Gravity-defying sweetie cake

Cassie Best recipes

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

37 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 35 mins
More effort
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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
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10 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Hearty homemade pie meets a traditional British takeaway for a doubly satisfying family supper for those evenings when only comfort food will do

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
281 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
16 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
297 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
185 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
82 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A homemade curry to rival your favourite Indian takeaway - a rich blend of spices mixed with creamy ghee

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
66 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Stack up our best ever chocolate sponges and smother in an Oreo biscuit icing to make this towering celebration cake

1 hr and 50 mins
More effort
73 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This spicy soup with basmati rice and apples is chunky, warming and wholesome - plus its low in fat and calories to boot.

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
55 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

The creamy, sweet texture of this baked vanilla pudding is complemented by a vibrant fruit sauce

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
98 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
65 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
228 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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
104 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

These healthier oat bars use bananas and apple to bind the mixture, so you can cut down on the fat and sugar

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
80 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Cinnamon adds complexity to this slow-cooked pasta sauce, which goes perfectly with large tubular paccheri pasta, or ribbons of pappardelle

2 hrs and 45 mins
Easy
Healthy
67 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
89 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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
74 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A cross between moussaka and macaroni cheese, this thrifty Mediterranean pasta bake makes for a hearty meal

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
127 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Jazz up chicken breasts in this fruity, sweetly spiced sauce with pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds and tagine paste

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
49 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
197 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
27 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

52 mins
Easy
33 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Treat yourself to a special solo supper of spiced shellfish, sweet red peppers and paprika mayonnaise on a baked potato

55 mins
Easy
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