Easiest ever British cake recipes

A light and fluffy cake is a really easy dessert to serve at a lunch, afternoon tea or to take along to an event. We have chosen our 14 easiest and most delicious British cake recipes for this collection, including simple Victoria sponge, frosted banana loaf, lemon drizzle cake and super light angel cake.

We’ve compiled a list of our easiest ever British cake recipes for you to enjoy. From the traditional Victoria sponge to the citrus tanginess of passionfruit layer cake, we’ve got a fantastic range of recipes to choose from. We explore other family classics too, such as chocolate fudge cake and lemon drizzle cake. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try our avocado, courgette and lime drizzle cake? Whether you’re entertaining, making a birthday cake or baking together as a family, read on for more inspiration…


Simple Victoria sponge cake

A classic, simple Victoria sponge is one of the recipes that you should have in your repertoire. Once you master this, bake sales and afternoon tea will no longer be daunting, and making variations will be easy.

Lemon curd layer cake

A showstopping, lemony sponge cake with a delicious lemon curd icing and beautiful edible crystallised violets and primroses on top. We’ve got more lemon dessert and pudding recipes here.

Lemon curd layer cake

Stout and chocolate marble cake

This show-off chocolate stout and marble cake makes a mean dessert. Indulgent, easy to make, and good for entertaining, this cake will become a favourite crowd pleaser in no time. Why not try some of our other delicious chocolate cake recipes?

Stout and chocolate marble cake

Banana loaf with passion fruit frosting

Our take on the ever-popular banana loaf. Made with pecans and a tropical passion fruit frosting, this is a teatime treat to share with family and friends. We’ve got plenty of other banana recipes here too.

Frosted lemon fairy cakes

These cute little lemon cupcakes would work equally well for a kids party, baby shower or just a treat to serve with afternoon tea. If you are short of time make the sponges ahead and store in an airtight box then ice on the day.

Muscovado carrot cake

We know you love this classic olive magazine recipe – it’s been one of our most popular recipes for years! Everyone loves the spiced flavour of carrot cake. We’ve added muscovado sugar for a richer flavour, golden sultanas and pecans for texture and a shot of syrup to sweeten the frosting.

Lemon drizzle cake

A classic afternoon tea lemon drizzle cake that sounds as good as it tastes. If you fancy some enjoyable baking, with a great reward at the end, then this recipe is for you.

Easiest ever chocolate fudge cake

Our really popular chocolate fudge cake recipe is super easy and quick to make so it is perfect for when you need to bake a last minute simple yet decadent cake for a special occasion. Take a look at our best chocolate recipes here. 

Passion fruit layer cake

An easy-to-make springy sponge cake layered with the tangy, fresh-tasting sweetness of a passion fruit icing. This cake would make a lovely afternoon tea treat. Discover more layer cake recipes here.

Spiced berry slump

A slump is similar to a cobbler but with less fuss. Berries bubbling through the topping give this a more rustic feel. It cooks from frozen with ease. For other delicious fruity pudding recipes, click here.

berry pudding

Raspberry red velvet angel cake

Angel cake and red velvet cake: A match made in cake heaven. An easy-to-follow method means this cake can be made by everyone. Decorate with a delicious meringue frosting. Discover more raspberry recipes here.

Coffee cake with pecan brittle

Classic coffee cake is one of our all-time favourite afternoon treats. In this recipe, we’ve given it a modern twist to include deliciously crunchy pecan brittle. See our best ever coffee recipes for more inspiration.

Caramel orange and poppy seed cake

A light and zingy family pud with caramelised orange for a special finishing touch. Perfect for feeding a crowd or a hungry family over the weekend.

Avocado, courgette and lime drizzle cake

Sneak some of your five a day into your bake with this recipe for avocado, courgette and lime drizzle cake. The avocado gives a subtle silky feel to the sponge. For more loaf cake recipes, click here.

Avocado, courgette and lime drizzle cake

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