Did somebody say cake?

Often a gesture of love, a slice of cake brings us all together. Whether handcrafted and lovingly prepared by your children (don’t mention the questionable icing skills) or served with a cup of tea at your nan’s house, even bad cake is good enough to eat!


Cakes are usually the pièce de résistance of any occasion. A quadruple-tiered extravaganza at a wedding or a humble Viccy sponge on a Sunday afternoon, cake is diverse and will never go out of fashion.

If you’re a fan of the classics, or keen for the latest flavour trends, here’s our list of the best cake recipes to show off your baking skills.

Best cake recipes

Gin and tonic cake

Gin and tonic cake
(© Homepride) 

A classic tipple makes for a classic cake. A light sponge with the delicate flavours of gin and tonic, this cake is ideal for impressing guests at your dinner party. Try not to eat the whole thing and drive afterwards!

Fig and brazil nut chocolate mud cake

Candice Brown’s fig and brazil nut chocolate mud cake
(Ellis Parrinder/PA)

A showstopper of a chocolate cake, this fig and brazil nut chocolate mud cake by Great British Bake Off winner, Candice Brown, is regal and divine. Bitter and smooth ganache topped with fresh figs screams opulence with this cake.

Strawberry chiffon celebration cake

Strawberry chiffon cake
(© Love Fresh Berries)

The proof is in the pudding, and this cake is definitely worthy of a celebration! Light, moist and moreish, you’ll be wanting to bake this every chance you get.

Triple-layer berry Victoria sponge

Triple layer victoria sponge best cake recipes
(Ellis Parrinder/PA)

Quintessentially British, this Victoria Sponge by GBBO’s Candice Brown is simple but oh-so-delicious. Perfect for sharing with the family (or have it all to yourself, we won’t judge!) this cake is a crowd-pleaser.

Toffee apple crumble layer cake

Toffee apple crumble cake best cake recipes
(Haarala Hamilton/PA)

A mouthful in name and flavour, this toffee apple crumble layer cake is made by another GBBO favourite, Liam Charles. He takes a classic British dessert and makes it, dare we say, better. Full of texture and sweet goodness, this is one showstopper of a cake and one of the best cake recipes around.

Lemon meringue cake

Lemon meringue cake best cake recipes
Lemon meringue cake (Quadrille/Peter Cassidy/PA)

Another classic dessert fusion. This lemon meringue cake is light and fluffy with all the best bits of lemon meringue. Delicate and moreish, the snowy peaks of meringue make for a cake with mega wow-factor.

Hibiscus and coconut cake

Hibiscus and coconut cake best cake recipes
(Ellis Parrinder/PA)

If you enjoy living on the adventurous side of baking, you’ll love this hibiscus and coconut cake by Lopè Ariyo. A British-Nigerian fusion, you’ll get double the flavour and be proud of showcasing this coconut concoction.

For more baking inspiration, read our guide to the simple bakes you can make with the ingredients you have at home.

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Best-selling cake tins

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