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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 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 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!(581 ratings)
Coffee cake has a rich coffee flavour and this easy recipe makes a 20cm cake that's layered with coffee-infused frosting and dusted with cocoa powder. Triple tested in the Woman’s Weekly kitchen, this seriously good cake is has that rich, coffee flavour along with a coffee-infused buttercream, which comes from handy coffee essence. Serving up to 12 people, this cake is ready in 45 mins - with just a 15 mins prep time. The filling and topping are both made using coffee essence, which you can buy in most supermarkets in the baking aisle. On a low oven temperature, this cake cooks to slowly and perfectly inside and out. Dust this coffee cake with cocoa powder as a lovely complement to the coffee flavour and aroma. It's all so surprisingly simple for such a impressive cake.(195 ratings)
Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich recipe makes a classic cake from The Great British Bake Off judge. It's 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!(948 ratings)
Banana bread that comes out perfectly every time. You'll never need another banana bread recipe as the whole family will love this one - and it's SO easy! This banana bread recipe is the perfect way to make the most of the bananas that have started to go brown in the fruit bowl. You can either just slice this banana bread up and eat it as it is, or it's just as nice toasted with a little butter on it. Over-ripe bananas are often thrown away, but this classic recipe is the best way to use them up and you'll never want to throw them away ever again! Ripe bananas give the loaf a lovely moist texture with a rich 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.(165 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, swap 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.(210 ratings)
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Cream cheese frosting is essential when making mouthwatering cupcakes and we have the perfect recipe for it, thanks to the famous Hummingbird Bakery. Top your cakes or cupcakes with this delicious and easy cream cheese frosting recipe, and we bet everyone will ask for seconds! The best part of this simple cream cheese frosting is that you only need three ingredients – icing sugar, butter and cream cheese. This cream cheese icing recipe can be made in a matter of minutes, so it’s a quick and easy to finish off your cupcakes in the most delicious way possible. This recipe tops 12 regular sized cupcakes but you also used it to top one regular sized cake (20cm round). The sweetness of the icing sugar and softness of the cream cheese balance each other out to make a smooth, sweet and tasty cream cheese frosting. This frosting would be perfect spooned or piped on top of carrot cake or red velvet cake. If you'd like to pipe this icing onto cupcakes or a cake, we'd recommend using a large nozzle. If you have any cream cheese frosting leftover, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. We'd recommend giving it a quick whisk or stir before adding to your cupcakes for best results. Time to get baking!(159 ratings)
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.(441 ratings)
Healthy banana bread is always a great bake when you want a treat for breakfast that's still good for you, or even if you want a mid morning snack with a cuppa. This healthy banana bread recipe is vegan too, as well as gluten free, so you can have it if you follow a vegan diet as well, just make sure the chocolate you use is vegan. To make this healthy banana bread, you'll need about 10 mins to prepare and then all you have to do is pop in the oven and let it cook for 50 mins, or until this gluten free banana bread is cooked through and golden on top. This healthy banana bread recipes makes one medium loaf, which will serve about six people. If you need to feed more people, you can double the quantities but make sure you have a big loaf tin to make this gluten free banana bread. Madeleine explains why she loves this vegan banana bread recipe: 'We all love banana loaf but I’ve taken this up a notch by adding peanut butter. Oh yes, bananas are a great source of energy, but did you know they can also help you to sleep? Whenever I want a really good night’s sleep I’ll munch on this loaf because bananas contain trytophan, an amino acid that helps the body to produce serotonin. It calms and relaxes you, which is essential for glowing skin!' So if you're looking for a delicious gluten free banana bread, you'll need to try Madeleine Shaw's recipes...(1 ratings)
Beetroot brownies are rich and gooey, with an added earthy flavour and an extra moist texture thanks to the beetroot. The subtle flavour of beetroot is not overpowering, but enhances the deep chocolate flavour, making for an indulgent tasting treat. Friends and family will be surprised when they discover the secret ingredient behind this brilliant brownie recipe. Beetroot brownies may not be a healthy snack, but the addition of beetroot makes the brownies soft and fudgey without adding any extra unwanted fat or calories. Beetroot is also a great source of antioxidants, apparently helping to keep you looking young and is said to help fight off cancer. A great excuse to eat more chocolate if you ask us! The naturally deep red colour of these beetroot brownies makes for a beautiful and eye catching bake, with an irresistible flavour that will keep you going back for more. Give these beetroot brownies a go for a twist on the much loved chocolate tray bake.(2 ratings)
