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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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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 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.(3385 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.(403 ratings)
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 really makes the most of them and you'll never want to throw them away ever again! Ripe bananas give the dense loaf a lovely moist texture with a subtle hint of 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.(158 ratings)
This basic cupcake recipe will show you how to make cupcakes from scratch that come out perfect everytime, and you can decorate them however you like! These easy and simple 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 can follow along. 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 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!(814 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!(549 ratings)
This triple layered Simnel cake has a modern and colourful twist with pink raspberry layer and white chocolate frosting to make an impressive Easter cake. Upgrade your Easter baking with this beautiful and colourful cake - we bet all your guests will be impressed with your baking skills! As well as baking the cakes, you will also have to make the frosting, but don't worry - it's a lot easier than it looks. To make the white chocolate frosting, you will only need four ingredients - egg whites, caster sugar, unsalted butter, and Belgian white chocolate. For the fillings, you can use any chocolate spread and raspberry jam you have in your cupboard. This special Simnel cake is beautifully decorated with 12 white chocolate truffles to signify Jesus’ 12 disciples, and sprinkle pink stardust. This cake is ideal for serving a lot of people and would make the ideal showstopper on Easter Sunday.
This hidden Easter bunny loaf is such a lovely little treat at Easter time - kids and grown-ups will be really surprised by the chocolate bunny hiding in the loaf cake. It's the perfect cake to put a smile on someone's face, especially if you're having guests round over the Easter period, it'll really impress friends and family. You'll be surprised just how easy it is to make and although there's a bit of waiting involved, whilst your cake is baking, you can sit back with a cup of tea and relax!(7 ratings)
Creme Egg cake made with a rich chocolate sponge and plenty of Creme Eggs is the only cake you need to make for Easter, whether for afternoon tea or Easter dessert. Whether you're a Creme Egg lover or just a sweet tooth in general, this will be the cake of your dreams. Creme eggs make great ingredients for cakes because they're so sweet, so you know you'll end up with a sweet Easter treat! To make this impressive cake, you'll just under an hour plus time to let it cool, but the wait will be so worth it when your friends and family fall head over heels for this delicious Easter bake. This Creme Egg cake serves eight to twelve 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...(60 ratings)
These lower calorie red velvet cupcake are the perfect way to treat yourself if you’re on a diet or simply trying to watch to watch your weight. Red velvet cupcakes are a really delicious treat but if you’re trying to shed a few pounds, you may not want to ruin your diet by having them. These easy-to-make, lower-calorie red velvet cupcakes work out at only 218 calories per cupcake, so they’re a very acceptable treat to have as an afternoon snack or even as a pudding after dinner. They're perfect as a guilt-free sweet treat. This recipe makes 6 cupcakes, but you can easily double up the ingredient quantities if you want to make more. This lower calorie red velvet cupcake recipe will take only 40 mins to prepare, bake and decorate. The low-fat spread and low-calorie sweetener granules in this recipe certainly help to cut a few corners. The rich, deep red colour in these cupcakes are achieved by dark chocolate cocoa powder and red food colouring. We'd recommend using red food colouring gel for the richest colour. Store these cupcakes in an airtight container or cake tin on the kitchen side for up to 2 days.(9 ratings)
Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich recipe is a classic from The Great British Bake Off judge. Learn how to make her sponge with this easy all-in-one method. Her large all-in-one 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 we'd recommend using freshly whipped cream alongside the 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!(902 ratings)
This easy Victoria sponge is a classic Victoria sponge cake recipe to master. The soft vanilla-infused sponge sandwiched together with a light buttercream and jam filling is a favourite for parties, birthdays and afternoon tea. This Victoria sponge recipe is especially delicious when paired with a warm cuppa – yum! This classic recipe for sponge cake shows you how easy it is to make a Victoria sponge at home - once you've mastered this recipe, the baking world is your oyster! This mouth-watering Victoria sponge takes 30 mins to make, so you can have a delicious sponge cake ready in no time. This Victoria sponge recipe serves 8 people, so you know you’ll have enough slices if you’ve got family or friends coming round to your house. This recipe is the perfect recipe for those who have never baked before and are looking for an easy beginners Victoria sponge recipe. If you have any leftovers of this delicious sponge cake with a simple jam filling store in an airtight container on the kitchen side or in a cake tin. If you fill your sponge with fresh cream, then remember to store in an airtight container in the fridge, so the cream doesn’t go off.(326 ratings)
Chocolate mug cakes couldn't be easier to make, and are perfect if you fancy a little treat 'from me to me', as they're just the right quantity for one person. Using your microwave you can whip one of these up in just five minutes from things you most likely already have in your cupboard. All you'll need is some baking essentials like sugar and flour, an egg and some cocoa powder as well as a few extras to decorate if you fancy taking things to the next level. For a fun Easter twist we've plumped for Mini Eggs to stir through the mixture, but you could use anything you have to hand. Crushed up Flakes would be delicious, as would Smarties. You can enjoy these mini chocolate mug cakes just as they are, or you can treat yourself to an even more indulgent dessert by topping them with whipped cream or ice cream once they're ready. They'll be nice and warm so expect things to melt and mix together. If you're feeling generous you could make these for friends or family by making everyone an individual mug cake. We think these chocolate mug cakes are a fun project to do with kids, so they can add their own favourite treats to the mixture and pick their own mug.(5 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.(749 ratings)
Simnel cake is a staple of Easter baking and we have a simple and easy guide to help you make a delicious Easter Simnel cake. This recipe for Simnel cake shows you how to make a traditional Simnel cake, taking you step by step - it's so easy, even beginners can have a go! Simnel cake is a rich fruit cake with marzipan stirred into the mixture, and then finished off with even more marzipan - marzipan lovers will go nuts for it! If you're looking for a traditional Easter bake to make for your friends and family, then you should really try our classic Simnel cake recipe. We bet everyone's going to love this lovely Easter bake!(37 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.(481 ratings)
This giant rainbow cupcake is one to try when you want to impress. Unlike other giant cupcakes, this recipe doesn't need a special mould - you simply carve the layers by hand which takes a little time and patience. A whopping 9 layers make up this amazing cake - you could even flavour each layer to match the colour if you want to mix things up. Covered with a homemade buttercream and surrounded by a sprinkling of skittles - watch the kids’ faces light up with delight when they see this amazing cake.(29 ratings)
This tea loaf recipe combines Rooibos tea bags, mixed dried fruit and sweet brown sugar together to make a delicious cake that is complete with a generous helping of butter - the perfect afternoon treat. This recipe serves 10-12 people and will take around 1hr and 15 mins to make and bake. This classic recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 3 days. A portion of this loaf cake works out at only 225 calories per serving and only 1g of fat per serving making it a low-fat option when it comes to an afternoon treat. All the flavour, with none of the guilt!(161 ratings)
This chocolate fingers cake is much easier to make than you may think and with our simple step-by-step picture recipe you'll have this tasty treat made in no time...(244 ratings)