Baking is a fun and rewarding pastime. Not only will you be making delicious cakes for your family to enjoy but you can also use it as a bonding experience with children and, once you've mastered the art, you've got the potential for home-baked gifts for every occasion. We've collected some of our favourite easy cake ideas together to help get you started - everything from a classic Victoria sandwich to lemon cake, chocolate cake and more.
These are all easy cakes to bake - they don't require unusual ingredients or time consuming steps so they're pretty simple to make at home, even for beginners. Having problems baking the perfect cake? Find out how to solve common baking problems such as cracked or sunken tops or overcooked batter with these baking tips.
Classic Victoria sandwich
One of the best cake recipes to master is the humble Victoria sandwich, with its sweet raspberry jam filling, light, fluffy sponge and a sprinkling of caster sugar. Try this recipe from baking queen Mary Berry, who also provides her top tips for getting the perfect Victoria sandwich.
Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich recipe
Almond and raspberry cake
Once you’ve mastered the Victoria sandwich it’s time to move on to making a sponge interesting. Orange or lemon zest, dried fruit or chocolate chips can all liven up a cake batter. This easy peasy almond and raspberry cake replaces the flour with ground almonds making it gluten-free and giving it a wonderful nutty taste that goes perfectly with the fresh berries.
Almond and raspberry cake recipe
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Lemon drizzle traybake
Lemon drizzle is a crowd-pleaser, and serving it up as a traybake is ideal for large groups of people. The key to a good drizzle cake is to get the right ratio of tart juice to sugar and to pour it over the cake while it is still warm. You can help it along by poking holes in the top with a cocktail stick when it comes out of the oven. You might find lemon drizzles take a little trial and error to get just right because the amount of desired zest can vary so much from person to person, so if you find a cake too lemony or too weak just make a note of it for next time.
Lemon drizzle traybake recipe
Easy chocolate cake
A staple cake recipe for chocoholics everywhere , this easy chocolate cake can be filled with a chocolate ganache or buttercream filling. It’s a perfect all-rounder for an afternoon tea or birthday celebration and it's a great one for beginners because it's so hard to get wrong.
Easy chocolate cake recipe
If you’re more interested in the decorating than the baking then cupcakes are the way to go. Use this basic vanilla cupcake recipe (feel free to add extras such as chocolate chips or citrus zest) and get creative with icing, sprinkles and cake toppers. Pile them high on a cake stand for a show-stopping display.
If you're baking these for a special occasion you can get pretty decorative paper cases, but these can discolour in the oven, so bake your cupcakes in a basic (and cheaper) plain case and pop them into the decorative cases once cooled.
Basic cupcake recipe
A classic fruity little cupcake that uses dried fruit of your choice (sultanas, raisins or chopped cherries, for example) to make a sweet treat that’s ideal for grandchildren to help make.
Queen cakes recipe
Orange drizzle cake
This is a moist orange drizzle cake with a rich buttercream filling from celebrated cook Mary Berry. It makes a change from the more common lemon cake and it's good at any time of year, especially if you're looking for a fruity, zesty summer cake.
Orange drizzle cake recipe
Pear and almond pudding cake
Serve a cake warm and suddenly you have a very easy dessert. This almond and pear pudding cake from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is ideal for serving as an autumn pudding when warm with a dollop of cream. Eat leftovers (if there are any!) cold the next day with a cup of tea.
Pear and almond pudding cake recipe
Recycled biscuit cake
Okay, maybe this one is cheating a bit. It isn’t really a cake, but it is delicious – and very, very easy! It’s also a great way to use up a packet of broken biscuits.
Recycled biscuit cake recipe
From cakes to biscuits and everything in between, visit our baking section for a full range of baking ideas and recipes.
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