A carrot cake is so easy to make and it's a classic - one that everyone loves! You can make this delicious carrot cake recipe from scratch with our simple instructions. This recipe for carrot cake makes a loaf cake with a rich sponge, topped with delicious cream cheese icing. This easy carrot cake recipe is really easy to make in your own kitchen so you can forget about shop-bought cakes. If you're wondering how to make carrot cake, our simple carrot cake recipe comes with a handy step-by-step video showing you how to make carrot cake, which has been triple-tested by Woman's Weekly - so you know it will come out perfectly every time. Carrot cake is a great recipe for using up leftover carrots from your weekly food shop. This recipe is made with sunflower oil meaning the sponge is much lighter and is bejewelled with raisins too. And don't forget about the carrot cake icing! Topped with a simple cream cheese icing, this carrot cake is the perfect base for a birthday cake or even split into 12 for cupcakes. This recipe serves 8 people so it’s enough to feed the family if you’re having people round for a cuppa, or even for a small birthday party, because who doesn’t love a slice of carrot cake? This simple carrot cake recipe will take 1hr and 10 mins to make. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(316 ratings)
Candice Brown's orange and hibiscus madeleines make seriously pretty bakes that are perfect for parties and family gatherings. This French delicacy will make everyone's day - they could even work as part of a special breakfast on a lazy Sunday. This madeleines recipe makes 32 cakes, so plenty to feed a small crowd of friends and family - and if you need more, it's easy to double up the quantities. There's a lot of prep work but nothing too difficult - you can even get the kids to help you. You'll need around an hour to make them. Candice Brown says: 'I love France, everything and anything French, and j’adore Paris! I first tried madeleines on a school trip to France and loved the simplicity of them along with a bowl of hot chocolate. Now when I make them, they are barely out of the oven before I’m shovelling one into my mouth! Orange adds a lovely citrus taste and the hibiscus almost a berry/rose-like touch. Hibiscus is great in tea too!'
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!(852 ratings)
Try Mary Berry's chocolate cake recipe for a delicious and moist chocolate sponge cake with creamy chocolate icing. This easy chocolate cake recipe is simple and easy-to-follow, serving 6 people and taking only 50 mins to prepare and bake. Mary Berry's chocolate cake is perfect served with a drizzle of fresh cream for an indulgent dessert or afternoon snack with a cuppa. Store in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. If you have any of this moist chocolate cake recipe 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 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 will lose its shine.(3675 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! Sprinkle 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.(490 ratings)
Lorraine Pascale describes her carrot cake recipe as a 'no-holds-barred cake with three moist spiced layers of pure excess'. We're sold! This large carrot cake is perfect for a celebration as it looks the part and will also feed a crowd. The carrot cake itself is surprisingly easy to make, with plenty of grated carrot and warm spices - plus it's nut free if you simply leave out the nuts as an optional decoration. The sponges are layered up with a gorgeous cream cheese frosting that will really set this carrot cake apart as something special. Adding lemon zest to the mixture really peps it up. Decorate with toasted nuts, or top with edible flowers for a pretty finish that will wow.(121 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 Mary Berry lemon drizzle 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 drizzle icing, made with a simple sugar and lemon mixture. We love this lemon cake recipe for a lazy Sunday afternoon with a warm cuppa or even as a treat during the week for afternoon tea. This recipe for lemon drizzle cake will take approximately 55 mins to prepare and bake, so you don’t even have to spend that much time in the kitchen to make this easy lemon drizzle cake. This lemon cake recipe serves up to 6 people, so it’s perfect if you’re having a small group of friends over. This lemon drizzle cake is so good that we doubt you’ll leftovers. But if you do, you can store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days and enjoy it later.(3696 ratings)
Our blueberry muffins recipe couldn't be easier to make with this super simple recipe that makes perfect muffins every time and ready in only 5 steps. A real favourite with both grown-ups and kids, these easy blueberry muffins are tasty, ready in a few simple steps and so moreish you'll have to keep making new batches! This recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins and will take around 45 mins to prepare and cook them. This classic recipe is perfect for beginners or if you're trying to teach the kids 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 5 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… Blueberry muffins that are ready in 5 steps - perfect!(565 ratings)