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Baking a cake has never been easier thanks to our collection of simple cake recipes. We've got lots of delicious and easy cake recipes for you to choose from so if you're looking for simple cake recipe, you've come to the right place. From classics like Victoria sponge to birthday cakes you can easily make at home.
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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This spiced spiced pumpkin Halloween cake from Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is such a treat for kids, either for a Halloween party or a birthday party. You might find it a bit strange adding pumpkin or butternut squash to a cake, but it's no different to adding carrots to a carrot cake (and after all, who doesn't love carrot cake?). Pumpkin has a natural sweetness to it and it adds moisture to the sponge , making it light, fluffy and so moreish! This cake has a few steps to it, but trust us, it's actually really easy to make and the most fun bit is the decorating at the end. You can even get the kids involved to make the Oreo spiders and arrange them over the cake. This is a really fun project that's perfect for a special occasion and as it serves 20, it's great for a birthday or a party, if you're hosting!
Learn how to make red velvet cake with our classic red velvet cake recipe from Rachel Allen. A rich red sponge topped with a cool white frosting is an impressive cake choice for any occasion. This easy 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.(68 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.(7 ratings)
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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 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 icing, made with a simple sugar and lemon mixture. This delicious lemon drizzle cake will take approximately 55 mins to prepare and bake and serves up to 6 people. Store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(2895 ratings)
Our classic apple cake recipe is ideal for sharing and perfect as an afternoon treat. It combines tangy and sweet cooking apples with a light cinnamon infused and raisin packed sponge. This cake can serve up to 12 people and takes 50 mins to cook in a medium heat oven. If the sponge starts to brown too quickly on top cover with baking parchment and continue to cook until done. Dust with icing sugar to serve for an impressive and simple finish. A portion of this delicious, fruity cake works out at only 265 calories per serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container or cake tin in a cool, dry place in your kitchen. It will last up to 2 days.(111 ratings)
Lorraine Pascale's upside-down cake recipe is made with mouth-watering caramelised pineapple, rum and vanilla. It's a delicious upside cake that's easy to make. Made for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity: The Big Hour Cake Sale Lorraine Pascale's caramelised pineapple, rum and vanilla upside-down cake is full of flavour and perfect if you're in the mood for taking your baking skills to the next level - delicious. This bake serves 6-8 people and will take around 1hr to prepare and cook. It's well worth the wait! This impressive upside down cake is much easier to make than it may look - plus its tastes delicious too. Perfect with a cup of tea or with ice cream served for dessert - the choice is yours!(34 ratings)
This hearty banana cake recipe is a delicious way to use up any leftover ripe bananas you might have lying around. The dense sponge is sprinkled with walnuts and topped with a rich chocolate buttercream to complement the banana flavours. To make this banana cake recipe, you need to make sure the bananas you use are very ripe and brown. This will pack your sponge full of sweet flavour and make your cake extra moist and soft. If you're not a fan of chocolate buttercream swap for vanilla instead or you could even drizzle your cake in a light icing sugar and water mix to give it a simple glaze. This recipe serves 12 people and only takes 1hr and 15 mins to make. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(190 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. Once you've mastered this simple recipe you could try swapping the blueberries for other berries instead like raspberries, strawberries or blackberries. Blueberry muffins that are ready in 5 steps - perfect!(528 ratings)
Our easy chocolate Swiss roll recipe is a classic! A Swiss roll is a very impressive cake and looks quite difficult to make which is why people often shy away from baking them. A homemade Swiss roll is so much nicer than shop bought and they are much easier to make than you might think. This chocolate Swiss roll has an unusual mint buttercream filling which is full of flavour. The mint and chocolate work extremely well together. This cake could be served as a delicious dessert recipe topped with lashings of cream. This recipes takes 50 mins to make and bake and serves 4 people. This chocolate Swiss roll recipe is perfect if you want to bake something a little different, it's great for sharing with a cuppa or can be smothered in custard or served with ice cream for dessert.(123 ratings)
This incredible cake is great for summer tea parties, birthday bashes or just when you fancy something delicious - the sponge layers are filled with rosewater and raspberry cream and topped with glace icing.(31 ratings)
Try Mary Berry's chocolate cake recipe for a delicious and moist chocolate sponge cake with creamy chocolate icing. This 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. Store in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. If you have any cake 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 recipe is part of Mary Berry's three cakes in one recipe, taken from Mary Berry's Stress-free Kitchen.(2516 ratings)
This basic cupcake recipe will give you perfect cupcakes every time, and you can decorate them however you like! These plain cupcakes can be decorated with our perfect cupcake buttercream to create beautiful cupcakes for any occasion. This is goodtoknow's most popular cupcake recipe. This basic cupcake recipe makes a batch of 24 cupcakes. 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.(758 ratings)
Halloween pumpkin cake is a delicious treat! It's everyone's favourite - carrot cake - with lovely little fondant pumpkins. Make it for a Halloween party or as part of a bigger buffet with lots of other spooky treats and all the kids will love it! You could also make some witches hats or ghosts if you buy different coloured fondants and arrange them round this delicious cake. If you wanted to make it more spooky, why not add a tiny bit of green food colouring to the buttercream for an even more ghoulish edge?
Coke floats are an old-fashioned treat that combines the fizzy drink with a dollop of ice cream. The flavours of this drink can be easily transferred to the wonderful mixture of a cupcake. These coke float cupcakes, from goodtoknow's cupcake queen Victoria Threader, show you how's it done. A sticky, sweet cola syrup flavours the sponges and the naughty ice cream topping with a cherry on top finishes it off nicely. The cakes will keep for about 3 days, so only add the ice cream just before you serve them so it doesn't melt. You could also experiment with other fizzy drinks such as lemonade or Dr Pepper for different tastes and you can change the flavour of the ice cream too – strawberry or chocolate would work just as well.(305 ratings)
This super rich chocolate cake is just like the cake in Roald Dahl's Matilda and we think it's just perfect for a birthday! Layers of soft sponge are sandwiched together by creamy chocolate frosting, and the cake is topped with our favourite chocolates. Crunchie bars and Maltesers sit crumbled on top and you just don't get much more indulgent than that! The best bit, though, is that there's popping candy in every layer - what a treat! This cake only takes an hour and a half to make, including prep and baking time which makes it a pretty speedy bake for an indulgent chocolate cake, so you can make it even if you're not the most confident of bakers! Get the kids to help you add the chocolate to decorate at the end.
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!(136 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 cake in an airtight container for up to 2 days. This recipe would work just as well with other citrus fruits instead. Try orange or lime.(330 ratings)