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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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This cupcake recipe will show you how to make cupcakes from scratch that come out perfectly every time - and you can decorate them however you like! These easy 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 will be able to make them easily. 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 cupcakes 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!(913 ratings)
Rainbow cake is the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion! Want to make your very own rainbow cake? This rainbow cake recipe is easy to follow and is great for those memorable moments. It's an impressive cake recipe. What birthday girl or boy wouldn’t be delighted with this brightly coloured rainbow cake, imagine their surprise when they cut into it. It’s not difficult to make with our easy mix sponge cake recipe, you just have to be bold with the colours and use concentrated gel paste colours which are now widely available in major supermarkets, cake decorating shops and online. Use 18cm round sandwich cake tins, you’ll probably need to bake the sponges in batches, if you don’t have 5 tins, but this is not a problem as the cakes don’t take long to cook. Once baked you can freeze the sponges until you are ready to assemble and decorate.(188 ratings)
Mary Berry's chocolate cake is a timeless treat. This chocolate cake recipe makes a perfect rich chocolate cake with creamy chocolate icing every time. This Mary Berry chocolate cake recipe is surprisingly easy to make and will show you how to make a chocolate cake in less than an hour. This easy chocolate cake is simple and easy-to-follow, serving 6 people and taking only 50 mins to prepare and bake. Mary Berry's moist chocolate cake is perfect served with a drizzle of fresh cream for an indulgent dessert or afternoon snack with a cuppa. Store this chocolate cake in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. If you have any of this moist 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 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 might lose its shine - you'll just have to eat the entire chocolate cake as fast as you can...(4315 ratings)
Banana cake is naturally sweet, moist and deliciously rich and this easy banana cake recipe makes an impressive cake that would look the part at a celebration. The moist sponge is sprinkled with walnuts and topped with a rich chocolate buttercream to complement the banana. To make this banana cake recipe, you need to make sure the bananas you use are very ripe and brown - in fact, it's a great way to use up bananas that have been left in the fruit bowl for some time. This will pack your sponge full of sweet flavour and make your banana cake extra moist and soft. If you're not a fan of chocolate buttercream on your banana cake, you can swap this for vanilla instead, or you could even drizzle your banana cake in a light icing sugar and water mix to give it a simple glaze. This easy banana cake recipe serves 12 people, so it's great for a gathering. This easy banana cake only takes 1hr and 15 mins to make, but just 15 minutes to prepare. Easy! Any leftovers (ha!) can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(230 ratings)
Red velvet cake is an all time favourite when it comes to delicious bakes that you can make easily make to impress your family and friends. Learn how to make red velvet cake with our classic red velvet cake recipe from Rachel Allen, which makes a lovely bake every time. A rich red sponge topped with a cool white frosting, this yummy red velvet cake is an impressive choice for any occasion. This easy red velvet cake 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.(94 ratings)
Courgette cake is a lovely treat if you fancy something different, and Tom Kerridge has just the perfect way to make a mouthwatering courgette cake recipe. It will take you just 10 mins to make this courgette cake recipe, and another 50 mins to bake it - so you will have a delicious courgette cake ready to be devoured in one hour! A slice of this courgette cake contains 365 calories, so this courgette cake recipe is a healthy treat that won't break the diet. Tom Kerridge says: 'Like the carrots in a carrot cake, courgette keeps this delicious cake lovely and moist. A light cream cheese and lime icing provides a refreshing contrast. The cake will keep in the fridge for a couple of days – just bring it to room temperature before serving to enjoy it at its best.'(3 ratings)
Baileys cheesecake is an all time favourite and this no-bake recipe makes a seriously impressive dessert when you’re entertaining friends and family! And as well as being delicious, this Baileys cheesecake recipe is particularly easy to make. Our Baileys cheesecake is so simple to make that all you have to do is combine very few ingredients, including double cream and Baileys for the topping and digestive biscuits and butter for the base. Because this Baileys cheesecake recipe is no bake, there’s no need to pop it in the oven - all you have to do is put it in the fridge and wait a few hours or overnight for it to set. If you love Baileys, this Baileys no-bake cheesecake is especially great for the holidays, as it's another way to enjoy the festive tipple. But if you're just a fan of a deliciously sweet pud, this Baileys cheesecake can also be enjoyed throughout the rest of the year as a refreshing dessert - especially as a post Sunday-roast treat! Sprinkled with grated chocolate or cocoa powder and topped with cream, this Baileys cheesecake makes a delicious dessert than everyone will love - and be asking you for the recipe!(373 ratings)
These easy Cornflakes cakes are the perfect treat to make with the kids. You will only need to use four ingredients to make this crunchy variation on the chocolate Cornflake cake. This recipe is simple, that your kids could give you a little help in the kitchen and learn how to make them! This recipe will take only 20 mins to make and serves between 6-8 people, so it’s perfect if you just want an after-school treat. These Cornflake cakes are so easy to make, the kids can definitely get involved in measuring, mixing and spooning the mixture, as well as trying them afterwards – but you won’t have to ask them to help on this! These cakes are a great, budget choice for bake sales too as they're quick to make, you don't need that many ingredients and they're cheap to produce too – so you can get a nifty profit for charity. If you want to give these cakes a twist, swap the Cornflakes for another of your favourite cereals instead like Rice Krispies, Bran Flakes (a healthier version) or Coco Pops (a chocolate version) - the choices are endless!(86 ratings)
