Malted chocolate drizzle & honeycomb cake

Challenging cake recipes

53 Recipes

Entering a baking competition and want a challenge? Discover our showstopping collection of delicious cakes, tortes and traybakes to wow the crowd.

Malted chocolate drip cake

4.92857

(14 ratings)

This layered drip cake is smothered in cream cheese icing and drizzled with a dark chocolate ganache - a stunning centrepiece for a big occasion
  • 3 hours
  • A challenge

Gin & tonic cake

4.26923

(26 ratings)

Fan of gin & tonic? What could be better than your favourite tipple in cake form? A fabulous showstopper for afternoon tea or a summer celebration
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Toffee apple cake

5

(11 ratings)

This showstopping bake is a celebration of classic apple desserts with spiced sponge, vanilla icing and a sticky caramel apple filling
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • A challenge

Polka-dot strawberry cake

4.90909

(11 ratings)

Feeling ambitious enough to take on this showstopping bake? With its decorative sponge and fruit topping, it has real wow factor
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • A challenge

Chocolate & caramel ombre cake

4.44643

(112 ratings)

For the ultimate indulgence look no further than Sarah Cook's four-layered chocolate-caramel extravaganza
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • More effort

Vanilla cupcake bouquet

4.75

(8 ratings)

This stunning edible bouquet takes a little time to prepare but the results are jaw-dropping. If you're looking for a Mother's Day showstopper, this is it!...
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • A challenge

Gravity-defying sweetie cake

4.842105

(38 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

English rose cake

4.5

(10 ratings)

A stunning floral layer cake, flavoured with rosewater and layered up with vanilla cream, raspberry icing and crystallised petals
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • More effort

Mermaid cake

5

(5 ratings)

Create a cake with the wow factor with our colourful ombre mermaid. It's a baking challenge but makes a magical party cake for kids and grown-ups alike...
  • 2 hours
  • A challenge

Blackberry baba with spiced cream

0

(0 ratings)

Take a fruity sponge cake to the next level with this fabulous blackberry baba. It makes the perfect centerpiece dessert for any dinner table
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Morello cherry & almond traybake

4.666665

(6 ratings)

This fruity cake uses ground rice and almond extract for a cheaper bake - perfect for a cake sale or as a teatime treat
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Jaffa drizzle loaf

4.763975

(161 ratings)

If you like Jaffa Cakes, you’ll love the moist, fruity cake. It will keep for a week, but it’s unlikely to last that long...
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

White & dark chocolate cake

4.41818

(55 ratings)

For big celebrations this cake is a must, four layers of moist sponge, lashings of chocolate ganache and the crunch of Maltesers
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Glamorous fairy cakes

4.82222

(45 ratings)

A retro twist to a childhood favourite - learn how to make fairy cakes then decorate for any occasion
  • 55 mins
  • More effort

Plum, hazelnut & chocolate cake

4.62

(50 ratings)

Plums, chocolate and hazelnut - this is a cake that really celebrates the season. Enjoy a slice with your mid-morning coffee or serve it warm for dessert
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Cookies & cream party cake

4.836065

(61 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

Apricot & raspberry buckle

4.51724

(29 ratings)

Apricots and raspberries are really good partners, and are especially good baked into this soft vanilla cake with cinnamon crumble
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Louise Read's Coffee crunch cake

4

(37 ratings)

This recipe pairs a nutty meringue with coffee-flavoured Victoria sponge. No wonder it made it into the top three in our 20th birthday cake competition
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • More effort

Raspberry spice cake

4.1875

(16 ratings)

A show-stopping layer cake of moist buttermilk sponge, jam, berries and cream cheese frosting - a real centrepiece
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

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