- You are here:
Looking for simple cake recipes? You've come to the right place. We've got lots of delicious and easy cake recipes for you to choose from. 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.
Can't find what you're looking for?
Sort recipes by
These easy gluten-free cupcakes are a delicious option if you're on a gluten-free diet. They're so easy to make and taste just like the real deal. Simple to bake, these pretty, gluten-free cupcakes are perfect for kids' parties or to enjoy with a steaming cup of tea. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes and will take around 40 mins to prepare and bake. Top your cupcakes with tasty buttercream and serve immediately. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or cake tin of the kitchen side for up to 3 days - if they last that long!(211 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.(274 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...(230 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.(311 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.(84 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.(705 ratings)
Our carrot cake tray bake is a real winner! This is a really easy tray-bake way of making carrot cake. Putting a marzipan carrot on each little cube makes them look extra-sweet. This recipe serves 15 people and will take around 1hr and 15 mins to make. Once you've perfected this tray bake you'll want to make it time and time again. This delicious cake can be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 2 days.(157 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.(112 ratings)
This easy strawberry cupcakes recipe is a GoodtoKnow favourite. A light strawberry sponge is a great way to transform your cupcakes. Top with a simple vanilla frosting for a classic summertime treat. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes and will take around 45 mins to make and bake. These delicious strawberry cupcakes are not only topped with fresh strawberries but have them in the sponge too making them extra sweet and delicious. Top with buttercream or freshly whipped cream for a simple dessert. These strawberry cupcakes are best eaten and served on the day they're made but if you have any leftover we'd recommend storing in an airtight container somewhere cool.(16 ratings)
Is your cake just not doing what you want it to do? Has it not cooked properly? Is it just that little bit too dry? Well, if your answer to all those questions is yes then you've come to the right place...(46 ratings)
Carrot cake is so simple to make with our easy recipe to make a loaf cake or cupcakes topped with delicious cream cheese frosting. This rich carrot cake is easy to make in your own kitchen. Our easy 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. 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(280 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.(132 ratings)
Make basic cake pops with this simple cake pop recipe from baking queen Molly Bakes. Make your own light vanilla sponge and cream cheese frosting, coat with a simple candy melt topping and the rest is up to you(226 ratings)
This chocolate brownie recipe is delicious, easy and shows you how to make perfect brownies every time. Chocolate brownies are meant to be gooey in the middle and this simple recipe shows you exactly when it's time to take the brownies out of the oven. These brownies are made with delicious dark chocolate and come out perfectly every time. 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 out of that squidy consistency that makes brownies just perfect. This easy recipe for plain brownies is so simple, with just storecupboard ingredients - plus, they are ready in just 30 mins! This recipe makes a batch of 24 brownies.(356 ratings)
These vanilla cupcakes, topped with candy-coloured vanilla frosting and sprinkles, are what the Hummingbird Bakery is best known for. When you make these at home, don’t overcook them – they should be light golden and spring back when touched. This way you will ensure an airy, moist sponge with a subtle vanilla taste. This easy vanilla cupcakes recipe makes 12 cupcakes and will take around 1hr and 5 mins to make, bake and decorate your vanilla cupcakes.(448 ratings)
Learn how to make your own wedding cake with this simple tiered wedding cake recipe, which is easier than it looks(20 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.(717 ratings)
This delicious coconut cake recipe is quick, easy and has a wonderfully light sponge and super-sweet frosting. The coconut cream frosting really adds to the cakes texture and lightness. Just right for a special occasion, this impressive gateau is simply a classic sponge cake flavoured with coconut then layered and smothered in a creamy coconut frosting. The sponge cakes can be made a day in advance but it's best to assemble the cake on the day of serving. This cake takes around 55 mins to make and bake and will serve between 8-10 people, perfect if you've got a big crowd round for tea and cake.(89 ratings)