Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on a cake stand

Classic cake recipes

32 Recipes

Old favourites and traditional bakes – take your pick from our timeless collection

Easy carrot cake


(76 ratings)

Top this classic carrot cake with moreish cream cheese icing and chopped walnuts or pecans. Serve as a sweet treat with a cup of tea any time of the day
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy

Classic Victoria sandwich recipe


(613 ratings)

The perfect party cake, a Victoria sponge is a traditional bake everyone will love. Makes an easy wedding cake too
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Lemon drizzle cake


(1946 ratings)

It's difficult not to demolish this classic by Tana Ramsay in just one sitting, so why not make two at once?...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Butterfly cupcakes


(1 rating)

These pretty cupcakes are perfect for a special occasion. The flavoured syrup help the cakes stay moist, so you can make them a day ahead and decorate the next day
  • 2 hours and 25 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Cherry bakewell cake


(229 ratings)

If you know someone who likes bakewell tart, then they will just love this cake – it’s full of almond flavour and sandwiched with cherry jam...
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Lemon drizzle slices


(62 ratings)

A classic British cake from the Bake Off judge, Paul Hollywood's lemon drizzle is a simple traybake, made extra special with feather icing...
  • 55 mins
  • Easy

Granny's Victoria sponge


(128 ratings)

The classic Victoria sandwich is always a teatime winner, every bite brings a taste of nostalgia
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Coffee & walnut cake


(55 ratings)

The classic combo is made extra sumptuous with mascarpone frosting - a traditional sponge for cake sales and parties
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Lemon & poppyseed cupcakes


(285 ratings)

These zesty cupcakes look so gorgeous you won't want to eat them, but once you start you won't be able to stop...
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Easy chocolate cake


(109 ratings)

Master the chocolate cake with an airy, light sponge and rich buttercream filling. It's simple enough for an afternoon tea but special enough for a party too...
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Brilliant banana loaf


(853 ratings)

A cross between banana bread and a drizzle cake, this easy banana loaf recipe is a quick bake that can be frozen and is great for using up overripe bananas
  • 55 mins
  • Easy

Little coffee cakes


(15 ratings)

These individual cupcakes with coffee frosting are easy to make and look great on a cake stand
  • 47 mins
  • Easy

Chocolate fudge cake


(137 ratings)

You just can't beat a good chocolate cake, and this one is guaranteed to disappear as soon as you cut the first slice...
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy

Dundee cake


(28 ratings)

A famous traditional Scottish fruitcake with cherries, sultanas and almonds, and a sweet glaze
  • 2 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

Peach Melba roulade


(5 ratings)

Follow our step-by-step guide to rolling the perfect peach, cream and raspberry sponge roulade or Swiss roll
  • 50 mins
  • More effort

Madeira loaf cake


(85 ratings)

A classic English sponge cake, delicately flavoured with lemon and almond - perfect for afternoon tea
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy

Raspberry bakewell cake


(530 ratings)

This simple almondy cake is a great way of using up pick-your-own raspberries
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Apple crumble loaf


(35 ratings)

A rustic fruit crumble cake with raisins and spice and a crunchy nutty topping - a spin on a classic
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Rock cakes


(42 ratings)

Traditional fruit buns with a robust texture and craggy surface - add your chosen dried fruit and spices
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Fruitcake with apricot butter icing


(4 ratings)

This delicious light fruit sponge is packed with storecupboard staples like nuts and dried fruit, it's also budget-friendly...
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Battenberg cake


(26 ratings)

Sarah Cook's traditional Battenberg cake is a delicious project for an afternoon in the kitchen
  • 3 hours
  • Easy



(40 ratings)

Parkin is a traditional sponge cake from Northern England flavoured with syrupy molasses, oatmeal and ginger. A lovely teatime treat!
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Fruity simnel squares


(19 ratings)

This easy twist on the classic fruit sponge makes plenty of squares - all decorated with marzipan eggs
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy


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