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Delicious Cake Recipes for Every Occasion

We've rounded up the best cake recipes, including a lemon cake, carrot cake recipe, birthday cake recipe, and much more

Delicious Cake Recipes for Every Occasion

Who doesn’t love a slice of cake, a cupcake, or cake of any description? Whether you’re a complete novice, baking-curious, or fancy yourself as a future Bake Off winner, we’ve created the ultimate list of tasty cakes that are certain to fire up your kitchen credentials.

Some of our favourite memories involve cake: special birthdays and celebrations just wouldn’t be quite the same without a taste of something sweet. If you’re hunting for showstopping bakes, we’ve got some delicious recipes fit for birthdays, Christmas and other gatherings. If you decide to make these cakes to enjoy by yourself along with a cup of tea, that’s also fine by us!

You could try the best chocolate cake recipe by Martha Collison: its layered structure oozing with passion fruit is guaranteed to get your taste buds going. Or, if you prefer subtle flavours, opt for the carrot and almond cake: it can also be eaten as a dinner party dessert along with some stewed fruit.

For all the coffee-lovers out there, look no further than the coffee-soaked tres leches cake. This rich, sweet treat is made all the more luxurious by the addition of toasted coconut shavings. Trust us, it really complements the coffee flavour!

Sometimes, we just want to create a comforting bake without too much fuss. If that’s the case, we also have plenty of easy cake recipes to get your mouth watering! Choose from a classic Madeira cake, zesty lemon cupcakes, a simple chocolate mug cake, or a vegan vanilla cake.

If you haven’t tried using courgettes in your cakes, then take a look at the lemon and courgette cupcakes. Brew a pot of tea and get stuck in. If you’re in a hurry, why not try the chocolate mug cake? This recipe uses only a handful of ingredients, and is ready in just a couple of minutes!

Whatever your reason for baking up a storm, we hope you find the inspiration you need. Savour the taste, share with friends and family, and carry on creating delicious bakes for years to come.

Simple Cake Recipes

Madeira Cake Recipe

This zesty cake is a real crowd-pleaser! It’s such an easy recipe, and a slice in the afternoon with a cup of tea or coffee is heaven. We promise that once you have this cake on the wire rack, cooling completely, you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away!

Lemon Cake Recipe

These cupcakes make a great alternative to a fairy cake recipe: the lovely little lemon and courgette cakes are perfect with a cuppa. Spread a little soft cheese topping over each cake, and sprinkle with lemon zest.

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

If you’re looking for a super-easy chocolate cake recipe, this mug cake is perfect. The gluten-free cake recipe uses cocoa powder to give it a rich, chocolatey taste. Add a dollop of peanut butter in the middle to make it a little bit more decadent.

Vegan Vanilla Cake Recipe

This vegan cake recipe makes a brilliant alternative to the traditional Victoria sponge cake recipe. Vanilla extract gives this treat a real earthy sweetness.

Cakes for Occasions

Christmas Cake Recipe

There’s nothing quite like a traditional festive treat done really well! This fruit cake recipe is sure to satisfy your Christmassy cravings.

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

Move over chocolate fudge cake, this recipe makes a wonderful birthday cake. The dark chocolate provides an irresistible rich, bittersweet flavour alongside zingy passion fruit. It’s a moist chocolate cake recipe to remember!

The Best Carrot Cake Recipe

This delicious, crumbly grated carrot and almond cake can easily double up as a dessert, served with stewed fruit and yoghurt.

John Torode’s Banana Cake Recipe

If you’re wondering how to make banana cake, you may not have considered a Bundt cake version! John Torode’s recipe is very different to banana bread, but it’s a real showstopper.

Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

Perfect with a cuppa, this lemon walnut drizzle cake is beautifully moist! You might not immediately pair lemons with walnuts, but trust us, it really works.

Apple Cake Recipe

This fruity offering is a great autumn dessert, and the honey glaze makes it shine beautifully. It uses surprisingly few ingredients, and the combination of ginger and apple is inspired. Add slices of apple on top to further tempt your taste buds!

Coffee Cake Recipe

Indulgent and delicious, this rich cake is the perfect treat for coffee fans. Slices of this gorgeous bake would be heavenly with a little cup of espresso after dinner.