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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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Courgettes aren't just delicious in savoury recipes. You can turn them into sweet treats or even cakes like these tasty courgette and lime muffins.(47 ratings)
Dairy free strawberry mousse cake is light and fruity, made with coconut milk and plenty of strawberries to make a quick and easy cake that everyone can enjoy. It take just 20 minutes to prepare before it's chilled overnight to set into a delicious dessert that's made for sharing, as it serves 8-10 people with no fuss.(2 ratings)
Sticky plum upside down tray bake is sure to bring back childhood memories. It may be typically enjoyed with pineapple, but it goes well with plums too. This fruit is low in calories and contains plenty of vitamins and minerals. Top your tray bake with pomegranate seeds and pistachios for extra texture (and nutrients!). This recipe serves 18, so it's great to share at a party.(1 ratings)
This genoese sponge with strawberries and cream is a sumptuous summer bake that will wow your friends and family. With a homemade jam and light, delicate sponge, this cake does require a bit of extra time and effort, but the results are well worth the wait - and you can use the leftover jam on your toast the next morning!(5 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.(12 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.(401 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.(17 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!(7 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)
Make the most of eggs in this delicious dessert which uses fluffy egg whites in the base and rich egg yolks in the custard topping. This makes an impressive pudding to serve up to friends after dinner. Simply slice a wedge of cake and spoon on some softly whipped cream. This cake will serve up to 12 peoople and will take 40 mins to cook in the oven.(7 ratings)
Peach and orange drizzle loaf is fruity and zingy, with a pretty topping. There are only four steps and you won’t need too many ingredients. The flavours really come through but it's a light sponge, so it's perfect for afternoon tea.(1 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.(43 ratings)
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.(16 ratings)
Get a little creative with your cupcakes by making these amazing rainbow cupcakes. Follow this easy recipe to see how it's done - they're not as hard as they look!(112 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.(21 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...(74 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.(36 ratings)