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Looking for a simple cake recipe? You've come to the right place. We've got lots of delicious and easy cake recipes for you to choose from. 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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Fruity banana split cupcakes are a playful bake that brings a family favourite dessert into cupcake form. They make an afternoon treat over a cup of tea, or would be perfect for a kids' party or a special occasion. With plenty of bananas, strawberries and cherries, these are fresh and light, especially with the low-calorie chocolate. They're much lower in sugar than regular cupcake recipes or the cupcakes you'll buy in the shops. Not only are they delicious, they're super pretty, so you can easily bake them for a friend's birthday or for a celebration.
Parsnip, pecan and apple buttermilk cake is such a beautiful and impressive recipe to make, which is perfect for a special occasion like a birthday or a party. It's super light and spongey and the buttercream is really smooth, thick and creamy. You'll really surprise friends and family when you tell them your cake has parsnips in it, but they add a really nice subtle sweetness and a nutty edge, plus it means the cake is lower in sugar than an ordinary sponge cake. Sold!(3 ratings)
This hearty banana cake recipe is a delicious way to use up any leftover bananas you might have lying around. The dense sponge is sprinkled with walnuts and topped with a rich chocolate buttercream to complement the banana flavours. To make this banana cake recipe, you need to make sure the bananas you use are very ripe and brown. This will pack your sponge full of sweet flavour and make your cake extra moist and soft. If you're not a fan of chocolate buttercream swap for vanilla instead or you could even drizzle your cake in a light icing sugar and water mix to give it a simple glaze. This recipe serves 12 people and only takes 1hr and 15 mins to make. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(166 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. This delicious cake serves 6-8 people and will take around 45 mins to make and bake. Store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(258 ratings)
This Weight Watchers white chocolate cake recipe will be popular with all the family, and is a great treat to have without ruining your diet. This delicious cake takes only 45 mins to make and serves 10 people. It's the perfect showstopper for friends and family to admire. Plus once they know it's guilt-free too, they'll be going back for a second slice! A soft vanilla sponge made with low-fat margarine and a light and creamy white chocolate filling and topping, made with low-fat soft cheese, you just can't go wrong! Serve with heaps of fresh berries including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries. Drizze in cream if you're serving as a dessert - it is a treat after all!(72 ratings)
This easy rainbow cupcakes recipe is so simple to make and takes only 25 mins to make and bake. Get a little creative with your cupcake making skills by whipping up these amazing rainbow cupcakes. Follow this simple recipe to see how it's done - they're not as hard as they look! This recipe makes 16 rainbow cupcakes in total and is perfect for making with kids or for kids parties as this recipe uses readymade cake mixture saving you plenty of time. Select your favourite rainbow colours including red, green and yellow. You could also try other colours too like pastel colours including lemon, lime or baby pink. These cupcakes would also make a great food gift for loved ones. Pop into a cupcake box or cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon.(121 ratings)
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This chocolate fingers cake is much easier to make than you may think and with our simple step-by-step picture recipe you'll have this tasty treat made in no time...(223 ratings)
This amazing Maltesers chocolate cake recipe is perfect for special occasions. It's also easy and quick - only an hour from start to finish, including cooling time making it an ideal bake for when time is tight or you might just have forgotten about someone's big day. This cake's smooth and rich cream cheese frosting makes it taste extra special and the crunchy malteser finish adds flavour, texture and that added wow factor too, yum! This recipe serves 12 people and will take around 1hr and 10 mins to make and bake. This cake can be stored in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. There's no need to keep this cake in the fridge - storing in the fridge will dry the cake out.(157 ratings)
Horlicks and prune tea loaf cake with chocolate drizzle is our lovely take on a malt loaf cake with a twist. It's goes so well with a cup of afternoon tea, and it is even better for sharing with friends when they pop round. The chocolate drizzled on top is a fab finishing touch that takes it to the next level.
This delicious and easy chocolate brownie recipe shows you how to make perfect brownies every time. 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 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 squidy consistency that makes brownies just perfect. This easy recipe for plain brownies is so simple, with just storecupboard ingredients - plus, they are ready in just 30 mins! This recipe makes a batch of 24 brownies.(318 ratings)
This delicious, moist coffee cake recipe is a classic that will never get old. Triple tested in the Woman’s Weekly kitchen, this tasty cake is packed full of a rich, coffee flavour along with a coffee infused buttercream. Serving up to 12 people, this cake takes 45 mins to make which is pretty speedy for a big cake like this. The filling and topping are both made using coffee essence which you can buy in most supermarkets in the cake baking aisle. On a low oven temperature this cake cooks to slowly and perfectly inside out. Dust with icing sugar and serve.(142 ratings)
This easy Victoria sponge is a classic baking 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 classic recipe 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 and bake and serves 8 people. This recipe is the perfect recipe for those who have never baked before and are looking for an easy beginners recipe. If you fill your sponge with fresh cream, store in an airtight container in the fridge, if you opt for a simple jam filling store in an airtight container on the kitchen side or in a cake tin.(307 ratings)
This basic cupcake recipe will give you perfect cupcakes every time, and you can decorate them however you like! These plain cupcakes can be decorated with our perfect cupcake buttercream to create beautiful cupcakes for any occasion. This is goodtoknow's most popular cupcake recipe. This basic cupcake recipe makes a batch of 24 cupcakes. 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.(659 ratings)
Learn how to 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(211 ratings)
Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes are so easy to make using store cupboard ingredients and they area ready in 30 minutes! This easy recipe shows you how to make a batch of 12 simple fairy cakes and how to decorate them with a simple icing and sweets. Get the kids to help you make these tasty fairy cakes; they can learn how to crack eggs and make smooth icing to drizzle on top of your mini sponges. This recipe couldn't be easier, but comes out perfectly every time - and everyone loves a fairy cake! These fairy cakes make the perfect birthday treat, party food or food gift for friends, family and little ones. Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes recipe is taken from one of her most famous books, Mary Berry's Baking Bible.(868 ratings)
The kids are going to love making these easy butterfly buns. In just a few simple steps you can have these tasty fairy cakes ready in 40 mins. 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.(409 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. This dense 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 and will last up to 3 days in an airtight container or Tupperware. Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich cake is part of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible book. Once you've perfected this classic you can try other fillings or flavours in your sponge as well as experimenting with decoration too.(638 ratings)