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
Need a sugar fix? Look no further! This millionaire's shortbread is our best recipe yet...
Looks impressive, tastes divine – and it’s not too hard… stack Madeira cakes, cover with icing and ready-made macaroons for a show-stopping tier cake!
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
An incredibly pretty pistachio and rose-water cake with the fragrant super-trendy flavour of the Middle East
This rum and raisin cake is an everyday favourite. This recipe is simple to follow and totally delicious
Our mini fairy cakes are just the thing for a special tea, gift or fundraising event
Made with clotted cream, not butter, this is a wonderfully light and fluffy lemon and lime drizzle cake
This baked orange cheesecake recipe can be made with whatever fruits are seasonal
Lily Vanilli's impressive stained-glass cake will wow your guests, and it's not too tricky to make!
Utter joy is the best description of the feeling this ginger and treacle cake with rum and pecan praline produces!
Baking recipe collections
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
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
Celebrate National Cupcake Week with our best cupcake recipes - including simple and spectacular decorating ideas!