Sponge traybake cake with a white chocolate icing and smarties

Old school cake recipes

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.

32 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
21 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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14 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

This childhood favourite is sticky, indulgent and completely moreish

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
248 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
11 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
188 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
78 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
Easy
83 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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.

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
28 ratings 3.2 out of 5 star rating

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.

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
62 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
78 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
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
More effort
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
146 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
23 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
13 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
413 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
1,119 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
34 ratings 4.5 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
11 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
36 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
44 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

These sweet banana cakes are lovely and simple to make for a bake sale or children's party

1 hr
Easy
2,298 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
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