Malted chocolate drizzle & honeycomb cake

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

15 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs
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28 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 45 mins
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13 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This showstopping bake is a celebration of classic apple desserts with spiced sponge, vanilla icing and a sticky caramel apple filling

1 hr and 35 mins
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10 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Feeling ambitious enough to take on this showstopping bake? With its decorative sponge and fruit topping, it has real wow factor

1 hr and 55 mins
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110 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

For the ultimate indulgence look no further than Sarah Cook's four-layered chocolate-caramel extravaganza

1 hr and 55 mins
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30 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Sticky and sweet, this bundt-shaped banana bread with buttery glaze and cinnamon is a show-stopping bake

1 hr and 15 mins
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6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 35 mins
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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
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11 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

A stunning floral layer cake, flavoured with rosewater and layered up with vanilla cream, raspberry icing and crystallised petals

1 hr and 55 mins
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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 hrs
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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 hr and 35 mins
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6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This fruity cake uses ground rice and almond extract for a cheaper bake - perfect for a cake sale or as a teatime treat

1 hr and 15 mins
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3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Sandwich our best ever chocolate sponge with a fruity coconut mousse and smother in a rich ganache for a stunning party centrepiece

1 hr and 30 mins
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161 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 15 mins
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55 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
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45 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A retro twist to a childhood favourite - learn how to make fairy cakes then decorate for any occasion

55 mins
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51 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 15 mins
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59 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Create a mouthwatering chocolate truffle torte - and there's no cooking necessary!

1 hr
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151 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A stunning cake that will fast become a failsafe option for any event

1 hr and 10 mins
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65 ratings 4.7 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
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29 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Apricots and raspberries are really good partners, and are especially good baked into this soft vanilla cake with cinnamon crumble

1 hr and 15 mins
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36 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 20 mins
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7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Rich, decadent and utterly delicious - this classic recipe never fails to impress

1 hr and 20 mins
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3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Make this showstopper to wow at any celebration. The mix of meringue icing with strawberry and white chocolate ganache makes it a perfect summer dessert

2 hrs and 30 mins
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