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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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Our easy carrot cake recipe is so simple to make. This recipe makes loaf cake with a rich sponge, topped with delicious cream cheese frosting. This rich carrot cake is easy to make in your own kitchen and is a real classic. Our simple recipe, which comes with a step-by-step video, 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. Topped with a simple cream cheese frosting, this carrot cake is the perfect base for a birthday cake or even split into 12 for cupcakes. This recipe serves 8 people and will take 1hr and 10 mins to make. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.(284 ratings)
Our Weetabix cake recipe is a great bake for the whole family. This cake is a healthier option than your usual cake recipe thanks to the genius addition of Weetabix to the mix. The fibre-rich cereal is balanced out with a mixture of fruit including banana, which reduces the amount of sugar you need to use. This recipe, from our mummy blogger Anneliese, shows you how to make it with your children. This recipe makes 1 delicious loaf cake which will serve around 4-6 people, depending on how thick you cut the slices! It will take 2hrs in total to make which includes prep and measuring ingredients, baking the loaf and leaving it to cool completely before serving. This cake is just delicious served with a warm cuppa. The whole family will love tucking into this tasty, mid-week loaf. It's a great way for using up leftover bananas too.(97 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.(112 ratings)
If you're fan of Reese's Pieces you're going to love this showstopping, jaw-dropping cake made with a rich chocolate sponge, peanut butter buttercream and glazed with a luxurious chocolate ganache.(48 ratings)
Lorraine Pascale's chocolate, Guinness and blackcurrant cake will be the talk of the party. With 4 delicious tiers, this cake is sure to impress your friends and family. Perfect for a special occasion, this cake is packed full of Guinness which makes the sponge extra moist and spongey. Topped with fresh blackberries and sandwiched together with a light cream cheese filling, Lorraine has done it again with this impressive, mouth-watering masterpiece!(25 ratings)
This delicious, no-bake chocolate torte recipe has a hint of saltiness to bring out it's rich flavours. Quick and easy, it makes a great dessert to serve to guests! The rich chocolate flavour works wonders with the sharp, salted caramel - it's a match made in heaven! This torte serves 8-12 people and will take around 1hr to prepare and make. Serve this tasty torte with a drizzle of cream, scoop of ice cream or with a dollop more of caramel. It's a real treat for dessert! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.(34 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.(418 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.(178 ratings)
This lemon Madeira cake recipe is so simple with just a few ingredients. Serve with a cuppa - and relax. Madeira cake is the perfect afternoon mood-lifter. This classic Madeira cake will take around 1hr and 15 mins to prepare and bake. It's a real family favourite that you'll want to make time and time again. This recipe serves 6-8 people. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or cake tin and are best eaten within 3 days of baking. This cake is just perfect served with a cuppa as an afternoon treat or if you want to serve with for dessert we'd recommend serving it warm with ice cream or with homemade custard.(141 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!(497 ratings)
This easy Maltesers chocolate cake recipe is perfect for special occasions. It's also easy and quick - only an hour from start to finish, including cooling time making it an ideal bake for when time is tight or you might just have forgotten about someone's big day. This cake's smooth and rich cream cheese frosting makes it taste extra special and the crunchy malteser finish adds flavour, texture and that added wow factor too, yum! This recipe serves 12 people and will take around 1hr and 10 mins to make and bake. This cake can be stored in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 2 days. There's no need to keep this cake in the fridge - storing in the fridge will dry the cake out.(164 ratings)
This lemon tart recipe, or 'tarte au citron', is the perfect melt-in-the-mouth dessert for sharing with friends and family. Lemon tart recipe is traditionally French and made with a crumbly shortcrust pastry that contracts against the sharp lemon flavours. By using the rind of the lemons you will get the fullest citrus flavours! We recommend not making the dish too far in advance, it tastes best served just after cooking and doesn't keep for too long even in the fridge. This delicious lemon tart recipe serves 8-10 people and takes around 1hr and 25 mins to make and bake.(87 ratings)
This lemon buttercream recipe gives your cakes a real zingy finish. Use this icing from the Primrose Bakery on lemon cupcakes or to ice the middle and top of a lemon cake. This lemon buttercream will top around 12 cupcakes or 1 regular cake. It's so simple to make and takes around 10 mins in total. If you have any leftover store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Stir thoroughly before popping back into a piping bag or smoothing onto your cupcakes. Leftover buttercream can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. Make sure you beat thoroughly before using to pipe and decorate cupcakes again. Like most buttercream recipes, it's best served fresh. It's so easy to make this lemon buttercream, once you've mastered this recipe you'll be making it over and over again. It's the perfect alternative to classic buttercream.(59 ratings)
Want to make your very own rainbow cake? This rainbow cake recipe is easy to follow and is great for those special occasions. It's an impressive cake recipe. What birthday girl or boy wouldnít be delighted with this brightly coloured rainbow cake, imagine their surprise when they cut into it. Itís 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, youíll probably need to bake the sponges in batches, if you donít have 5 tins, but this is not a problem as the cakes donít take long to cook. Once baked you can freeze the sponges until you are ready to assemble and decorate.(144 ratings)
Our easy chocolate fudge cake recipe is a classic you'll love. Forget counting calories and give yourself a treat with this sweet, gooey chocolate fudge cake recipe. The deliciously indulgent dark chocolate and golden syrup sauce makes this cake taste heavenly and will keep it moist for up 3 days if stored properly in an airtight container. A soft rich chocolate sponge with a thick, dark chocolate icing makes this cake irresistible. This cake takes 20 mins to prepare and will serve up to 10 people. Itís the perfect chocolate fudge cake recipe thatís ideal as a birthday cake Ė you could top it with Maltesers or chocolate fingers to make it extra special.(308 ratings)
This lemon curd cake recipe with lemon curd buttercream is light, sweet and citrusy and only takes 35 mins to bake. With a sweet syrup glaze and a creamy lemon buttercream topping, this cake is delicious. The buttercream frosting combines butter, icing sugar and lemon curd for a light and fluffy coating. The sponge is soft and moist, even more so with the syrup and is full of grated lemon zest which gives it a natural lemon flavour throughout. Decorate with drizzles of lemon curd and itís ready to be enjoyed.(447 ratings)
This chocolate eclairs recipe from Woman's Weekly is a classic. They're easy to make at home, filled with cream and topped with dark chocolate - delicious! Wow your dinner party guests with gorgeous, gooey ťclairs made with homemade choux pastry. This recipe makes 12-15 eclairs and will take around 40 mins to bake. One of these delicious eclairs works out at only 247 calories per serving making them a light option for dessert! For leftovers, wrap the unfilled choux fingers in a freezer bag, seal, and freeze for up to 3 months. Refresh them in a hot oven to crisp them up after defrosting, and then leave them to cool before filling.(38 ratings)
Our easy chocolate buttercream icing recipe from Primrose Bakery is the best. Top your cakes or cupcakes than with a rich and creamy chocolate buttercream. This classic recipe tops 16 regular sized cupcakes and makes a dense, rich chocolate buttercream that is bursting with chocolate flavour. It will take only 10 mins to rustle up this icing. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge but will need to be brought back to room temperature and mixed well before piping again. It only takes 5 ingredients to make this professional buttercream. If your family loves chocolate there is no better way to top your cakes or cupcakes than with chocolate buttercream!(21 ratings)