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Old school cake recipes

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Get your retro baking hat on with our collection of old school sponges, traybakes and fairy cakes. These childhood favourites are perfect for a bake sale or afternoon tea.

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  • White chocolate cake with icing and sweets

    White chocolate traybake

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.34 ratings

    Bake our easy white chocolate traybake with creamy icing and get creative with toppings. These bite-sized cakes are ideal for sharing or bake sales

  • Chocolate cake with decorations and sprinkles

    Chocolate traybake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.28 ratings

    This American-style chocolate traybake is super-easy, can be prepared in advance and cuts into even portions. It's perfect for birthday parties or bake sales

  • School-days sprinkle sponge cut into squares

    School-days sprinkle sponge

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.35 ratings

    Fancy a trip down memory lane? This classic school-days sprinkle sponge will do the trick. Serve as an afternoon treat, or for dessert with warm custard

  • Sticky banana & maple cake

    Sticky banana & maple cake

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.14 ratings

    This childhood favourite is sticky, indulgent and completely moreish

  • Cherry bakewell cake

    Cherry bakewell cake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.265 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

  • Raspberry ripple cake

    Raspberry ripple cake

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.12 ratings

    Rainy day? Get the kids in the kitchen and have some fun making this fruity, fun cake

  • Easy vanilla cake

    Easy vanilla cake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.201 ratings

    A moist cake drenched with vanilla syrup. Use as the basis for a range of fabulous celebration cakes

  • Sticky chocolate drop cakes

    Sticky chocolate drop cakes

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.78 ratings

    This easy-to-make bake will keep somewhere cool in an airtight tin for up to two days

  • A cake stand serving a sponge cake filled with lemon curd and whipped cream

    Sponge cake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.125 ratings

    Choose your favourite filling for this easy sponge cake – we've opted for lemon curd and whipped cream, but you could have jam. Perfect for afternoon tea.

  • Chocolate Swiss roll cut into slices

    Chocolate Swiss roll

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    This nostalgic dessert can be made a day ahead. Fill with a vanilla cream, dust with icing sugar to finish and serve in slices

  • Swiss roll with slice cut on board with coffee

    Swiss roll

    A star rating of 3.3 out of 5.45 ratings

    The ultimate nostalgic treat, make your own Swiss roll sponge with fruity strawberry jam filling. This easy dessert is great for entertaining and birthday parties.

  • Iced fairy cakes

    Iced fairy cakes

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.82 ratings

    Teach 8-14 year olds how to make fairy cakes and guarantee a fun kitchen activity

  • Classic sponge sandwich

    Classic sponge sandwich

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.80 ratings

    Want to know how to make a sponge cake? This nostalgic Victoria cake will provide you with a versatile go-to version

  • Glamorous fairy cakes

    Glamorous fairy cakes

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.46 ratings

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

  • Peach Melba roulade

    Peach Melba roulade

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.5 ratings

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

  • Chocolate fudge cake

    Chocolate fudge cake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.155 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

  • Pink jam slice

    Pink jam slice

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.25 ratings

    A pretty in pink traybake sponge with retro marble icing and a layer of raspberry jam

  • Upside-down peach sponge

    Upside-down peach sponge

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.14 ratings

    A moist, fruity cake which is perfect for an afternoon tea with friends

  • Chocolate marble cake with slice taken out

    Chocolate marble cake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.484 ratings

    Marble cake is a classic childhood cooking memory. Whether using lurid colours for a psychedelic finish, or just chocolate and vanilla, it's a teatime treat

  • Tropical upside-down cake served on a square plate

    Tropical upside-down cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Update the retro upside-down cake with the sunny flavours of coconut, lime and a splash of coconut rum – it gives the cake a glorious boozy edge

  • Slices of yummy scrummy carrot cake on brown baking paper

    Carrot cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.1189 ratings

    Delight friends with an afternoon tea that includes this easy carrot cake. You can bake the cake, freeze it and just drizzle over the icing on the day

  • Battenberg cake

    Battenberg cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.38 ratings

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

  • Chocolate sponge with hot chocolate custard

    Chocolate sponge with hot chocolate custard

    A star rating of 3.6 out of 5.11 ratings

    This rich, sticky chocolate cake is given a low-fat 'bakeover', then served with chocolate custard for a perfect retro, weekend pud

  • Coconut & mango sponge

    Coconut & mango sponge

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.44 ratings

    This thrifty traybake sponge used canned fruit and coconut yogurt. Cut into squares and serve up at a party or cake sale

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