Best Quick And Easy Baking Recipes Ready In Under An Hour

Best ever quick and easy baking recipes ready in under an hour

Try one of our 33 quick and easy baking recipes. Our cakes, brownies and bakes are all ready in under an hour, ideal for last minute entertaining

Looking for quick baking recipes to entertaining last minute guests? Need an easy cake ready in under an hour? Try one of our quick and easy baking recipes for your friends and family who are coming over for tea at short notice…

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This 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. You don’t need to use a chocolate with a high % for this, just standard dark chocolate is fine.

Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Check out our easiest ever cinnamon buns that are quick to make because they use ready made puff pastry. Bake and enjoy now or save for a weekend breakfast – just make sure to eat them warm from the oven.

Easy Cinnamon Bun Recipe

A classic, gooey chocolate brownie recipe ready in forty five minutes that can be ramped up with added ingredients. We’ve included three suggestions of additional ingredients for more opportunities (excuses) to bake this wonder.

Best Ever Classic Chocolate Brownie Recipe

These apricot and white chocolate cookies are really quick and easy to make but taste delicious. They are ideal for a bit of baking and only take 40 minutes. Try our biscuit recipes here.


A classic, simple Victoria sponge is one of the recipes that you should have in your repertoire as it’s ready in under an hour. This traditional sponge cake uses an all in one method making it super quick, easy and the perfect party cake. Once you master this, bake sales and afternoon tea will no longer be daunting, and making variations will be easy. Try our easy cake recipes here…

Easy Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

Portuguese custard tarts made easy with with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. Use ready made puff pastry to make this recipe ready in under an hour. Dusting the pastry with icing sugar gives the tarts a golden, caramelised crust when cooked.

Portuguese custard tarts on a cooling rack

Our cherry bakewell tart is an exceedingly good tart – serve with a cup of builder’s tea for a proper English teatime treat, perfect to serve when guests come for tea last-minute.

Cherry bakewell tart

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. It makes a quick baking recipe that’s really impressive.

Coffee Cake Recipe with Pecan Brittle

Check out these easy-to-make, moreish cinnamon buns. This simple cinnamon bun recipe uses Jus-Rol croissant dough making them extra flaky and extra crispy.

12 Croissant Cinnamon Rolls served on a cooling rack on z dark blue board

Check out these super easy super fun blondies using a children’s classic biscuit, Jammie Dodgers. These fudgy moreish white chocolate blondies are a great alternative to a traditional chocolate brownie, and will go perfectly with your afternoon cuppa.

White Chocolate Blondie Recipe with Jammie Dodgers

This chocolate chip cookie pizza is super easy to make and great fun with all the family. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, this giant cookie makes for a great alternative to a birthday cake that’s quick to make.


Sweet and salty flavours are an ongoing trend and this shortbread recipe is the perfect way to blend these flavours. It’s quick and easy baking and will please a crowd. Find our quick and easy traybake recipes here…

Salted Caramel Shortbread Recipe

Check out these flaky apricot pastries with creamy fresh custard and sweet apricots, the perfect weekend breakfast treat ready in 35 minutes.

Apricot Pastry Recipe with Hazelnuts

Our birthday traybake works brilliantly as a base for any kid’s birthday cake. It’s actually a ‘sheet cake’, a standard baking treat in Texas. We’ve added a chocolate topping here, but you could it personalise it any way you like. Try our epic birthday cake recipes for everyone here…

Children's Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe (Sheet Cake)

Check out these indulgent chocolate tiffins with our favourite Christmas drink in solid chocolate form. You don’t have to include the edible glitter but it does give added bling.

Baileys Chocolate Tiffin Recipe for Christmas

Our freezable cheese scones take just 30 minutes to bake and make a great emergency snack that cooks straight from frozen. The toasted walnuts give them a little extra crunch. More scones recipes here for quick baking ideas…

Cheshire Cheese Scone Recipe With Walnuts

Check out these fun and easy orange cupcakes with silky smooth chocolate frosting and old school Jaffa cakes. Make these cupcakes for an impressive alternative to a showstopping birthday cake.

Jaffa Cake Cupcakes Recipe

Our white chocolate fudge cake is easy to make, looks fantastic and is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

White Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Peanut butter and jelly is a classic American flavour combination. This combined with an English classic to make peanut butter and jelly scones is sure to be a new favourite.

Peanut Butter Scones With Jam

This recipe for sticky honey cakes is really easy to make and they look great. The combination of honey, lemon and ginger works really well together and they’re surprisingly low-cal.


Try our easy shortbread recipe for triple ginger biscuits. These crumbly ginger shortbreads are perfect for elevenses with a hot cup of tea or alternatively with strawberries and cream for dessert.


Our best twist on a classic friand: the sharpness of the passion fruit in this recipe beautifully compliments the sweetness of almond. Friand is French for dainty, which describes this incredibly light, airy treat perfectly.


How do you make brownies even better? Add sea salt and maple of course! This recipe is really easy to make but looks impressive and delivers big flavours. Our top brownie recipes are here


This is a perfect tea-time recipe for the whole family. Recruit the kids to help you dolloping jam into the delicate pastry cases and use different jams to get a multicoloured plateful.


This recipe for redcurrant and raspberry crostata is an easy pud to make to please a crowd and it looks fantastic too. Plus, it’s under 300 calories per serving. Taste the redcurrants for sweetness, and sprinkle over more or less icing sugar, depending on how tart they are.


Add a Caribbean twist to your baking with pineapple, coconut and rum flavours of piña colada. Use ready-baked tarts if you want to make this dessert even easier.


These peanut butter thumbprint cookies use the classic peanut butter and jam (or jelly) combination in a fun new way. They’re best eaten the day they’re made


What’s better than a chocolate Bourbon biscuit? Chocolate Bourbon brownies! This is one of our favourite recipes of 2016 – trust us, you’ll need to make a double batch


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.


Chocolate shortbreads, our favourite biscuit already, but add cobnuts (part of the hazelnut family) and your teatime treat just got a whole lot better.


Coffee and walnut cake is a teatime favourite. With this recipe, we’ve given it a modern makeover by giving it the cupcake treatment. Pipe the icing sky-high for maximum cake drama.


Ever thought of adding custard creams to your blondie mixture? It’s genius! Have a go this weekend and let us know how you get on (@olivemagazine)


These salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road squares are a great twist on a classic and will please everyone. Plus, they’re really easy and only take 15 minutes of work.

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