The very best bakes are easy to make and even easier to wolf down. Our top storecupboard baking ideas are just that; super simple – using everyday ingredients you'll likely already have in your kitchen – and hard to resist.


Use everything from tinned peaches and dried fruit to peanut butter and even cereal to create an imaginative sweet treat. If you're looking for a weekend project that will satisfy your cravings, look no further. Try sticky flapjacks, a stunning fruity sponge or a batch of peanut butter cookies.

Looking for something savoury to go with your delightful desserts? Turn your everyday ingredients into our easy storecupboard recipes, from quick salads to warming curries.

Easy storecupboard baking recipes


This comforting, classic recipe uses a grand total of six storecupboard ingredients. All it takes is melting, mixing and baking to make beautifully golden goodies to go with a cup of tea.

Try these classic easy flapjacks, then check out our healthy flapjacks or savoury cheese and Marmite flapjacks.

Easy Flapjack Recipe

Classic chocolate brownies

Everyone loves a gooey chocolate brownie. Try making our classic recipe or mix it up with our fun flavour variations. You can add marshmallows, toasted pecans or white chocolate chunks for a delicious twist. Take a look at our best ever brownie recipes for vegan versions, chocolate orange mixes and more.

Best Ever Classic Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Banana oat cookies

Our five-ingredient banana oat cookies, stuffed with chocolate chips, are ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up. They're so quick and easy to make – just as well, these will be gone so quick you'll be whipping up a second batch in no time.

A batch of cookies cooling on a wire rack

Peach and soured cream cake

The perfect storecupboard bake. Use up that tin of peaches with this light and fluffy sponge cake, topped with a soured cream frosting. Sandwich peach slices in between the layers of sponge and scatter a few on top of your icing for an eye-catching bake.

A sheet cake with tinned peaches on top

The best victoria sponge

You can't beat a slice of traditional victoria sponge, filled with jam and cream. Follow our simple steps to get a sponge sandwich cake that's lighter than air. It's best enjoyed on the day it's baked, when it's at its soft, springy best. For more comforting treats, check out our easy cake recipes collection.

Victoria sponge cake filled with jam, fruit and cream

Classic millionaire's shortbread

Smooth caramel sandwiched between chocolate and a buttery, crumbly shortbread. These classic millionaire's shortbread bites look uber professional, but are simple to make at home. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt to balance out the sweetness of the caramel.

Classic Millionaire's Shortbread

Bara brith

This traditional treat isn't just for St David's day. Try a slice of our spiced fruit loaf cake with a slathering of salted butter for a hearty homemade snack. Using treacle gives this dark, squidgy loaf an extra dose of decadence.

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A bara brith loaf with two buttered slices

Easy pound cake

A classic vanilla-flavoured pound cake is designed to be simple, using equal ratios of butter, sugar and flour. This all-in-one recipe involves mixing together your ingredients until smooth, baking until golden-brown and enjoying warm from the oven.

A sliced pound cake with coffee on the side

Thumbprint cookies

Combine the winning flavours of peanut butter and sweet raspberry jam to make our family-friendly thumbprint cookies. Use your thumb to make little wells in the centre of your cookie dough, and fill with a dollop of jam and peanut butter.

Peanut butter thumbprint cookies

Peanut butter cookies

Nutty, buttery and quick to make, these crisp peanut butter cookies are gluten-free and great for baking with kids. It'll take just under 30 minutes and a handful of ingredients to stock up your biscuit tin with treats for days... if they last that long.

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Honey nut cornflake and caramel bars

These biscuit bars are made up of layer upon layer of chocolatey goodness. Stack a biscuit base, a peanut butter caramel, solid chocolate and crispy cornflakes for the ultimate indulgent weekend project. Taking some inspiration from the traditional millionaire's shortbread, this slice of sweetness takes it to the next level.

Honey Nut Cornflake and Caramel Bars Recipe

Raspberry custard cake

Although homemade is great, we're also fans of wobbly, bright yellow long-life custard, often lurking in the back of the cupboard. Stir some into the batter of this family-friendly raspberry cake and dollop on some splodges for an extra thick custardy bite. Scatter over fresh raspberries before baking for a tart flavour to balance out the sweetness.

Raspberry Custard Cake Recipe

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