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Get creative in the kitchen with some of our ultimate baking recipes, including Mary Berry's orange layer cake and classic chocolate cake and traditional Victoria sponge, as well as many more

From a classic chocolate cake recipe and traditional Victoria sponge to more elaborate macaroons and roulades, we've got plenty of baking recipes that are sure to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.

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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Banana Cake with Butterscotch Icing

Banana Cake with Butterscotch Icing

One slice of this banana bread cake with butterscotch icing recipe will have you running back for more.

Chocolate Malteser Cake with Malted Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Malteser Cake with Malted Chocolate Frosting

You'll be surprised how easy it is to make this gorgeous chocolate malteser cake with malted chocolate frosting recipe.

Banana Choc Chip Muffins

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Banana Choc Chip Muffins

Made with wholemeal flour, this banana choc chip muffins recipe is healthier than the usual muffins but just as nice!

Passionfruit and Mango Meringue Roulade

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Passionfruit and Mango Meringue Roulade

This passionfruit and mango meringue roulade recipe is a tropical pavlova all rolled up!

Chocolate Ombré Cake with Salted Caramel

Chocolate Ombré Cake with Salted Caramel

Ombré is on-trend in hair, beauty and homes, and this fabulous multi-tier chocolate ombré cake with salted caramel is perfect for any celebration

Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks

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Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks

Deliciously moist and sticky, the whole family will love this apple and cinnamon flapjacks recipe.

Chocolate Fondants with Salted Caramel

Chocolate Fondants with Salted Caramel

Wickedly rich and decadent, you'll have your guests sighing with delight at this chocolate fondants with salted caramel Recipe. You can make these up to 3 days in advance and keep them in the fridge, but allow them to come back to room temperature before cooking or the cooking time will be affected.

Jammy Dodgers

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Jammy Dodgers

Justin Gellatly's jammy dodgers recipe makes a classic biscuit that's perfect for afternoon tea.

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Milk Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Milk Chocolate Buttercream

A must for chocoholics, the almonds in this chocolate fudge cake with salted milk chocolate buttercream recipe keep it really moist, and the salt in the buttercream off-sets the richness perfectly.

Mary Berry's Orange Layer Cake

Mary Berry's Orange Layer Cake

Mary Berry's zesty and light orange layer cake is so easy to make and so moreish.

Victoria Sandwich Loaf Cake

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Victoria Sandwich Loaf Cake

This Victoria sandwich loaf recipe is a classic tea time treat with plenty of cream and lots of strawberry jam but this time in the form of a loaf.

Banoffee Pie

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Banoffee Pie

Everyone will come back for seconds of this decadent yet oh so easy banoffee pie recipe.

Cornish Fairing Biscuits

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Cornish Fairing Biscuits

Thin, crispy with a delicious spiciness, this is a traditional Cornish fairing biscuits recipe.

Victoria Sponge with Blueberries and Cream Cheese Icing

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Victoria Sponge with Blueberries and Cream Cheese Icing

A British classic with an American twist, try this Victoria Sponge with blueberries & cream cheese icing recipe for your next dinner party.

Carrot, Apricot and Raisin Cake

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Carrot, Apricot and Raisin Cake

A moist and fruity version of this favourite carrot, apricot and raisin cake recipe.

John Whaite's Choco-Berry Fraisiere

John Whaite's Choco-Berry Fraisiere

A patisserie shop favourite, John Whaite's fraisiere recipe is an easy way to replicate the French classic at home.

Lemon Meringue Pie

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Lemon Meringue Pie

This lemon meringue pie recipe is a classic tart that the whole family will love.

Banoffee Swiss Roll

Banoffee Swiss Roll

A delightfully indulgent banoffee swiss roll recipe that borrows flavours from an old favourite.

Almond and Chocolate Biscotti

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Almond and Chocolate Biscotti

Make this almond and chocolate biscotti recipe with hazelnuts if you prefer...

Chocolate Tray Bake Birthday Cake

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Chocolate Tray Bake Birthday Cake

This chocolate tray bake birthday cake is a fabulous big cake to make and share with friends in the office or for a party.

Plum and Marzipan Cake

Plum and Marzipan Cake

A moist plum and marzipan cake that has cubes of marzipan running through the mixture. Use firm plums for the best results.

Rocky Road Fudge

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Rocky Road Fudge

This is a fabulously easy and utterly irresistible rocky road fudge recipe that even the kids can make.

