Looking for easy loaf cake recipes? Try our expert ideas with flavours including lemon, coffee and chocolate loaf cake (sometimes known as pound cakes). We also have more unusual and showstopping ideas such as strawberry dream and courgette loaf cake with avocado and lime drizzle. Looking for a new loaf tin? Read our best loaf tins review. Next, try our easy cake recipes and favourite vanilla recipes.


Easy loaf cake recipes

Vegan lemon loaf cake

A delicate, zingy vegan lemon cake made without eggs, milk or butter! The key to that lemony tang is a decent lemon extract (we use Nielsen-Massey).

Vegan Lemon Cake Recipe

Blood orange loaf cake

Edd Kimber's show-off bake combines the ruby-red brilliance of blood oranges with crunchy poppy seeds and grated marzipan.

A loaf cake with blood orange slices on top

Chocolate loaf cake

Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you: a dark chocolate loaf is infused with espresso and topped with a creamy ganache and a sprinkle of chilli flakes for a subtly spicy hit.

A glossy chocolate loaf cake with chocolate ganache and sea salt flakes on top

Vanilla and raspberry mascarpone loaf cake

This is a beautifully moist cake with pops of berries throughout – excellent on its own or with a cup of earl grey tea.

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Vanilla raspberry mascarpone loaf cake topped with raspberries

Carrot cake loaf

Make this carrot cake loaf extra-special with brown butter soft cheese frosting, if you like, or simply leave it off if you’re short on time.

Carrot cake loaf topped with icing

Madeira cake

Make this madeira cake for your next teatime treat. Add any nuts you have in the cupboard – roughly chop them first, then stir in.

Sliced madeira cake on a board

Chocolate babka

Part bread, part cake, this marbled Jewish chocolate babka with a syrupy topping is great served warm out of the oven.

Loaf marble cake on a plate with a slice cut out and a slice on a circular plate next to a tea

Chocolate chip banana bread

Everyone’s favourite loaf recipe gets a chocolaty update, with an indulgent chocolate sauce and caramelised bananas taking it to the next level.

A banana and chocolate chip loaf cake on a white serving board, with a slice cut from the end

Banana and walnut loaf

Check out this sweet banana loaf with roasted walnuts for easy weekend baking. Best served with an afternoon tea or coffee.

For more baking ideas and recipe inspiration, try our banana recipes and banana bread recipes.

Sliced banana and walnut loaf cake sitting on a wire rack with a blue napkin in the background

Vietnamese coffee loaf cake

A rich, creamy loaf cake inspired by classic Vietnamese iced coffee, with a Russian buttercream topping. Bake Edd Kimber's showstopping creation with our step-by-step guide.

Vietnamese coffee loaf cake

Courgette and lime cake

This zesty creation refreshes the classic courgette loaf cake recipe, topped with lime zest and pistachio nibs.

courgette and lime cake

Maltesers marble cake

Wow the family with Edd Kimber's showstopping marble bake topped with malt milk chocolate glaze and Maltesers.

Malteser Cake Recipe

Easy pound cake

The oldies are the goodies. You can count on this classic vanilla pound cake recipe, perfect for slicing thickly and enjoying with a mug of tea.

A sliced pound cake with coffee on the side

Orange and Aperol drizzle cake

Your favourite cocktail as a loaf cake – perfect for a grown-up afternoon tea.

Orange Drizzle Cake Recipe with Aperol

Spiced pineapple and banana cake

With its tropical notes and subtle harissa heat, this loaf cake serves up a big slice of holiday flavour, topped with creamy icing. Don’t be scared of the harissa – the flavour mellows in the cooking. Check out our best harrissa recipes here.

Banana and Pineapple Cake Recipe

Orange drizzle cake

This moist cake is more subtle than a lemon drizzle and is even better a day after baking, so it’s perfect if you’re thinking ahead for future guests or events.

An orange drizzle cake loaf on a cake stand with a slice of cake on a separate plate topped with a dollop of cream

Pistachio and lime cake

Crunchy pistachios are whizzed until fine and limes are zested into this easy yet impressive loaf recipe. Citrussy limes are juiced into this simple icing for extra fresh flavour.

