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
A carrot cake recipe with a lovely zingy orange topping that will give your recipe a twist. It's so easy to make and perfect for sharing.
All-in-one speedy chocolate cake is so easy to make, it's super light and even a real novice baker can make it. It's ready in just 30 minutes!
Claire Clark's take on Austrian coffee cake shows how good a sponge cake can be. It's really simple to make, but the results are stunning. Use whatever fruit is in season
White chocolate and macadamia cookies are super soft and crunchy at the same time. They're a real treat with a cup of hot chocolate
Bake Off: Crème de la Crème judge Claire Clark shares her mother’s foolproof shortbread recipe, with a buttery taste and light crumb
Hot cross buns are an Easter favourite and this classic recipe makes a batch of 16. Perfectly spiced and full of dried fruit, we love them
Mary Berry's raspberry and almond muffins are so simple to make for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon treat. You can even make them ahead and refresh in the oven
One-bite fairy cakes are a really nice mix of vanilla and chocolate and they look super elegant too. Perfect for having with afternoon tea
Mini chocolate and orange buns are easy to make but bring a new flavour twist to traditional hot cross buns for an updated Easter bake for afternoon tea
Chocolate Guinness cake has a fantastic depth of flavour and a wonderfully rich, moist texture, perfect for a celebration (or St Patrick's Day)
Orange and almond loaf cake is deliciously squidgy. Have it on its own with coffee or served with oranges in syrup for a fab dinner party 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 lemon chiffon cake is really elegant and is easily made with added whisked egg whites and no butter, which makes it super light and dairy-free too
James Martin's glazed doughnut and homemade malted milk ice cream takes a bit of extra effort but is well worth the results for a perfectly spongy doughnut
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!
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
Great British Bake Off judge, Paul Hollywood shares a few of his favourite baking recipes
Celebrate National Cupcake Week with our best cupcake recipes - including simple and spectacular decorating ideas!