Sticky Ginger and Treacle Cake with Rum and Pecan Praline

Sticky Ginger and Treacle Cake with Rum and Pecan Praline

This stunning sticky ginger and treacle cake with rum and pecan praline is a real show stopper and makes for a wonderful centrepiece at your party table. 

Jam Doughnut Muffins

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Jam Doughnut Muffins

Use a silicone muffin tray for this jam doughnut muffins recipe so they pop out easily or place in a metal tray without paper cases.

Fruit Bannock

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Fruit Bannock

Similar to a large scone with a slightly cake-like texture, this fruit bannock is crammed with oats, sweet raisins and sultanas.

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Swiss Roll

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Salted Caramel and Chocolate Swiss Roll

Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite says that this simple salted caramel and chocolate Swiss roll will rekindle your love for Swiss rolls!

Double Chocolate Biscuits

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Double Chocolate Biscuits

We filled this double chocolate biscuits recipe with a rich ganache but you could also fill them with butter cream - try adding peppermint essence too if liked.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake

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Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake

A lovely moist dark chocolate fudge cake recipe with a rich ganache topping makes this is a sophisticated chocolate cake for the grown ups!

Peanut Butter Biscuits

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Peanut Butter Biscuits

Make this peanut butter biscuits recipe with smooth or crunchy peanut butter and watch them disappear from the biscuit tin!

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

This pumpkin muffins recipe is so tasty- great with a mug of coffee or in a packed lunch.

Apple Charlottes with Cinnamon Cream

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Apple Charlottes with Cinnamon Cream

A crispy brioche crust with soft vanilla infused apples, these apple charlottes with cinnamon cream recipe are hard to say no to...

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Baking with children is a joy, but requires a recipe that is fun and easy. This one mix peanut butter and jelly cupcakes recipe is super simple, without sacrificing any flavour, texture and lightness.

Chocolate and Grand Marnier Mini Macaroons

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Chocolate and Grand Marnier Mini Macaroons

Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside this chocolate & Grand Marnier mini macaroons recipe is a mouth watering treat.

Triple Chocolate Roulade

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Triple Chocolate Roulade

Get the 'ah' factor with this wicked triple chocolate roulade recipe.

Apple Clotted Cream Loaf

Apple Clotted Cream Loaf

This apple clotted cream loaf is perfect English afternoon tea cake and very moreish.

Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding

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Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding

This marmalade bread and butter pudding recipe is the ultimate grown-up comfort food.

Satiny Chocolate Tart with Sea Salt

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Satiny Chocolate Tart with Sea Salt

Make sure to use a fine quality chocolate for this satiny chocolate tart with sea salt, as it's the star of the show. A sprinkling of sea salt on top before serving really heightens the chocolate flavor.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Victoria Sandwich

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Chocolate and Hazelnut Victoria Sandwich

This chocolate and hazelnut victoria sandwich recipe is a nice and simple Victoria sponge but with a chocolatey twist!

Tiramisu Roulade

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Tiramisu Roulade

This tiramisu roulade recipe is a twist on the classic Italian dessert.

Apricot and Vanilla Tartlets

Apricot and Vanilla Tartlets

Super easy and really quick, these apricot and vanilla tartlets are the perfect dessert for when lots of friends are round.

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

A fabulous cookie ice cream sandwiches recipe. Make the cookies in advance and assemble the sandwiches at the last minute.

Peach and Frangipane Tart

Peach and Frangipane Tart

This peach and frangipane tart recipe is classic French patisserie at its best - and easier than you'd think.

Lemon and Lime Drizzle Cake

Lemon and Lime Drizzle Cake

Made with clotted cream, not butter, this is a wonderfully light and fluffy lemon and lime drizzle cake recipe

Pistachio and Lime Cake

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Pistachio and Lime Cake

This beautiful cake is a pistachio-flavoured sponge soaked in a zesty lime syrup and layered with a lime cream frosting, lime curd and crunchy pistachio nuts. Delicious! Try this pistachio and lime cake recipe today.

Coffee and Pecan Victoria Sponge Cake

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Coffee and Pecan Victoria Sponge Cake

A coffee and pecan Victoria sponge cake recipe with a little chocolate thrown in for good measure!

Mocha Rum Cheesecake

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Mocha Rum Cheesecake

This mocha rum cheesecake recipe is very rich, so serve in small slices. You can replace the rum with brandy, whisky, Tia Maria or Amaretto, whatever takes your fancy.

