beautiful striking cakes that could make a showstopping centrepiece

Best show-stopping cake recipes

We've chosen ten beautiful cakes that could make a showstopping centrepiece for a birthday, afternoon tea or any special occasion. Our cakes are all really fun to make, so spend an afternoon baking and decorating and then enjoy with friends and a pot of tea

White chocolate Easter cake

Take your baking to the next-level with this showstopping Easter inspired white chocolate cake. We’ve decorated ours with broken white chocolate eggs and crunchy mini eggs, but you can get creative with your favourite Easter treats.

White Chocolate Easter Cake Recipe

Russian honey cake

Check out our impressive Russian cake recipe with moreish burnt-honey icing. This layer cake takes a bit of effort to make but it’s the perfect cake to show off to friends and family for any special occasion.

Russian Honey Cake Recipe

Triple chocolate caramel cake

This chocolate caramel cake is what’s known as an ‘ombre’ cake; each layer has a different shade with dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel flavours.

Fluffy coconut and lime cake

This indulgent coconut and lime cake hits all the afternoon tea spots. Topped with vanilla frosting and coconut flakes this is the perfect weekend baking project.

Pistachio and chocolate stripe cake

This pistachio and chocolate stripe cake is a delicious combination of flavours and it looks fantastic – a real show-stopper. It is a little tricky, but completely worth the effort. Make sure you use pistachios with a good, strong colour.

White chocolate and strawberry ice-cream cake

White chocolate and strawberry ice cream, cake: three things we love the most in our puddings. Try this easy layer cake for the perfect dinner-party dessert.

Maltesers chocolate chiffon cake

Chiffon cake is notoriously tricky, but with our recipe you can make the light, fluffy sponge in under two hours. The Maltesers give a fun twist. Thank you olive reader Sarah Howe for the recipe!

Spiced rum bamkuchen

If you love rum, spice and all things chocolatey, this cake is for you! It might take a little time to prepare, but your guests will be amazed by it. Drizzle it in white chocolate for extra indulgence.

Spiced Rum Bamkuchen Cake Recipe - layered german christmas cake covered in chocolate glaze and white chocolate lines

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.

Lemon curd layer cake

A showstopping, lemony sponge cake with a delicious curd icing and beautiful edible crystallised violets and primroses from

Strawberry and pistachio cake

A lovely summer pistachio cake with strawberry icing that’s worth the extra effort. When strawberries smell good, they should be at optimum ripeness and have flavour – perfect for this cake.

Devil’s food cake with orange frosting

This version of devil’s food cake is made with oil rather than butter, and has orange added to the flavour. It’s a cake that cuts neatly and works well as a base for all sorts of icing.

White velvet snowball cake

This showstopper is an edible snowball that children and adults will love. It would make an original alternative to Christmas pudding. One bite and you’ll be transported to Lapland…

Snowball Cake (Coconut Cake Recipe)

Mojito cake

Our reader Joanne Middleton’s mojito cake was inspired by the classic cocktail, so it’s perfect for entertaining. Soaked in a mojito-infused sugar syrup and covered with lime buttercream.

Peanut butter layer cake

This peanut butter layer cake is a little effort but looks stunning and will satisfy the fussiest peanut butter fiends

Chocolate and burnt butterscotch layer cake

This deliciously indulgent, grown-up chocolate and burnt butterscotch cake looks really impressive and is definitely worth the effort

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