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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 simple cake recipe, you've come to the right place. From classics like Victoria sponge to birthday cakes you can easily make at home. 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...
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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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. Mary Berry's chocolate cake will keep for 3 days in the fridge, but the icing will lose its shine.(2828 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.(370 ratings)
This Nutella chocolate cake recipe is a favourite! If you’re a massive Nutella fan you’re going to love this recipe. A rich chocolate sponge cake made with Nutella and topped with, you guessed it, more Nutella! This delicious, gooey chocolate cake is perfect served alongside vanilla ice or a dollop of fresh cream - serve for dessert or as an afternoon treat with a cuppa. The trick is to make sure the cake is not completely cooled when spreading the Nutella on top – the slight warmness to the cake will make the Nutella melt and make it much easier to spread evenly. This delicious cake serves 6-8 people and will take around 45 mins to make and bake. Store this cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(295 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.(1043 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. 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.(458 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.(153 ratings)
This easy gluten-free Victoria sponge recipe is a real winner. Going gluten-free can be tricky, but with recipes like this gluten-free Victoria sponge, you needn't miss out on your favourites. This light and airy sponge is perfect alongside your afternoon cuppa - we like it filled with raspberry jam, but you can choose whichever flavour you like best. This recipe will take 50 mins to make and serves 8 people. This gluten-free version takes delicious - you won't believe that it's gluten-free! Once you've mastered this gluten favourite you'll want to make it time and time again.(179 ratings)
This simple butterfly buns recipe is a bake sale favourite! 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.(431 ratings)
This classic chocolate sponge cake recipe is so easy to make and just perfect for sharing. Fill this chocolate sponge cake with cream and raspberries, or use our chocolate icing recipe for a really rich sponge cake. This delicious chocolate sponge cake will take around 1hr to prepare and make. Decorate with a quick, rich chocolate buttercream and top with heaps of fresh berries like raspberries or strawberries. You could also fill this cake with fresh cream to make it extra special and perfect for dessert. This cake serves around 8 people. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. If using fresh cream make sure you pop your cake in the fridge as soon as so the cream doesn't have time to warm up and melt.(361 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. This dense 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 and will last up to 3 days in an airtight container or Tupperware. Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich cake is part of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible book. Once you've perfected this classic you can try other fillings or flavours in your sponge as well as experimenting with decoration too.(859 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!(538 ratings)
This easy Victoria sponge is a classic baking 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 classic recipe 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 and bake and serves 8 people. This recipe is the perfect recipe for those who have never baked before and are looking for an easy beginners recipe. If you fill your sponge with fresh cream, store in an airtight container in the fridge, if you opt for a simple jam filling store in an airtight container on the kitchen side or in a cake tin.(321 ratings)
This easy red velvet cupcakes recipe is simple but so pretty. 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 in just 25 mins, but it's easy to scale up if you need to make more. These distinctive cupcakes are perfect for special occasions. 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? This classic recipe by Hummingbird Bakery is one of our favourites and makes delicious red velvet cupcakes every time.(742 ratings)
Top your cakes or cupcakes with this delicious and easy cream cheese frosting recipe. This simple recipe is from the famous Hummingbird Bakery. Using only three ingredients, you can make this delicious in a matter of minutes. This recipe tops 12 regular sized cupcakes or 1 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.(140 ratings)
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These easy to make, lower-calorie red velvet cupcakes work out at only 218 calories per cupcake. They're perfect as a guilt-free sweet treat. This recipe makes 6 cupcakes and will take only 40 mins to prepare, bake and decorate these tasty cakes. 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.(8 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.(789 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.(192 ratings)