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Old school cake recipes

45 Recipes

Throwback to your childhood with these retro favourites, perfect for a bake sale or afternoon tea. From old school sponges and traybakes to fruity roulades.

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  • White chocolate cake with icing and sweets

    White chocolate traybake

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.35 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

  • Tottenham cake with pink icing cut into squares

    Tottenham cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.4 ratings

    Treat yourself to a nostalgic vanilla and raspberry cake, first baked in the eponymous north London district in the late 1800s, and still a British favourite

  • Chocolate cake with decorations and sprinkles

    Chocolate traybake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.31 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

  • Mini Victoria sponges on a cake stand

    Mini victoria sponges

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Make these bite-sized victoria sponges for a special afternoon tea or birthday celebration. Choose your favourite jam for the filling, then add whipped cream

  • Baked Alaska on a cake stand

    Baked alaska

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Make this retro dessert for a festive get-together. With ice cream, fluffy meringue and sponge cake, it's a showstopper – and it's easier to make than it looks

  • School-days sprinkle sponge cut into squares

    School-days sprinkle sponge

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.55 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

  • Manchester tart cut into slices

    Manchester tart

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.2 ratings

    End dinner on a retro note with this Manchester tart recipe. It's easy enough to make midweek, and with a pastry base and custard filling, it's also super-comforting

  • 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 5.271 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 5.206 ratings

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

  • A selection of rhubarb & custard sandwich biscuits

    Rhubarb & custard sandwich biscuits

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.10 ratings

    Combine two retro treats in one delicious bite. These rhubarb and custard biscuits have a jammy centre, to bring a touch of nostalgia to an afternoon tea or bake sale

  • Retro trifle in dessert glass

    Retro trifle

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.13 ratings

    Take trifle to the next level for the festive season. Make the jelly with raspberries and enrich the custard with clotted cream for ultra indulgence

  • 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 5.131 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 5.8 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

  • Iced fairy cakes

    Iced fairy cakes

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.85 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

  • Jelly & custard trifle cut into squares in baking tin

    Jelly & custard trifle squares

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Create this retro jelly and custard trifle using cheat’s ingredients. It’s a completely make-ahead dessert, so ideal for a stress-free get together

  • 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 4 out of 5.27 ratings

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

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