Spend some time in kitchen this weekend with our easy baking ideas. Working with your hands to create a delicious treat is a great way to unwind after a busy week.


Want to whip up a speedy bake? Try some simple biscuit recipes or savoury scones. Have a bit more time on your hands? Delve into an impressive cake recipe or an intricate tear & share.

For thrifty bakes, see our budget-friendly recipes and storecupboard baking ideas. Perhaps you’re looking for something free-from? Try these gluten-free baking recipes.

Discover even more inspiration with our easy baking recipes including everything from loaf cakes to bakewell tarts and blondies.

Weekend baking recipes

1) Fudgy brownies

Fudgy Brownies with pretzels on yellow background

These fudgy brownies are a great crowd-pleaser, perfect for sharing with family and friends. This recipe ensures a crunchy top and deliciously gooey centre. Customise them by adding whatever topping ingredients you have on hand, such as pretzels, nuts, chocolate chips or sprinkles.

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2) Easy blueberry muffins

Blueberry muffins on wooden chopping board

Make these easy blueberry muffins for a leisurely weekend brunch or breakfasts-on-the-go during the week. Frozen blueberries can be used as a budget-friendly alternative to fresh berries. Adding natural yogurt keeps these muffins moist and fluffy.

3) Chocolate marble cake

This simple chocolate marble cake is the perfect afternoon treat to pair with a cup of coffee or tea. Swirl chocolate and vanilla cake batter together and bake in just under an hour. It’s great if you’re looking for a bake that’s not too sweet.

4) Easy carrot cake

Carrot cake on cake stand with two cups of tea

Top this classic carrot cake with a moreish cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts or pecans for added texture. Packed with grated carrot and juicy sultanas, it’s spiced with fragrant cinnamon and nutmeg.

5) Chewy chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

Nothing beats a classic chocolate chip cookie for a weekend treat. To develop the best flavour, leave the dough to chill overnight. Try freezing the balls of dough and baking in small batches for fresh cookies whenever you fancy.

6) Raspberry honey flapjacks

Raspberry flapjacks on white cutting board

Make these easy raspberry honey flapjacks using just five ingredients. Melt butter, sugar and honey in a pan then combine with oats. Pour the mixture into a baking tin, top with frozen raspberries and bake for 30 mins.

7) Vanilla cupcakes

It doesn’t get more classic than easy vanilla cupcakes and these are guaranteed sure to please. Get the kids to try out this simple recipe – they can decorate these versatile cakes however they like using coloured frosting and fun sprinkles.

8) Chocolate chip banana bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Use up some overripe bananas with this decadent banana bread. A handful of chocolate chips adds texture and rich flavour. It’s a great twist on the traditional cake loaf.

9) Gluten-free chocolate cake

Chocolate cake on plate with slice and espresso

Make this dense, rich chocolate cake for a special occasion or anytime treat. While suitable for those following a gluten-free diet, it will prove a hit with anyone who loves cake or chocolate!

10) Chocolate fudge crinkle biscuits

Chocolate crinkle biscuits on white plate

Use storecupboard ingredients to make these budget-friendly chocolate fudge crinkle biscuits. Made with minimal ingredients, they only take 10 mins to bake yet are sure to go down a treat.


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