Pear and Almond Tart

Pear and Almond Tart

A perfect way to end a meal, this pear and almond tart recipe is light enough not to leave you feeling too full.

Chocolate, Orange and Hazelnut Torte

Chocolate, Orange and Hazelnut Torte

This chocolate, orange and hazelnut torte recipe is seriously impressive, but incredibly simple to make - it's worth using good-quality chocolate to achieve the best flavour.

Easter Celebration Cake

Easter Celebration Cake

This Easter celebration cake recipe is simple to make, yet so stunning - a great alternative to the traditional simnel cake.

Mini Brownie Cupcakes with Ganache Topping

Mini Brownie Cupcakes with Ganache Topping

Who could resist these luxurious little brownie cupcakes with ganache topping, made with our best-ever brownie recipe?

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

One of America's most popular cakes, this flashy red velvet cake recipe tastes amazing.

Orange and Pistachio Cake with Orange Buttercream

Orange and Pistachio Cake with Orange Buttercream

Pistachios add the most divine flavour to this orange and pistachio cake with orange buttercream recipe, and the juice in the mixture keeps it really moist

Maple and Walnut Cheesecake

Maple and Walnut Cheesecake

This is a stonking maple and walnut cheesecake recipe, perfect for a party as it serves around 20, depending on your appetite.

Almond Polenta and Honey Cake

Almond Polenta and Honey Cake

This almond polenta and honey cake recipe has hardly any flour in it, giving it a moist, heavy texture and a wonderful sweet flavour.

Rose-Scented Macaroons

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Rose-Scented Macaroons

Make sure you follow this rose-scented macaroons recipe to the letter for guaranteed success.

Spiced Apple Sour Cream Cake

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Spiced Apple Sour Cream Cake

The flavours of this moist spiced apple sour cream cake recipe will develop on keeping - if it lasts that long!

Raspberry and Lime Coconut Squares

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Raspberry and Lime Coconut Squares

Beautifully moist and light, these delicious raspberry and lime coconut squares recipe are retro baking at its very best.

Maraschino Truffle Cubes

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Maraschino Truffle Cubes

This maraschino truffle cubes recipe can be made more family-friendly by leaving out the booze.

Party Cupcakes

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Party Cupcakes

Three new party cupcake recipe combinations that even the guys will love.

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

Fruit cake is quite rich and filling, so a small slice of this simnel cake recipe is all you need! It freezes well, so you can bake it ahead of time.

Mini Baileys Eclairs

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Mini Baileys Eclairs

These mini Baileys éclairs recipe take a bit of effort, but the Baileys filling makes them a real crowd pleaser.

Maple, Pistachio and Cranberry Flapjacks

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Maple, Pistachio and Cranberry Flapjacks

The sharp berries in these gourmet maple, pistachio and cranberry flapjacks off-set the sweetness perfectly.

Ginger and Pecan Cake

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Ginger and Pecan Cake

This impressive ginger and pecan cake recipe is delicious with or without the pecan brittle on top.

Ginger Spice Swiss Roll

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Ginger Spice Swiss Roll

Using muscovado instead of caster sugar gives a lovely toasted caramel flavour to this ginger spice Swiss roll recipe.

Cup of Tea Fruit Loaf

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Cup of Tea Fruit Loaf

Pre-soaking gives you fruit that is plump, juicy and bursting with flavour for this delicious cup of tea fruit loaf recipe.

Bags and Shoes Cookies

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Bags and Shoes Cookies

Indulge your creative side by dressing up these cool-looking bag and shoes cookies with sugar decorations.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This delicious chocolate chunk cookies recipe is easy to make and so moreish.

Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Our delicious carrot cake with orange cream cheese frosting recipe has a lovely zingy topping.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

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Chocolate Fudge Cake

The topping for this delicious chocolate fudge cake sets fast, so if you need to smooth with a hot, wet palette knife.

Triple Chocolate Brownies

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Triple Chocolate Brownies

Everyone's favourite teatime treat, this triple chocolate brownies recipe gives you fabulously fudgey brownies that will last for several days - if you can bear to let them!

Sticky Toffee Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Sticky Toffee Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Salted caramel is the new big craze, and this gorgeous little sticky toffee cupcakes with salted caramel frosting recipe is dainty enough for even the trendiest tea party.

Pistachio Meringue and Apricot Layer Cake

Pistachio Meringue and Apricot Layer Cake

A real show-stopping dessert, this pistachio meringue and apricot layer cake recipe is bursting with exotic flavours, and the delicate pastel colouring makes it the perfect summery pudding.

