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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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Our giant rice krispie cake takes a childhood baking classic and turns it into a two tiered cake, ready to share with friends and family. This no-bake giant rice krispie cake is so easy to make and is a fun addition to any kids’ birthday party. You can personalize this giant rice krispie cake by using your favourite chocolates and sweets to decorate.
Our Jamaican cake is laced with rum and rich ruby wine and each slice is like a little mouthful of the Caribbean. We’ve also added black treacle, golden syrup and blitzed glace cherries to the Jamaican cake mixture giving it an extra layer of indulgent sweetness. If you like, before decorating with royal icing, you can also top the Jamaican cake with marzipan. It would make an interesting alternative at Christmas for those who are not fond of Christmas cake.
Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich recipe makes a classic cake from The Great British Bake Off judge. This Victoria sandwich recipe is a simple sponge made with the easy all-in-one method. Her large Victoria sandwich is perfect for all baking abilities and only takes 35 mins to make in total, so you don’t have to spend ages in the kitchen to bake this delicious cake. This Mary Berry Victoria sponge is sandwiched together with strawberry jam. If you want to make this Victoria sandwich cake a dessert cake, use freshly whipped cream as well as jam for the filling. This cake serves between 6-8 people, so you know you’ll have a slice for everyone if you have people coming round for a cup of tea. This Victoria sandwich will last up to 3 days in an airtight container or Tupperware – but we doubt you’ll have any leftovers! Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich cake is part of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible book, and it comes out perfectly every time. Once you've perfected this classic you can try other fillings or flavours in your sponge as well as experimenting with decoration too. Trust us, this Mary Berry Victoria sandwich will be your most requested recipe from the first time you make it!(1000 ratings)
Blueberry muffins have never been easier to make thanks to this super simple recipe that makes perfect muffins every time and ready in only five steps. A real favourite with both grown-ups and kids, this easy blueberry muffins recipe is guaranteed to give you tasty treats, ready in a few simple steps and so moreish you'll have to keep making new batches! This recipe makes 12 regular sized blueberry muffins and it will take you around 45 mins to prepare and cook them. This classic blueberry muffins recipe is perfect for beginners or if you're trying to teach your little ones how to cook. They’ll love helping you out to make delicious treats that they can eat later and even take a special dessert in their lunch box to school. These basic blueberry muffins will be ready in just a few easy steps, so this recipe really is as easy and simple as you could get! Once you've mastered this basic recipe you could try swapping the blueberries for other berries instead like raspberries, strawberries or blackberries - the options are endless! Any of them work a treat with this yummy muffin recipe, so you should give them all a try and pick your favourite. Perfect to have a hot drink on a Sunday afternoon so get baking and turn the kettle on…(595 ratings)
Dundee cake is rich and fruity traditional Scottish cake. There are so many different variations of a Dundee cake, but it tends to always be made with dried fruits, like currant and sultanas, and almonds. It is a similar to a Christmas cake, but lighter and with a more crumbly texture. Dundee cake is best served with a hot cup of tea, and some people even pair it with cheese!
Our lemon layer cake is made from sweet lemon sponge cakes layered with zesty homemade lemon curd – but you could always use shop bought lemon curd to save time! This impressive lemon layer cake has five layers and is topped with a simple lemon icing. Don’t be intimidated by the many layers of this lemon layer cake, it’s easy to make but gives such impressive results!
Butterfly cakes are a really cute way to surprise the little ones, especially if it's someone's special day! If you want to turn it into a fun activity, the kids are going to love making these butterfly buns with you. In just a few simple steps you can have these tasty butterfly cakes ready in 40 mins, so they’re quick to make as well as easy. This simple butterfly cake recipe is also a bake sale favourite, because they're so simple to make. 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 for 100% homemade butterfly cakes - so nobody can accuse you of copping out!(449 ratings)
Red velvet cupcakes are a classic treat. This easy red velvet cupcakes recipe is simple but so pretty and so simple to make. These popular red velvet cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery have deep red sponge and a tangy cream cheese frosting, which go so well together. Use the exact quantities and mix the ingredients well so the sponge has an even colour and texture. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes in one batch, but it's easy to scale up if you need to make more. For the cream cheese frosting, you'll only need three ingredients, so you know the topping is also quite simple to whip up. The best part about this red velvet recipe is that these cupcakes are ready in just 25 mins, so you won't have to wait long to enjoy them - perfect if you have eager children who can't wait to have a bite! These distinctive cupcakes are perfect for special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries or any other celebrations. How about rustling up a batch as a foodie gift? Or what about dessert at a kids' party, or arrange them into cupcake tower instead of a birthday cake? Of course you can also whip up these delicious red velvet cupcakes on a lazy Sunday afternoon and enjoy them with a cuppa. This classic recipe by Hummingbird Bakery is one of our favourites and makes delicious red velvet cupcakes every time.(757 ratings)
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This dainty beetroot cake is perfect for any pink fanatics you know. Vegetable bakes are increasingly popular and if you like carrot or courgette cake we are sure you’ll love our beetroot cake. We’ve mixed in roasted chopped hazelnuts for some added texture and decorated the beetroot cake using a cream cheese frosting and freeze-dried raspberries.
The angel food cake sponge is almost magical - just watch it disappear at parties! By trapping lots of air bubbles in the egg whites this recipe makes a feather-light sponge. Be careful to fold in the dry ingredients rather than mixing or whisking them so that you keep the batter as fluffy as possible. This angel food cake is great with a cup of tea or with a spoonful of whipped cream or yogurt for dessert. We’ve decorated it with fresh cherries and blueberries but you could also use raspberries, strawberries and even blackberries. Dusted the angel food cake with icing sugar for a pretty, understated finish.(98 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!(663 ratings)
This classic chocolate cupcake recipe is easy to follow and makes perfectly delicious chocolate cupcakes every time. This recipe not only shows you how to make soft, chocolate sponge cakes, it also shows you how to make a rich chocolate buttercream to pipe on top. This is the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe and regularly voted into the top cake recipes on GoodtoKnow. You can learn how to make perfect chocolate buttercream and rich chocolate sponges with this easy chocolate cupcake recipe. This recipe makes 12 delicious cupcakes and takes 50 mins to prepare and bake. Tried, tested and guaranteed by you! Decorate with chocolate curls, sprinkles or your favourite sweets before serving. These cupcakes are great for sharing, and would be perfect for kids parties or family gatherings. Yum!(513 ratings)
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!(914 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.(1182 ratings)
Mary Berry's chocolate cake is a timeless treat. This easy 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...(4323 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.(189 ratings)
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)