Our classic Easter nests recipe is a must when it comes to Easter weekend. Bring back memories mixing Shredded Wheat or Cornflakes with melted chocolate with this easy no-bake recipe. Easter nests are a classic treat for spring and the best thing about them is just how easy they are to make. Perfect for making with kids, all you need to do is melt a little chocolate and stir through a few ingredients and leave to set - simple! To make it even easier, we've created a step-by-step video guide for making perfect Easter nests - now all you have to do is decide what you'll put in the middle of the nests! This recipe makes 12 nests and will take around 15 mins to make plus chilling time. The kids are going to love making these tasty treats for Easter this year.(57 ratings)
Chocolate brownies always go down a treat with children and adults alike, and this chocolate brownie recipe makes rich, fudgey brownies that will come out perfectly 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 for a really chocolatey result. 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 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 chocolate 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!(658 ratings)
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Valentine's cupcakes are a great way to say 'I love you' to all the special people in your life. Whether it's your other half, a friend, a family member, or even your little ones, everyone will definitely be left with a big smile on their faces after they receive this lovely treat. These cute Valentine's cupcakes recipe will make 12, so you'll have plenty of tasty treats to go round all the special people in your life. You'll only need 25 mins to make these Valentine's cupcakes, plus another half an hour to bake them. Victoria Threader's exclusive Valentine's cupcakes recipe comes with a cute homemade gingham cake topper, and a vanilla sponge - what a great combination! Show someone you care this Valentine's Day by making these romantic Valentine's cupcakes.(3 ratings)
Raspberry muffins are oh-so-simple to make - and the best thing is the kids will love helping you make them! With less than an hour between prepping the ingredients to baked, these soft muffins make delicious raspberry muffins are a very quick win if you’ve got guests coming over - or you fancied something homemade for an afternoon treat with tea. Plus don’t forget school cake sales – you’ll never have to buy a packet of cakes again once you start making these. And if your kids aren’t so keen on eating fruit generally, it’s a great way to introduce them to the tastes without putting them off. So much so, you might have to keep the muffins locked away! If you really want to be creative, you don’t even have to stop with raspberry. Just like our top tip suggests, you could opt for some other fruits instead or do a mixed batch to really get a mixture of flavours going.(278 ratings)
Chocolate muffins are any chocolate lover's dream treat. Everyone loves freshly made muffins and these quick and simple chocolate muffins with delicious chocolate chunks are made in just 3 easy steps. This classic chocolate muffin recipe will make perfectly soft and rich in chocolate flavour muffins every time, so you can rest assured they will be a success with your friends and family. This recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins and will take about 55 mins to prepare and bake, so you can these lovely little treats ready in less than an hour. These muffins are ideal served cold with a cup of tea or warm drizzled in custard or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. As this easy muffin recipe is so simple to make, you could even get the kids to help you make them - they'll love the experience!(903 ratings)
Lemon Madeira cake recipe is so simple and uses just a few ingredients. Serve with a cuppa - and relax. Madeira cake is the perfect afternoon mood-lifter. This classic Madeira cake will take around 1hr and 15 mins to prepare and bake. It's a real family favourite that you'll want to make time and time again. This recipe serves 6-8 people. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or cake tin and are best eaten within 3 days of baking. This cake is just perfect served with a cuppa as an afternoon treat or if you want to serve with for dessert we'd recommend serving it warm with ice cream or with homemade custard.(180 ratings)
Lemon cake is delicious, quick and easy to make and this lemon cake recipe is a real winner. It's difficult not to gobble this delicious lemon cake down as soon as you've made it - but try to freeze a few slices for tomorrow! Another great cake from Woman's Weekly. This delicious, quick and easy lemon sponge cake recipe is a real winner. Infused with fresh lemons and topped with a sweet lemon curd buttercream. This cake serves 12 people and will take around 35 mins to bake plus cooling and decorating time. Store any leftover lemon cake in an airtight container for up to 2 days. This sponge cake recipe would work just as well with other citrus fruits instead. Try orange or lime.(494 ratings)
Whip up this Easter chocolate fudge cake recipe - a deliciously chocolately treat for the kids this Easter with this quick and easy fudge cake. You can get them to help with the decorating too, that's how easy this cake really is! This cake serves 8-12 people and is ideal for serving over the Easter holidays when you've got lots of family or friends round for celebrations. It will take aroud 1hr to make and bake this cake including cooling time. This delicious, rich chocolate sponge is topped with a glossy, sticky sweet chocolate ganache and really does taste as good as it looks. Store this cake in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 3 days. If the cake is a little dry after 3 days we'd recommend warming on a low heat in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds and serving warm and melted with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream - yum!(117 ratings)
This Creme Egg cake is made with a rich chocolate sponge and plenty of Creme Eggs. It's the only cake you need to make for Easter, whether for afternoon tea or Easter dessert. If you're a Creme Egg lover or just a sweet tooth in general, this will be the cake of your dreams piled high with gooey Creme Eggs, melted rich chocolate and a thick chocolate sponge cake. It takes just under 1 hour plus time to let it cool to make this cake but it is well worth the wait. This Creme Egg cake serves 8-12 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!(61 ratings)