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Celebrate a birthday by baking one of our stunning cakes...

Vanilla party cake

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(3 ratings)
Cover the light buttery sponge of this classic celebration cake with silky-smooth meringue buttercream and colourful edible polka dots
1 hour and 55 minutes
For the keen cook

Toasted marshmallow & ginger cake

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(1 ratings)
Decorative Italian meringue masks a spicy, moist ginger cake layered with ginger buttercream- an amazing bake!
2 hours and 10 minutes
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Maple & pear ruffle cake

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(0 ratings)
A grown-up, lightly-spiced sponge that is sandwiched with pears caramelised in maple syrup and topped with meringue buttercream
2 hours and 10 minutes
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Banoffee marshmallow cake

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(26 ratings)
This fun cake won the 11-17 age group in our 20th birthday cake competition
1 hour and 20 minutes
Easy

Louise Read's Coffee crunch cake

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(22 ratings)
This recipe pairs a nutty meringue with coffee-flavoured Victoria sponge. No wonder it made it into the top three in our 20th birthday cake competition
1 hour and 20 minutes
Moderately easy

Peanut butter & chocolate cake

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(2 ratings)
The sweet and salty combo of peanut butter and chocolate make this cake irresistible - decorate with pretzels for added crunch
1 hour and 55 minutes
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Hannah Obee's Salted caramel chocolate cake

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(17 ratings)
This sophisticated cake, one of the final three in our 20th birthday cake competition, is dark, rich and moist
1 hour and 55 minutes
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Edd Kimber’s Bakewell ombre cake

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(5 ratings)
Inspired by the classic Bakewell tart, the raspberry jam and almond flavours of this sandwich sponge complement the stunning pink graduated frosting
2 hours and 45 minutes
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Birthday bug cake

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(21 ratings)
Children will love the butterfly and ladybird decorations on this colourful cake – and you'll love its simplicity
2 hours and 10 minutes
Easy

Chocolate birthday cake

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(84 ratings)
We used colourful candles rather than artificial sweets to brighten up this tasty birthday cake
45 minutes
Easy

Light & fluffy chocolate mocha cake

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(40 ratings)
Have your cake and eat it, with this beautifully decadent low-fat chocolate cake
50 minutes
Moderately easy

Lemon & poppyseed cupcakes

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(226 ratings)
These zesty cupcakes look so gorgeous you won't want to eat them, but once you start you won't be able to stop
1 hour
Moderately easy

Ultimate chocolate cake

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(882 ratings)
Indulge yourself with Angela Nilsen's heavenly moist and fudgy chocolate cake - perfect for celebrations - birthdays, weddings, christenings - any excuse!
2 hours and 10 minutes
Easy

Gluten-free lemon drizzle cake

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(120 ratings)
With a special surprise ingredient, this gluten free cake stays beautifully moist. To everyone’s amazement it's mash potato!
1 hour and 10 minutes
Easy

Cappuccino cake

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(91 ratings)
If you've offered to bake a treat for a stall or your local coffee morning then this cake stall classic is just the thing
45 minutes
Easy

Orange & white chocolate sponge

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(93 ratings)
A stunning cake that will fast become a failsafe option for any event
1 hour and 10 minutes
Moderately easy

Almond raisin cake with sherry

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(13 ratings)
Forget the tea and cake here and serve this with a glass of sherry. For the best result make this the day before so the flavours can infuse
45 minutes
Easy

Blackberry & coconut squares

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(104 ratings)
This lovely crumbly bake won the under-11s category of our 20th birthday cake competition
1 hour and 30 minutes
Easy

Easy vanilla cake

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(117 ratings)
A moist cake drenched with vanilla syrup. Use as the basis for a range of fabulous celebration cakes
1 hour and 40 minutes
Easy

Raspberry caramel ombre cake

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This stunning layer cake with coloured cream cheese frosting is perfect for a birthday, wedding or other special occasion
2 hours and 10 minutes
Moderately easy

White chocolate & raspberry cake

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(13 ratings)
John Whaite shares his recipe for a light, fruity layer cake with chocolate ganache and simple sponge
45 minutes
Easy

Chocolate layer cake with passion fruit icing

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Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley shares her never-fail sponge recipe in this layered cake with a zingy butter icing
1 hour and 35 minutes
Moderately easy

Chocolate, raspberry & rose Battenberg gateau

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Traditional Battenberg is given a bakeover with this chocolate, rose and raspberry chequerboard cake
2 hours and 30 minutes
For the keen cook

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