Baking recipes have never been so popular. Whether you’ve caught the baking bug, triggered by the antics of The Great British Bake Off contestants, or you’re an experienced baker, there’s always something different to try. From lusciously tempting classic favourites including Victoria sponge, chocolate fudge cake, lemon drizzle cake, shortbread, scones, meringues, breads and pies to more contemporary foccacia, muffins, brownies, biscotti, tarts and cupcakes, baking will make your kitchen smell wonderful and give you a feeling of contentment and happiness.
Baking doesn’t have to take a long time, when time is short, muffins, cookies and scones are the quickest bakes to make. They can be mixed, baked and on the table in 40 minutes or less, ready to be devoured in double quick time too. Try pumpkin muffins or banana and oat muffins for a delicious breakfast alternative (no early morning baking required, keep some in the freezer ready to grab and go) or lunch box filler.
If you’re looking for an inspirational, wow-factor, bake to show off your kitchen talents, an impressive chocolate, hazelnut and salted caramel cake, passion fruit and mango meringue roulade, or a pyramid of candy coloured macaroons will have everyone swooning.
Special diet baking has never been easier, or more delicious, with a wealth of baking recipes to cater for allergies and intolerances. Gluten and wheat-free flours are widely available in supermarkets together with dairy-free spreads. For a quick and easy loaf, gluten-free olive and rosemary bread is bursting with Mediterranean flavours and stands up to any traditional loaf. Joanne Harris’ flourless chocolate cake makes an elegant dessert piled with fresh berries and special diet food blogger Deliciously Ella’s gluten and dairy-free sweet potato brownies are amazing.
The choice of baking recipes is enormous, the only dilemma is which to try first!
Maybe you want to bake delicious cupcakes and cookies for an afternoon treat? Or perhaps you're looking for the perfect dessert for a dinner party. Whatever the occasion, click through our best baking recipes for a recipe you'll love.
But first, we adore this twist on a classic. This orange and poppy seed victoria sponge recipe is a fresh variation on a traditional Victoria sponge using marmalade.
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Delicious Baking recipes
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Squidgy and nutty, gluten free white chocolate and raspberry blondies are great as a dessert or just with coffee
This naked cake has wow factor with layers of cream and strawberries, perfect as a naked wedding cake or for a big birthday or anniversary
Chocolate macadamia brownies are the easiest and most delicious brownies, which are delicious served warm with ice cream
Chocolate cake layered with passion fruit cream and lime ganache gives this show-stopper a modern flavour twist
Spelt soda bread is so quick and easy to make, that it's ready in under an hour
Packed with energy-giving dried fruit and a kick of ginger, these dried fruit bars are so tasty. Perfect to pack in a lunchbox
A showstopping banana, honey, almond and sultana cake for the perfect coffee morning
Impress your guests with this delicious mini cherry bakewell recipe from Dame Judi Dench
This sour cream cake with lavender yields a moist bake that will tantalise the taste buds toped with lavender icing and sparkles
This dairy-free ginger cake is wonderfully moist and spicy and if you can lock it away in a cake tin for a day or two it will taste even better!
Each of these gloriously stripy meringues holds a secret – get lucky with your dip!
Rose Prince's delicious cake is super delish. Bake in a square tray, then cut and paint each little cake with honey and lemon glaze
Cooked apples are very good to perk up our vitality and this is a deliciously spicy way to include them in our diet
James Ramsden's bake is a sort of Anglo-French number, a marriage beween a tarte tatin and cake
Baking recipe collections
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
Chocolate cake recipes to indulge in, including chocolate fudge cake, glossy chocolate and almond torte and Malteser cake
Bread recipes to make at home, including white bread rolls, ciabatta bread, a focaccia recipe and plenty more
Healthy cake recipes feature unusual ingredient combinations like mashed potato, spelt flour, polenta and sweet potatoes which make these delicious recipes healthier than your usual choices
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Great British Bake Off judge, Paul Hollywood shares a few of his favourite baking recipes