22 autumn cake ideas
Use apples, pears, quince and more to make our seasonal cakes for cosy autumn afternoons, then get planning for winter and beyond
Looking for autumn cake recipes? Want to use seasonal fruits to create easy cake recipes? Our fruity cake recipes transform seasonal fruits into delicious, moist cakes to enjoy at any time of day. For autumn, use pears, apples, blackberries and sloe berries to add a fruity edge and pretty topping to your cakes. Pair your cake with a cup of your favourite brew for the perfect teatime treat, then get planning with our winter cake ideas and even look forward to the warmer months with our spring and summer ideas.
Check out these autumnal bakes, then try our pear recipes, pumpkin recipes, plum recipes and blackberry recipes. For more autumnal inspiration, check out our best autumn kitchen activities.
Autumn cake ideas
Soft, squidgy figs are an autumn staple, so we’ve baked them into this comforting vanilla and almond sponge cake.
Plum upside-down cake
This warming upside-down cake makes brilliant use of plums – serve with a dollop of yogurt for dessert.
Put autumnal pears at the heart of this indulgent cake. To get the nutty flavour you need to cook the butter until the milk solids turn golden, then cool and cream with the sugar as in a standard cake method. It takes a bit longer but is worth it for the flavour.
Dotted with nuts and flavoured with maple syrup, this seasonal special (made with real pumpkin) is finished with a zesty soft cheese topping. Perfect for Halloween or Bonfire Night.
Toffee apple cake
This autumnal cake is a celebration of cold, crisp bonfire evenings and brisk walks through the leaves. Drizzle extra toffee or caramel sauce for a more indulgent tea time treat.
Blackberries are at their prime in the autumnal months of September and October. Make these sweet berries the star of this pretty cake with fresh fruit baked into the sponge and a vibrant coulis drizzled over freshly whipped cream.
Sloe gin cake
Autumn is the time to gather sloe berries to ensure they're super ripe. Make your own sloe gin and combine with dark purple plums to create this boozy autumnal bake.
This plum and earl grey pound cake makes for the perfect afternoon treat with a cup of tea (earl grey, naturally). It's an easy recipe to make but it looks really good and tastes even better.
Quince and honey cake
Quince and honey is a great autumnal flavour combination. Try them together in this recipe for an easy bake that looks really impressive.
Apple upside down cake
Turning a cake into something even more special is easy when you make it upside down. Sticky apple slices and a hint of star anise in this recipe will make an easy dinner-party dessert or the best family pud for autumn.
Winter cake ideas
This is a festive spin on a classic victoria sponge – instead of jam and cream it is layered with a homemade clementine curd (you can use shop-bought if you prefer) and a champagne-spiked cream. Try more festive cake recipes here.
Blood orange polenta drizzle cake
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.
Grapefruit and poppy seed angel cake
Use red and pink grapefruit in this citrusy winter cake. The grapefruit and poppy seeds angel cake with white chocolate frosting is a great twist on a classic and looks stunning. You’ll need an angel cake tin for this as the cake won’t rise properly in a conventional tin.
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.
Gin and tonic cake
Plenty of citrusy lemons go into this boozy bake, making it a great winter treat. It's easy to make and sure to please a crowd - a new way to enjoy your G&T.
Banana and passion fruit loaf
This banana and passion fruit loaf is a great way to use up bananas, plus it's easy and looks impressive. Bananas are in season all year round, and passion fruit is at its best during the winter months.
Spring cake ideas
Rhubarb pound cake
This recipe for rhubarb pound cake is guaranteed to please. Rhubarb not only tastes delicious but looks beautiful and as well. We've hidden white chocolate chips in the middle, too, for an extra treat.
Pineapple upside down cake
Go retro with this recipe for pineapple upside-down cake. By roasting the pineapple before baking you lose some of the water and get a neater-looking cake
Summer cake ideas
Make the most of British summer berries in this comforting almond cake, lifted with a sweet elderflower drizzle.
Strawberry and pistachio traybake
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.
Lemon and blueberry poke cake
This lemon and blueberry poke cake is sure to be a hit with the whole family. The poke cake is also just as it sounds, so a great cake to get the kids involved in. It's easy to make, tastes delicious and looks delicious!
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Upside-down berry cake
Use fresh summer berries in this cake, or frozen berries like raspberries, blackberries and blackcurrants are great to keep in the freezer for impromptu puddings. They make this rich almond cake even more luxurious.
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