Give your chocolate cake a red tinge in this classic American cake recipe, covered in silky-smooth cheese frosting for extra indulgence.
Follow these simple steps to get a beautiful, classic jam and cream sponge sandwich that is lighter than air.
Change up the classic lemon drizzle with juicy blood oranges. Our polenta cake is easy to make and the ideal sweet treat to accompany your morning coffee.
A classic, simple cake recipe for 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.
Our really popular and easy 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 cake for a special occasion. Why not try some of our other delicious chocolate cake recipes?
Transform simple ginger loaf into this boozy cake in just 25 minutes by soaking in rum and caramel then layering with boozy caramel cream.
Check out this easy traybake recipe with sweet and juicy raspberries and creamy custard, a perfect teatime treat. Long-life custard is a bit more stable and usually thicker than fresh, so it's good for baking into cakes.
Bake our easy ginger traybake recipe with moreish Bonne Maman rhubarb compote, perfect with your afternoon cuppa.
Need a super easy chocolate cake? Check out this quick and easy basic chocolate sponge cake. This moist chocolate cake is a super simple, all-in-one cake for all those chocolate lovers out there. Serve with an extra dollop of cream for ultra indulgence. Best chocolate recipes here...
How to fold and cream a basic cake mix
How do I soften butter for baking? It can be a painstakingly time consuming task waiting for your butter to soften before adding it to pastry as if it is heated in the microwave it’ll be too soft/liquid to make a well risen cake. For those inpatient bakers you can cube your butter, get a bowl of warm water and place the cubes in the water for around 5 minutes and it will be at the perfect temperature for your pastry.
How long do I need to mix the butter and sugar when making a cake mix?Creaming together the butter and sugar is a traditional way of starting to make a cake, however many bakers do not mix them together for long enough. Spend at least 5 minutes creaming the butter and sugar on a high speed until the mixture turns extremely light, almost white and fluffy for optimal rise and a lighter cake.
How do I fold my cake mix correctly? Fold thick into thin when combining two lots of mixture for
a cake or soufflé. For example, you would add the beaten egg whites to the base, not the other way around. Add a couple of spoonfuls first and stir them in well, then fold in the remainder.
This is an easy banana cake recipe to try. It’s hard to improve on a classic banana cake, but we think the peanut butter addition just edges it! A real nutty twist on everyone's favourite. Serve with your freshly brewed morning coffee. Discover even more banana bread, banana cake and banana muffin recipes here...
Try our super easy coffee slab cake, this recipe is nut-free and comes with a creamy cappuccino buttercream. This simple yet moreish cake is perfect for parties, birthdays or just family gatherings. Check out more of our best coffee recipes here...
Try our simple carrot cake recipe that's easy to make. 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.
This easy chocolate sheet cake 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... go with our chocolate frosting and dust with edible sparkles or extra chocolate chips; or make a completely different topping instead. Vanilla frosting, perhaps? Or some orange-flavoured glacé icing? Try another of our traybake or sheet cake recipes here..
Liked our easiest ever chocolate fudge cake? Then you really, really have to try the white chocolate version. Our white chocolate fudge cake is covered with American-style whipped white frosting, which is lighter than a ganache or butter cream. It looks fantastic and is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
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. If you love cupcakes then check out more of our best cupcake recipes here...
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. We've got more lemon dessert and pudding recipes here...
A simple sponge cake layered with the tangy, fresh-tasting sweetness of a passion fruit icing. This easy cake recipe would make a lovely afternoon tea treat. Discover our best layer cake recipes here...
Classic coffee cake is one of our all-time favourite afternoon treats. In this easy recipe, we've given it a modern twist to include deliciously crunchy pecan brittle. See our best ever coffee recipes for more inspiration.
Finally, here's how to cool, dry and store cakes
Do I need to cool my cakes? Cool your cakes in the tin when they are very hot. Once they can be handled, take them out. Otherwise they will steam and end up soggy.
How long do I let my cake cool before icing? Before icing cakes or any baked produce, remember to leave them to cool completely; they need to be cold. Being at an ideal temperatures means that the icing will stay exactly where it needs to be and will not run off the cake.
How do I cut a cake? Use dental floss to cut a cake in half; it works like a cheese wire. But not the mint flavour, of course!
How do I fix a dry cake? Your heart deflates when you realise that all the time and effort spent baking a cake has been wasted because once it’s out of the tin, it’s dry. Fear not; just make a simple syrup. Boil equal parts sugar and water together and brush it over the dry cake, the sweet liquid will seep into the sponge creating more moisture.
How do I store a cake? The two or three tiered cupcake stands are beautiful but not very practical, unless you’re in range of ravenous friends who will demolish the food with in an hour or two; this is due to the fact that they are not airtight. It is worth investing in a cake stand that has a sealed lid to keep your baked produce fresh