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
Seeded spelt bread couldn't be easier to make. Even if you're a first time bread baker, you'll breeze through making it and you'll have two loaves to show for it!
Apple and banana cake is so simple to make and beautifully moist. Have a slice with afternoon tea. Ready in an hour, you can whip it up even on a busy day
Tray bake recipes are ideal for sharing with friends - perfect for a big birthday party, a cake sale or sliced into small squares to make sweet party bites
Mary Berry's lemon drizzle traybake is an all-time favourite as it's so moist, really easy to make and full of zesty, zingy flavours
This fruity cake is so simple, made with yogurt and ground almonds and topped almond flakes and a jammy glaze. Perfect with a cup of tea.
Vegan chocolate muffins are so simple to make, but are dairy free and egg free so everyone can eat them, whether you choose not to eat dairy or have an intolerance.
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Sugar-free poppy seed and lemon cupcakes are made with fresh lemons, ground hazelnuts and spelt flour, dotted with sultanas and agave nectar for sweetness. They are free from refined white sugar
Make homemade focaccia with red onions and figs as gorgeous tear-and-share bread. We love it with baked tomatoes and green olive tapenade
Salted caramel wreath cake made with bitter chocolate and that salty-sweet caramel makes a rich and seriously impressive cake that's perfect as a Christmas dessert
Mary Berry's fruity scones are perfect served split open with plenty of jam and cream in them for a really indulgent afternoon tea treat
This gingerbread men recipe is perfect for making a whole gingerbread biscuit family, which is perfect as an edible Christmas gift or make a batch to share
This sticky marmalade cake is a moist carrot and orange cake with marmalade and cream cheese frosting. The zesty orange flavours are just gorgeous!
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Make a chocolate wreath cake that's lighter than usual with our easy recipe that replaces butter with a purée made from tinned pears to keep it light
Baking recipe collections
Chocolate cake recipes to indulge in, including chocolate fudge cake, glossy chocolate and almond torte and Malteser 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
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