Lemon and Almond Cake

Lemon and Almond Cake

The combination of flavours in this lemon and almond cake with Amaretto is really wonderful. Irresistible with a cup of tea mid-afternoon.

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

This lemon pound cake with glacé icing recipe is an absolute joy - using just a hand whisk you get a wonderfully smooth batter that turns itself into a moist, light sponge in the oven. The recipe makes two, so you can enjoy one now and save the other for a rainy day.

Sour Cream Cake with Lavender

Sour Cream Cake with Lavender

Sour cream cake with lavender recipe is moist and stunning. This recipe has the added advantage of keeping for three days in an airtight container, so long as the cake is undecorated. It will also keep overnight once decorated and can be frozen.

Chocolate Hazelnut Kisses

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Chocolate Hazelnut Kisses

This nutty chocolate hazelnut kisses recipe is delicious with coffee or a liqueur.

Italian Fruit and Nut Tart

Italian Fruit and Nut Tart

This tasty Italian fruit nut tart recipe is packed with fruit, nuts and a touch of chocolate.

Sticky Mocha Cake with Chestnut Cream

Sticky Mocha Cake with Chestnut Cream

This easy sticky mocha cake with chestnut cream recipe makes a very grown-up dessert - dark, dense and fudgey, with a real kick of coffee. A sliver is all you need!

Chocolate Almond Torte

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Chocolate Almond Torte

This stylish chocolate almond torte recipe is perfect for afternoon tea.

Sticky Orange and Almond Cake with Marmalade Glaze

Sticky Orange and Almond Cake with Marmalade Glaze

Have this sticky orange and almond cake with marmalade glaze recipe on its own for tea, or with mascarpone for pudding.

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake

This cake has a fantastic depth of flavour, and a wonderfully rich, moist texture. This chocolate guinness cake will keep in the fridge for 2 days - only top with apples and syrup at the very last minute. The un-iced cake can be frozen.

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Chocolate Brownie Cake

A big, brash American show-stopper, this chocolate brownie cake recipe is perfect for both adults and children.

Orange, Honey and Almond Cake

Orange, Honey and Almond Cake

This orange, honey and almond cake recipe makes a delicious gluten-free cake full of Middle Eastern flavours.

Chocolate and Salted Peanut Cheesecake

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Chocolate and Salted Peanut Cheesecake

A sinfully rich chocolate and salted peanut cheesecake recipe that will satisfy even the most die-hard of chocolate fans. A small sliver is all you need!

Chocolate and Coffee Roulade

Chocolate and Coffee Roulade

A fantastic chocolate and coffee roulade recipe which will impress any guests, serve with a quick splash of cream.

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

Fairy cakes make the perfect bite when you invite your friends round for a tea party. Try our favourite strawberries and cream cupcakes recipe for a lighter than air cake.

Chocolate and Honeycomb Torte

Chocolate and Honeycomb Torte

This impressive chocolate and honeycomb torte recipe, is stunning, yet really easy to achieve.

Strawberry and Lemon Triple Layer Cake

Strawberry and Lemon Triple Layer Cake

This spectacular strawberry and lemon triple layer cake recipe is an absolute classic, brought up to date with natural Greek yogurt and lemon curd.

Rum and Raisin Chocolate Cake

Rum and Raisin Chocolate Cake

The undecorated rum and raisin chocolate cake freezes really well or will keep for a day, decorated, in the fridge. Always let it come back to room temperature before serving though.

Lemon and Raspberry Tart

Lemon and Raspberry Tart

This lemon and raspberry dessert recipe really couldn't be quicker - an instant and utterly delicious, citrussy pudding, you can choose whether to make the pastry yourself or go for shop bought.

Warm Chocolate Tart with Tawny Port Syrup

Warm Chocolate Tart with Tawny Port Syrup

A divinely rich chocolate tart with a mousse-like texture - this is the ultimate dinner party dessert that's bound to impress your guests!

Carrot and Cardamon Cake

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Carrot and Cardamon Cake

This carrot and cardamom cake recipe makes a gorgeous, aromatic cake, perfect for accompanying a mug of utumnal tea.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Layer Buttermilk Cake

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Raspberry and White Chocolate Layer Buttermilk Cake

This raspberry and white chocolate layer buttermilk cake is wheat-free and perfect for special occasions!