Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on a cake stand

Classic cake recipes

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

171 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Top this classic carrot cake with moreish icing and chopped walnuts or pecans. Serve as a sweet treat with a cup of tea any time of the day.

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

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

1 hr
Easy
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2,330 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

It's difficult not to demolish this classic lemon drizzle in just one sitting, so why not make two at once?

45 mins
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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 hrs and 25 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
250 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
96 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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
188 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

The classic Victoria sandwich is always a teatime winner – every bite brings a taste of nostalgia

40 mins
Easy
98 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

The classic combo is made extra sumptuous with mascarpone frosting - a traditional sponge for cake sales and parties

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
306 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hr
More effort
222 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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
1,344 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

A cross between banana bread and a drizzle cake, this easy banana loaf recipe is a quick bake that can be frozen. It's great for using up overripe bananas, too.

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

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

47 mins
Easy
148 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 20 mins
Easy
227 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Squidgy and super moreish, these gorgeous foolproof fruity chocolate bakes will be snapped up in seconds

50 mins
Easy
37 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A famous traditional Scottish fruitcake with cherries, sultanas and almonds, and a sweet glaze

2 hrs and 20 mins
Easy
5 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
More effort
121 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A classic English sponge cake, delicately flavoured with lemon and almond - perfect for afternoon tea.

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
21 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Soured cream makes for a light and moist pretty, ring-shaped cake that's offset by a creamy, crunchy drizzle

1 hr
Easy
632 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
41 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A rustic fruit crumble cake with raisins and spice and a crunchy nutty topping - a spin on a classic

1 hr and 15 mins
More effort
58 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Our easy, traditional rock cake recipe is the ideal afternoon treat. These simple fruit buns are a great storecupboard bake that everyone will enjoy

40 mins
Easy
4 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

This delicious light fruit sponge is packed with storecupboard staples like nuts and dried fruit, it's also budget-friendly

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
35 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Our traditional Battenberg cake is a delicious project for an afternoon in the kitchen. Bake this easy but impressive cake for a special occasion

3 hrs
Easy
49 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Parkin is a traditional ginger cake from Northern England flavoured with syrupy molasses, oatmeal and warm spices. A lovely teatime treat!

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
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