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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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Slimming World's orange and raspberry bites are so simple to make, with a zesty base, using Quark to cheat the frosting and fresh fruit on top. Perfect for sweet cravings, plus it gives you an extra portion of fruit. You'll make this again and again, but you can also experiment with flavours by swapping the orange for lemon or lime instead, or topping with different berries.(7 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.(398 ratings)
Lisa Faulkner's fantasy cake recipe is a deliciously summery treat made with strawberries or raspberries, or both! Lisa makes the cake all the time but she's altered it slightly over the years. The fruit she's used has varied, so feel free to use your favourite. It's lovely served warm as a dessert.(11 ratings)
Rhubarb and custard cake bars bring together the perfect flavour pairing in a new way. Serve them with a cuppa or give them as a thoughful food gift. Whether you serve them with a cuppa or give them as a thoughtful food gift, these sweet and sticky rhubarb and custard cake bars are just delicious!(5 ratings)
Strawberry trifle cake is the ultimate no bake cake for summer, made by layering ready-made flan cases with white chocolate, cream and berries(6 ratings)
This light lemon cake with lemon curd buttercream is sweet and citrusy and only takes 35 mins to bake. With a sweet syrup glaze and a creamy lemon buttercream topping, this cake is delicious. The buttercream frosting combines butter, icing sugar and lemon curd for a light and fluffy coating. The sponge is soft and moist, even more so with the syrup and is full of grated lemon zest which gives it a natural lemon flavour throughout. Decorate with drizzles of lemon curd and it’s ready to be enjoyed.(394 ratings)
Chewy chocolate oat squares are a cross between a cake and a flapjack and so easy to make. The kids will love making these with you. Ready in under 1hr, this simple tray bake is made with cocoa powder to give it a rich, chocolatey flavour, drizzled with melted white chocolate and packed with rolled oats. These squares are a cross between a cake and a flapjack. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.(30 ratings)
This impressive sprinkles cake is ideal for special occasions such as birthdays or Mother's Day. Our step-by-step recipe will show you how to make this show-stopping cake in no time.(4 ratings)
Lorraine Pascale's raspberry, vanilla and white chocolate cake with almond flowers is the perfect treat. Not only does this cake look good, it tastes good too with a soft, moist sponge low-fat crème fraîche which makes it that little bit more guilt-free. Topped with a sweet white chocolate icing and decorated with fresh raspberries and flaked almonds. This is a really simple decorating technique which looks very impressive!(49 ratings)
Slimming World's chocolate and apricot brownies are easy to make and delicious too, made with low calorie hot chocolate powder and sweet dried fruit for a guilt-free hot of sweetness that fits into the Slimming World plan. This recipe makes 24 squares and will take just 35 mins to make and bake. Finish them off with a dusting of icing sugar or if you're feeling naughty, serve warm with frozen yogurt.(3 ratings)
If you're fan of Reese's Pieces you're going to love this showstopping, jaw-dropping cake made with a rich chocolate sponge, peanut butter buttercream and glazed with a luxurious chocolate ganache.(15 ratings)
Prepare to be wowed by this super-simple magic cake recipe, where one basic batter turns into three seperate layers when baked! There's dense cake, buried under a creamy layer, topped with lighter, fluffier sponge, all from the same easy mixture. Okay, so technically it's science, rather than magic, but once you've tasted it you won't be quite so sure...(23 ratings)
This delicious and impressive elderflower drizzle cake is a showstopper. Perfect as a special treat for Mother's Day or Easter. This refreshing bake has a creamy elderflower filling along with a sweet, elderflower drizzle on top. We've decorted our cake with edible flowers but you can decorate with fondant flowers instead.(2 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.(32 ratings)
Caramel swirl loaf cake is sure to turn a few heads when it comes to serving. This impressive bake is oozing with caramel and topped with a sweet frosting. If you have any of this loaf left over (as if!), store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.(6 ratings)
Give your classic banana cake a modern twist by making this delicious banana cake with caramel drizzle. The caramel drizzle adds a real depth of flavour to your sponge that works wonders with the sweet, moist banana along with the soft cream cheese filling and topping. Finish your cake with toasted pecans to make it even more special. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.(3 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 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.(1103 ratings)
This impressive polka dot cake would make the perfect birthday or celebration cake. It's much easier to make than you may think with colourful polka dots hidden carefully in the sponge, the kids are going to love it! Learn how to make your own with our simple step-by-step recipe...(31 ratings)