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Challenging cake recipes

52 Recipes

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

Gin & tonic cake

5

(3 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

(8 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

4.84375

(8 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

4.48684

(95 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

4.5

(5 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

4.666665

(15 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

4.166665

(6 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

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

4.583335

(3 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

4.74187

(123 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

4.457545

(53 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

4.809525

(42 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

4.647725

(44 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

4.691665

(30 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

4.48

(25 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

3.901515

(33 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

4.15625

(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

Hazelnut latte cake

3.94231

(13 ratings)

Give coffee cake the ultimate upgrade - layer with chocolate hazelnut frosting, add a creamy topping and sprinkle with crushed nuts
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • A challenge

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