There's nothing quite like baking a cake and sharing it with loved ones, whether you're baking an old favourite or experimenting with new flavours. But which cake recipes have stood the test of time?


To find out, we delved into our website stats to discover a hit-list of 10 brilliant cake recipes for you to enjoy. Each has been visited thousands of times and rated highly by the community. Which one will you make? Don’t forget to register for a My Good Food account so you can save the recipes for a later date – you can organise them into your own collections for easy access.

We can all agree that a slice of cake with a cup of tea is one of life's greatest pleasures – for more delicious sweet treats check out our showstopping cake recipes, birthday cakes and wedding cakes.

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10. Ginger cake

A ginger cake presented on a white plate placed on a purple tablecloth

In 10th place is our moist and sticky ginger cake, drizzled in a zingy lemon icing to balance the warming ginger notes in the sponge. A slice of this beauty will go down a treat at afternoon tea.

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Dive into our collection of ginger cake recipes for more gorgeous ginger-flavoured bakes. Also, check out our guide on the health benefits of ginger.

9. Pineapple upside-down cake

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Summon childhood memories with a slice of this retro pineapple upside-down cake. It's a fun-looking bake that's ideal for parties, best served warm with a scoop of ice-cream.

Check out more of our pineapple cake recipes or browse our collection of nostalgic cake ideas.

8. Chocolate marble cake

Chocolate marble cake

Who can say no to a slice of marble cake? This easy recipe features a classic chocolate and vanilla marbled design, a certified teatime winner.

We have plenty more marble cake creations for you to recreate, including our popular chocolate orange marble cake.

7. Chocolate brownie cake


Revel in the aroma of freshly baked brownies in your kitchen with these easy brownie cake recipe. Serve with your choice of ice cream and plenty of fresh fruit. Kids will also love helping you bake it.

Take your pick from more brownie delights with our collection of best brownie recipes, including these epic vegan brownies.

6. New York cheesecake

A wedge of classic new york cheesecake on a knife

Transport yourself to a busy New York diner with this authentic creamy dessert. With its classic creamy flavour and buttery biscuit base, this easy cheesecake makes an ideal family dessert for the weekend.

If you like the look of this, check out our no-bake cheesecake recipes, chocolate cheesecake recipes and baked cheesecake recipes.

5. Raspberry bakewell cake

A raspberry bakewell cake with one slice cut out of it

This light and crumbly bakewell cake makes brilliant use of raspberries, so it's a perfect bake for the summer months. You could substitute the raspberries for blueberries, or do a mix of both.

Browse our bakewell tart recipes for more almond-flavoured bakes.

4. Classic victoria sandwich recipe

Classic Victoria sandwich cake on a plate with a slice taken out, served on a side plate

Our fourth place goes to a quintessentially British and crowdpleasing party cake: the humble Victoria sponge. Expect a lighter-than-air, fluffy sponge combined with strawberry jam and cream, finished with a dusting of sugar. Best enjoyed with a pot of tea.

Discover more creative ways with victoria sponge with our collection of victoria sponge recipes.

3. Carrot cake

A square carrot cake cut into chunks, resting on baking paper

It's no surprise to see this made the top three – we're a nation of carrot cake lovers after all! The good news is that this recipe is easy to follow, can be made ahead, and can be frozen too, making it perfect for birthdays, afternoon teas and general celebrations – just remember to drizzle over the zesty icing on the day.

Find more carrot cake ideas with our best carrot cake recipes, including these adorable carrot cake cupcakes.

2. Ultimate chocolate cake

Chocolate cake with icing and chocolate shards on top with slice missing

Perfectly moist, rich and fudgy, just the sight of this chocolate cake is enough to make you salivate. And according to its impressive star rating count, it's just as good to taste. Perfect for a chocolate lover's birthday, it's the ultimate indulgent treat.

See more of our indulgent chocolate cake recipes, chocolate desserts and melted chocolate recipes.

1. Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

Coming in at number one is this classic lemon drizzle, a bake perfect for all manner of occasions and all year round. With a whopping 2750+ star ratings, be sure to check the comments out to see how community members have adapted the recipe too.


For more zesty bakes, see our collection of lemon cakes, as well as our lemon puddings and lemon desserts.

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