30 loaf cake recipes
Loaf cakes are easy to make and even easier to eat – the ideal tea time treat for any baker. Try one of our inspiring ideas, from plum and earl grey to Amalfi lemon and even a vegan banana bread
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
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).
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.
Make this madeira cake for your next teatime treat. Add any nuts you have in the cupboard – roughly chop them first, then stir in.
Part bread, part cake, this marbled Jewish chocolate babka with a syrupy topping is great served warm out of the oven.
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Everyone’s favourite loaf recipe gets a chocolaty update, with an indulgent chocolate sauce and caramelised bananas taking it to the next level.
Check out this sweet banana loaf with roasted walnuts for easy weekend baking. Best served with an afternoon tea or coffee.
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.
This zesty creation refreshes the classic courgette loaf cake recipe, topped with lime zest and pistachio nibs.
Wow the family with Edd Kimber's showstopping marble bake topped with malt milk chocolate glaze and Maltesers.
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.
Your favourite cocktail as a loaf cake – perfect for a grown-up afternoon tea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try our simple vegan banana bread. This recipe is super moreish and easy to make, it goes perfectly with your morning tea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.