Classic baking recipes

Follow these classic baking recipes and you'll have impressed guests swooning at your feet. Choose from our macaroon recipe, scones recipe, chocolate and carrot cake recipes, brownies, banana loaf and more!

Classic baking recipes

Cakes and tarts

Carrot cake

Carrot cake

Carrot cake is a moist, moreish and incredibly popular recipe. Who would have thought that one of your favourite desserts would be made from common garden vegetables!

Fabulously simple chocolate fudge cake

Fabulously simple chocolate fudge cake

A stunning cake with a chocolate sponge that is sandwiched with chocolate, then smothered in more chocolate!

The world-beating Victoria sandwich recipe

The world-beating Victoria sandwich recipe

This classic cake recipe smacks of the quintessentially British. Serve with a cuppa.

Coffee and walnut cake with tiramisu cream

Coffee and walnut cake with tiramisu cream

A decadent cake recipe strictly for the grown-ups, perfect for a lazy afternoon with friends and a large pot of tea.

Treacle tart

Treacle tart

This sweet and sticky treacle tart is fun to make - but much more fun to eat!

Pineapple upside-down cake

Pineapple upside-down cake

This comforting recipe for upside-down cake would make a lovely accompaniment to afternoon tea.

Iced bakewell tart traybake

Iced bakewell tart traybake

This childhood favourite is far nicer than the shop-bought version and they’re the perfect treats to bring out for a large gathering.

Dorset apple cake

Dorset apple cake

There are as many versions of this apple cake recipe as there are cooks but we love this lemony one. Serve with clotted cream.

Chocolate mud cake

Chocolate mud cake

This is the ultimate chocolate cake. Enjoy it best as a dessert or have a sliver with a cup of tea.

Banana yogurt cake

Banana yogurt cake

Banana yogurt cake is simple enough for children to make and a great way to use up ripe bananas.

Marbled cherry and almond cake

Marbled cherry and almond cake

This marbled cherry and almond cake will go down a storm at any dinner party.

Moist ginger cake

Moist ginger cake

This moist ginger cake is a great treat for elevenses, or for a snack while you're on the go. The rich taste of the ginger will leave your taste buds tingling.

Orange and rosemary polenta cake

Orange and rosemary polenta cake

This moist, fragrant gluten-free cake can be kept wrapped in the fridge for up to five days.

Swiss roll

Swiss roll

Swiss roll is an ingenious cake. Like a lot of good things, less is more, and it the recipe requires just four everyday ingredients – caster sugar, plain flour, eggs and jam. But it’s how you use them that counts.

Classic chocolate roulade

Classic chocolate roulade

Crowd-pleasing, indulgent and easy to make, roulades may be retro but they’ll never go out of fashion.

 


Individual treats

Macaroons

Macaroons

We all know them but macaroons are difficult to make, aren't they? Not if you follow this recipe to get perfect macaroons every time.

Scones

Scones

Scones are budget-friendly, simple to make and sublime to eat. Treat your friends and family to these nostalgic delights.

Scented cupcakes

Scented cupcakes

Gently flavoured with lavender sugar, lemon or rosemary, these gorgeous mini cakes look as good as they taste.

Chocolate brownie cubes

Chocolate brownie cubes

The only question with this recipe for chocolate brownie cubes is whether to make twenty full-size squares or hundreds of petit-four mouthfuls. Whichever you decide, you'll make lots of friends.

Classic buttery flapjacks

Classic buttery flapjacks

These classic buttery flapjacks are the original and the best.

Black bottom cupcakes

Black bottom cupcakes

The Hummingbird Bakery's black bottom cupcakes look innocent, but pack a punch; a dark chocolate sponge with a dollop of cheesecake baked into it.

Chocolate orange cupcakes with cheesecake cream

Chocolate orange cupcakes with cheesecake cream

Eat these fudgy chocolate orange cupcakes warm or cold - the chocolate-coated orange peel adds a really luxurious touch.

Pumpkiningeradamia cupcakes

Pumpkiningeradamia cupcakes

Blogger Naomi Rose, aka the Gluttonous Vegan, shares her vegan cupcake recipe.

Devil's cakes

Devil's cakes

These chocolate cupcakes are perfect for baking with the kids.

Hot cross scones

Hot cross scones

These combine the deliciously moist, crumbly texture of home-baked scones with the fruity flavours and spicy overtones of hot cross buns.

Chocolate toffee crispy cakes

Chocolate toffee crispy cakes

These cakes are an absolute classic, and a must for any trainee cook.

Little raspberry muffins

Little raspberry muffins

Use this basic recipe and vary the fruit, depending on what is available. Apples, blueberries, pears or blackberries all work well.

White chocolate strawberry-centre muffins

White chocolate strawberry-centre muffins

These may look like ordinary white chocolate muffins, but the centre holds a scrumptious surprise.

Healthy chocolate muffin

Healthy chocolate muffin

Swap butter for low-fat yogurt in this muffin recipe for a low-calorie, lower fat treat. Clever...

Peach and amaretti muffins

Peach and amaretti muffins

These peachy muffins will go down a treat.

Banoffee muffins

Banoffee muffins

If you have ever eaten banoffee pie you will know that bananas and toffee are delicious together.

Mini  Victoria sponge cakes

Mini Victoria sponge cakes

These mini variations on a conventional Victoria sponge recipe are very cute.

 

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