Lime and Pistachio Cake Recipe

Date and ginger loaf cake

Check out our easy tea loaf with juicy dates and fiery ginger. This moreish cake recipe is easy to make and packed with plenty of flavour. Find more afternoon tea ideas here.

Ginger and date loaf cakentopped with icing and chopped ginger

Vegan banana loaf cake

Try our simple vegan banana bread. This recipe is super moreish and easy to make, it goes perfectly with your morning tea.

Easy Vegan Banana Bread Sliced on a Board

Chocolate loaf cake with mint and lime

Bake our stunning loaf cake with fresh mint and zesty lime from baker, Edd Kimber. This seriously moreish recipe makes for a show-off sweet treat to serve your friends and family.

Mint Chocolate Cake with Lime

Ras el hanout and buttermilk sweet loaf cake with rose icing

Ras el hanout is a spice blend that packs an earthy punch, it works unbelievably well in this easy loaf recipe – and the rose icing complements the spiciness beautifully.

Buttermilk Loaf Cake Recipe with Ras El Hanout and Rose Icing

Bara brith

A traditional Welsh treat, bara brith comes crammed with tea-infused dried fruit and two types of spice. This loaf cake is delicious spread with salted butter.

A bara brith loaf with two buttered slices

Amalfi lemon loaf cake

Lemon drizzle cake is a classic for a reason. Amalfi lemons from Italy have an intense aroma and flavour that makes this cake even better, but you could use regular lemons too. Dress it up further with some tart candied peel. If you're looking for more lemon cake ideas, click here.

Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake Recipe

Banana malt loaf cake

Use up leftover bananas in our moist loaf with tea-infused dried fruit and malt extract. Malt adds an extra nutty caramel taste to this moreish tea time treat.

Banana Bread Recipe with Malt

Date and pecan loaf with pomegranate molasses

Use pomegranate molasses in this easy loaf cake to make it extra sweet and moist. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and an extra drizzle of molasses for an indulgent dessert.

Date and Pecan Loaf Recipe with Pomegranate Molasses

Courgette loaf cake with avocado and lime drizzle

Sneak a few 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.

Courgette Loaf Cake With Avocado and Lime

Teff, banana and apricot tea loaf

This fruity earl grey tea loaf is a great way to use up any over-ripe bananas you have lying around. And the hazelnut streusel topping adds a lovely crunchy texture to the cake.

Gluten Free Banana and Apricot Loaf Recipe

Plum and earl grey pound cake

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.

Plum loaf cake, sliced on a board

Matcha and almond loaf cakes

Matcha green tea makes a fantastic baking flavour, particularly when paired with almond. Use it in this easy loaf cake recipe, which makes one large loaf cake or eight little ones.

Matcha Cake Recipe

Coffee loaf cake with mocha fudge frosting

If your daily coffee shop treat is a mocha, you’ll love this loaf cake. It has a super indulgent icing made with dark chocolate and coffee – yum! Try this coffee tray cake for your next caffeine fix.

Coffee Loaf Cake Recipe with Chocolate Coffee Frosting

Christmas loaf cake with clementine drizzle

Check out this clementine drizzle loaf, a festive take on the classic lemon drizzle cake. This light recipe is super simple to bake and it's an easy crowd pleaser. Find more festive baking inspiration here.

Clementine drizzle loaf recipe

Strawberry loaf cake

Looking for a strawberry loaf cake recipe? This pretty dessert is made with vanilla sponge filled with strawberry mascarpone cream and covered in Italian meringue frosting.

Strawberry layer cake with merigue icing, topped with strawberries

Ginger loaf cake with rhubarb

Do you love ginger loaf cake? Rhubarb and ginger are a classic flavour combination and complement one other really well. This rhubarb and ginger cake makes for a great tea-time treat and is under 300 calories per serving.

Ginger Loaf Cake Recipe with Rhubarb

Banana and passion fruit loaf cake

Our banana and passion fruit loaf is a great way to use up bananas, as well as being an easy cake to make and looking impressive.

Banana Loaf Recipe With Passion Fruit

Caramel, poppy seed and orange loaf cake

This is a really zingy loaf cake that makes a light family pudding, with caramelised orange for a special finishing touch. Perfect for feeding a crowd over the weekend.

Orange Loaf Cake Recipe with Poppy Seeds

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