Gravity-defying sweetie cake

Cassie Best recipes

44 Recipes

Discover the most popular culinary creations of our senior food editor, Cassie Best, including an indulgent chocolate cake and crispy chilli beef.

Gravity-defying sweetie cake


(34 ratings)

Anti-gravity cakes are this year's must-have trend for birthdays or parties - this stunning Smartie cake will delight kids and grown-ups alike...
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • More effort

Lemony lamb meatballs


(3 ratings)

These fragrant lamb meatballs are great for entertaining on a budget. Serve as part of a meze-style feast with flatbreads, a grain salad and dips
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Fish & chip pie


(8 ratings)

Hearty homemade pie meets a traditional British takeaway for a doubly satisfying family supper for those evenings when only comfort food will do
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • Easy

Thai pork & peanut curry


(258 ratings)

Use fragrant hot red curry paste as the base to this coconut curry dish with baby sweetcorn, coriander and soy
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Rhubarb, marzipan & citrus cake


(12 ratings)

This rhubarb sponge with orange and lemon zest can be served warm with a dollop of crème fraîche or cool as a cake - a spring dessert or afternoon tea treat
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Crispy chilli beef


(252 ratings)

Ditch the takeaway and whip up this Chinese flash-fried steak with a sweet gingery sauce and red peppers
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Spanish meatball & butter bean stew


(171 ratings)

This hearty one-pot is full of Mediterranean flavour, with pork, red onion, peppers and smoked paprika - an impressive 4 of your 5 a day
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Cardamom butter chicken


(72 ratings)

A homemade curry to rival your favourite Indian takeaway - a rich blend of spices mixed with creamy ghee
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

Cookies & cream party cake


(57 ratings)

Stack up our best ever chocolate sponges and smother in an Oreo biscuit icing to make this towering celebration cake
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • More effort

Chunky butternut mulligatawny


(71 ratings)

This spicy soup with basmati rice and apples is chunky, warming and wholesome - plus its low in fat and calories to boot.
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Blueberry swirl cheesecake


(46 ratings)

The creamy, sweet texture of this baked vanilla pudding is complemented by a vibrant fruit sauce
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy

Chicken, squash & pesto lasagne


(85 ratings)

This alternative pasta bake is great for making in batches- assemble the layers of mascapone, chicken, basil and butternut then freeze or bake
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

Chicken mole with coriander rice


(55 ratings)

If you're a fan of chilli con carne, you'll love this dark, sweet and spicy South American stew with ancho, ground nuts and chocolate...
  • 2 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy

Coconut & squash dhansak


(201 ratings)

This quick and easy vegetarian curry is perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner - with butternut squash, coconut milk, lentils and spinach
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Feelgood flapjacks


(96 ratings)

These healthier oat bars use bananas and apple to bind the mixture, so you can cut down on the fat and sugar
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy

Venetian duck ragu


(68 ratings)

Cinnamon adds complexity to this slow-cooked pasta sauce, which goes perfectly with large tubular paccheri pasta, or ribbons of pappardelle
  • 2 hours and 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Mango chicken, bean & rice bake


(62 ratings)

Drumsticks are ideal for an all-in-one traybake - the rice, beans and spicy seasoning make it a little like Caribbean jerk chicken
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy

Breakfast muffins


(81 ratings)

Make muffins healthier with mashed banana and apple sauce for natural sweetness, plus blueberries and seeds for an extra nutritious hit
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Greek lamb & macaroni bake


(68 ratings)

A cross between moussaka and macaroni cheese, this thrifty Mediterranean pasta bake makes for a hearty meal
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy

Smoky pork & black bean tacos


(44 ratings)

Mexican pork chilli with a smoky barbecued flavour, served in crispy tortilla shells with ripe avocado
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Peanut butter cookies


(152 ratings)

With just three ingredients, these simple peanut butter cookies will delight kids and grown-ups alike – and they're gluten-free, too...
  • 27 mins
  • Easy

Sausage & mushroom pot pies


(28 ratings)

A thrifty dish of pork meatballs with crispy ciabatta topping and a mustard, crème fraîche sauce
  • 52 mins
  • Easy

Vanilla fudge


(41 ratings)

Homemade fudge makes a fabulous gift wrapped up for Christmas or any special occasion. Our recipe for these buttery sweets is well worth the effort
  • 50 mins
  • A challenge


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