Cake recipes to impress, including the ultimate chocolate fudge cake, classic Victoria sponge cake, a banana cake recipe and Mary Berry's orange layer cake
Cake recipes to impress, including the ultimate chocolate fudge cake, classic Victoria sponge cake, a banana cake recipe and Mary Berry’s orange layer cake. Whether you prefer something sweeter, fruity, chocolatey, or lighter, we all have our weakness when it comes to cake. There’s also always a reason to have cake, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, got a charity bake sale or you’re expecting guests for a coffee.
This light-as-air lemon chiffon cake is the perfect cake for spring.
Baking a beautiful cake doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. The baking itself should be simple enough and if you’re looking for something more elaborate and show-stopping, you can take some time on the decorating to make them look the part.
You’ll find some traditional cake recipes in our collection, as well as some less common flavours and ingredients including parsnips and courgettes, which help reduce the quantity of fat needed in the cake – often replacing butter. Yes, we know it’s a little unusual but trust us… You can either play it safe or try something totally new, but whatever your preference, all our cake recipes are easy to make and won’t keep you in the kitchen too long. From show-stoppers to simple loaf cakes, we’ve got them all, so take your pick depending on the occasion and make a delicious cake that will impress everyone.
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One slice of this moist, rich banana bread cake with butterscotch icing recipe will have you running back for more!
Make apple and blackberry cake recipe with this easy all-in-one recipe made with seasonal fruit (and just perfect with a dollop of cream).
This light and zesty carrot cake with orange cream frosting is one of our favourite recipes, and one of our most popular on the site.
Rich and delicious, this chocolate fudge cake is one of our most popular recipes. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.
See the chocolate fudge cake recipe.
Pre-soaking gives you fruit that is plump, juicy and bursting with flavour for this delicious traditional cup of tea fruit loaf recipe.
This courgette and lime cake recipe may sound strange but it’s delicious!
Try this light and springy madeira cake recipe for a classic cake that can be made with mainly storecupboard ingredients.
This incredibly glamorous Sex and the City-inspired apple walnut cake with caramel cream cheese frosting recipe yields a creamy, hugely rich apple and walnut cake. You won’t be able to resist a second slice!
Zesty and light, this orange cake recipe from the queen of baking Mary Berry herself is delicious at any time of the day!
This is a real show stopper, with chocolate and hazelnut layers wrapped in Swiss meringue buttercream icing and dripping in caramel. This stunning chocolate hazelnut salted caramel cake is worth the effort.
Coffee and walnut cake recipe is a traditional British favourite. Treat your taste buds with this recipe and your sugar lust will be well and truly satisfied.
An American classic for a reason, this flashy cake tastes as good as it looks – try our red velvet cake recipe for yourself!
This dark chocolate and almond torte recipe is delicious served with crème fraîche, vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Tumble a few raspberries on top if you’re making this when they’re in season for a simple but beautiful effect.
This ginger cake recipe is so moist and spicy, no-one will believe that it’s dairy-free. If you can lock it away in a cake tin for a day or two, it will taste even better!
Our beautifully moist sour cream cake with lavender recipe keeps for three days in an airtight container – which means more time for you to have another slice!
The addition of parsnip to this nutty orange cake recipe makes for a deliciously moist alternative to carrot cake.
Rich, dark and guaranteed to give just the right sort of punch. This flourless chocolate cake recipe tastes divine just out of the oven, but the creme fraiche and fresh raspberry topping add a grown-up edge.
A nice and simple victoria sponge cake recipe but with a chocolatey twist, why not stir some chopped nuts through the cake mixture for a seriously nutty taste.
We’ve used yogurt instead of butter in this cake recipe to cut down on the saturated fat. The flavour is just as delicious and the almonds give a fabulous texture.
The cornerstone of a traditional British afternoon tea, our Victoria sandwich loaf recipe has all the cream and strawberry jam of the original in a pretty loaf shape.
You’ll be proud to serve our mini cupcakes recipe at a special tea or fundraising event. They also make lovely girly gifts!
Indulge your sinful side by using liqueurs and syrups for flavouring – you can redeem yourself by using natural cream cheese frosting rather than buttercream.
You’ll be the envy of your friends when you serve up this lemon drizzle cake recipe. Light, moist sponge cake, oozing with sticky lemon frosting – we’re feeling hungry just thinking about it!
The flavours of this moist spiced apple sour cream cake recipe will develop on keeping – if you can resist its charms for long enough, that is!
A luscious layer of dulce de leche sets off this decadent caramel cheesecake recipe, and its smooth filling pairs wonderfully with the crunchy ginger nut base. We know you love cheesecakes and this is one of our best!
This salted peanut caramel cupcakes recipe has a thoroughly modern twist, with the salt cutting through the sweetness of the caramel.
Lazy cake bakers rejoice! This delectable strawberry and lemon triple layer cake recipe looks impressive, but is incredibly easy to make. You can even make the sponges weeks in advance and keep them in the freezer.
This incredibly pretty cake is infused with the delicate flavours of the Middle East – our pistachio and rosewater cake recipe will wow your guests.
A new twist on banoffee – and on swiss roll! We predict your family and friends will love this delightful combination in our banoffee swiss roll recipe.
A big, brash American-style show-stopper, this chocolate brownie cake recipe is perfect for both adults and children.
A really beautiful and unusual cake, you’ll be unable to resist a slice of this gorgeous frosted peach and coconut cake recipe.
The ideal cake for small parties when you only need to serve six or eight. This four-layer lemon sorbet tiny cake recipe is paired with zingy frosting. Delicious!
Happiness (with a touch of nostalgia) is the best description of the feeling this sticky ginger and treacle cake with rum and pecan praline recipe produces.
A great way to use up leftover bananas – this boozy banana cake recipe is a guaranteed BBQ hit.
Turn the Italian pud that everyone loves into a teatime treat with our tiramisu cupcakes recipe.
A simple Victoria sponge with a chocolatey twist, our chocolate and hazelnut Victoria sandwich recipe is a real crowd-pleaser.
This almond, polenta and honey cake recipe has hardly any flour in it, giving it a moist, heavy texture and a wonderful sweet flavour.
This is just so pretty! A perfect gift for someone’s birthday, or just because you felt like having some me-time in the kitchen, this lemon and almond cake with amaretto recipe tastes every bit as lovely as it looks.
With a fantastically moist texture and a deep, rich flavour, our chocolate Guinness cake recipe is one you’ll return to time and again. It also makes a great birthday cake for even the most macho men!
With a rich flavour and crumbly texture, you wouldn’t guess this spiced beetroot cake with mascarpone recipe is made with an antioxidant-packed superfood.
A real American show-stopper, this orange and walnut layer cake recipe is perfect for tea with the girls, and the orange’s sharpness stops it being too rich.