drizzled in icing, this gingerbread wreath bundt is sure to impress your friends and family this Christmas. This gorgeous recipe would make a tasty alternative to traditional Christmas pudding too, if you're not a fruit sponge lover. And feel free to decorate it any way you fancy - popping candy, gold stars and sparklers would all look amazing, as would colourful sprinkles and red and white icing.(9 ratings)
Pineapple and pomegranate upside down cake is fruity, spongey and so moist! It's the perfect cake to enjoy with your feet up and a cup of afternoon tea! This colourful cake couldn't be more simple but it really has the wow-factor, as the colour of the pomegranate against the pineapple really makes it pop! Pineapple and pomegranate are lovely tropical flavours which means this fruity cake goes just as well with a cup of tea, as it does with a cocktail - whilst your cake is baking you can easily make up a jug of your favourite fruit mix and invite friends round for a really indulgent afternoon. It's worth the extra few minutes making the drizzle too, as it adds even more moisture and flavour to the cake!(1 ratings)
Make your own Christmas cake with our easy Christmas cake recipe. This simple, all-in-one recipe makes the perfect fruit base for your festive treat. This hearty Christmas cake will serve between 14-21 people and will take around 3hrs to prepare and bake. It's well worth making this classic Christmas cake in advance so its got plenty of time to absorb all of the flavours from the mixed fruit and brandy. And if you're trying to be good this Christmas, you'll be glad to know that a slice of this mouth-watering fruit cake works out at only 242 calories per serving - yes, really! This tasty Christmas cake has been tested in the GoodtoKnow kitchen and is certainly a favourite. Once you've mastered this recipe you can get decorating with your chosen topping, be it traditional fondant and marzipan or royal icing or if you're looking to keep it simple, don't decorate this cake at all and serve glazed in a light drizzle of honey, golden syrup or warmed apricot jam.(237 ratings)