Whether you’re feeling glum, or know somebody in need of a pick-me-up, our cheery sponges could be the perfect antidote. Baking is a great way to de-stress, with the added bonus of a sweet treat at the end. So, get out your baking supplies and whip up one of these mood-lifting marvels.


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1. Rainbow cake

Multi coloured rainbow cake

Paint the rainbow with this glorious kaleidoscopic bake. Who wouldn’t be cheered by slicing into a cake to reveal rows of coloured sponges sandwiched with soft cheese frosting? Time, patience and edible food colouring will produce this stunning showstopper.

2. Happy lion cake

Lion cake with friendly yellow icing face

Make the kids smile with a sunshine-yellow happy lion cake. Go wild decorating the simple yogurt vanilla sponge with buttercream, sugar paste icing and sweets – it’s sure to be a *roaring* succcess!

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3. Unicorn cupcakes

Cupcakes topped with rainbow-swirled icing, chocolate buttons and sprinkles

Be transported to a different world with our unicorn cupcakes, complete with rainbow-swirled buttercream, chocolate buttons, sweets and sprinkles.

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4. Chocolate traybake

Chocolate traybake stopped with colourful chocolate buttons and sprinkles spelling 'cake'

If nothing else can lift your spirits, a generous slab of chocolate cake should do the trick. Make someone’s day by decorating this American-style traybake with velvety soft ganache and a special message in sweets and sprinkles.

5. Funfetti cake

Layered sponge cake with buttercream and funfetti sprinkles

Putting the fun in funfetti cake, this speckled sponge is a guaranteed mood-lifter. Mix sprinkles into the cake batter and add extra to the top with creamy vanilla icing.

6. Hedgehog cake

Chocolate hedgehog cake with chocolate flake spikes

We defy you not to be cheered by our cute hedgehog cake. Deceptively simple to make, the body is chocolate sponge shaped with chocolate buttercream. Children will love creating the critter’s spikes and features with chocolate flakes and buttons.

8. Pink marble sandwich cake

Pink marbled sandwich cake with thick buttercream filling

Take this classic cake to the next level with pink marbled sponges sandwiched between raspberry jam and sweet chocolate icing. This colourful creation is great for first-time bakers, so why not spend some quality time making it with the kids?

9. Carrot patch cake

Loaf cake topped with cream cheese frosting and mini carrot icing decorations

Calling all green-fingered bakers! We’ve cultivated a vibrant carrot patch to capture the joys of spring. The simple carrot cake base is covered in a soft cheese frosting and decorated with coloured fondant icing. The perfect pick-me-up.

10. Bakewell ombre cake

Ombre cake covered in a pink, white and red piped icing design

Edd Kimber’s showstopping ombre cake will have you tickled pink. The bakewell tart-inspired sponge is covered in ombre graduated layers of coloured icing. It takes work, but when you see the finished result, you’ll be so happy you made the effort.


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