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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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A sticky sweet sponge topped with a naughty lemon liqueur icing and nuggets of crystalised ginger, this treacle bundt cake is a great treat for any special occasion, from Christmas to birthdays. Leftover slices (if you've got any!) are perfect served the next day with a nice cup of tea.(6 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.(2195 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.(1200 ratings)
The smell of freshly baked gingerbread is hard to resist but if you can avoid the temptation of cutting a slice while warm from the oven, gingerbread is best cooled and wrapped and kept for a day or two before eating. It will slice much better and have a lovely sticky texture. Cinnamon, ginger, golden syrup and black treacle all help to give these easy gingerbreads their delicious flavour. This recipe makes two small loaves, so why not keep one in the freezer for another day? If you freeze it wrapped in individual slices, itís perfect for lunchboxes and will defrost much quicker than a whole loaf.(88 ratings)
Cut into this boozy cherry bakewell magic cake for a bit of a surprise! Three different textures in one cake, it's absolutely delicious, but definitely one for the grown-ups as it's quite boozy! Almonds and cherries are the perfect match and go great in this delicious cake.
These impressive Baileys cupcakes from goodtoknow's cupcake Queen, Victoria Threader, taste just as good as they look. With this easy-to-make recipe you'll be enjoying these sweet treats in no time.(46 ratings)
These delicious s'mores cupcakes are the perfect autumn treat. Based on the traditonal American classic, these cupcakes have four mouth-watering layers including a crunchy caramelised biscuit base, a layer of melted chocolate, a gooey rich chocolate sponge centre and a sweet, fluffy marshmallow topping and come complete with a chocolate dipped biscuit - what more could you ask for?(13 ratings)
Sticky marshmallow and chocolate tray bake is so easy to make with the kids. Ready in just 40 mins, this delicious tray bake is about to become a family favourite, made with Rice Krispies, butter, marshmallows and plenty of chocolate. Cut into 16 squares and watch it disappear in seconds! This sticky sweet treat is perfect for kids' parties, as party bag fillers or a weekend treat.(3 ratings)
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(305 ratings)
Using US recipes? Convert US cup measures into grams with our handy tool, which will help convert American recipes into UK recipes you can make at home(628 ratings)
Got some bananas going brown in your fruit bowl? Don't throw them away! Use them to make this delicious banana bread. Ripe bananas give the dense loaf a lovely moist texture with a subtle hint of flavour. The thick dough takes a little longer than your average cake to bake, but it's worth the wait. A slice of this flavour-packed cake is a perfect treat for breakfast (try it with a spread of butter), parties or just a little afternoon treat with a cup of tea.(122 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 (unlikely!), 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.(1524 ratings)
Dairy-free pistachio cake with avocado icing is so rich and creamy that no one will know it's dairy-free! It's made with cocoa powder and coconut milk. It's an unexpected and lovely way to use avocado, making a really creamy icing that's better for you than a traditional recipe as it's made with no butter. Give it a go, and no one will be able to believe the cake is dairy-free - or that it as avocado in it! Perfect if you're catering for anyone who's dairy intolerant, and we promise everyone will enjoy it.
Planning on making a cake this Christmas? Not sure how to decorate it? You've come to the right place! Our cupcake queen, Victoria Threader has created some brilliant, and surprisingly easy, cake decorations with fondant for you to try(10 ratings)
Bake these cute little Christmas pudding cupcakes to give as festive gifts, with our exclusive recipe goodtoknow's cupcake queen Victoria Threader(21 ratings)
Everyone needs a good basic cupcake recipe to create the perfect cupcakes. These plain cupcakes can be decorated with our perfect cupcake buttercream to create beautiful cupcakes perfect for any occasion - it's one of goodtoknow's top cupcake recipes! This basic cupcake recipe makes a batch of 24 cupcakes. To make your cupcakes even, use an ice cream scoop when it comes to filling 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.(631 ratings)
Rich gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cake is so good that you won't even know it's missing the usual ingredients. It's perfect for a special occasion as it means everyone can enjoy it, even allergies and intolerances. With this cake, special dietary requirements won't be a problem! It's easy too, and takes less than an hour to make. It serves 10, making it perfect for a party. The gooey chocolate ganache on top is made with coconut cream and dark chocolate, the soft sponge is made with gluten-free flour and filled with a soya spread buttercream. But when you try it, you won't even tell the difference!(4 ratings)
Homemade Jaffa cakes are so easy to make and will wow everyone with a biscuit 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.