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.

2,536 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
21 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A moist sponge made from banana, apple, carrots and mango, topped with a fruity cream cheese frosting

1 hr
Easy
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35 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This simple traybake is inspired by one of our favourite brews - chai. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, this moist coconut sponge is the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
52 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

Coffee mornings were made for this moreish cappuccino cake, and it's ready in under an hour

55 mins
Easy
33 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Perfect for a bake sale, kid's party or sweet afternoon snack, these iced cupcakes are the simplest sponges around and can be decorated as you like

37 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
660 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
84 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A brilliant combination of two great puddings - sponge and crumble - try reader Bridie Bannon's fruity traybake

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

This sticky, crumbly bake is irresistible - it's a pudding straight from the tin

1 hr
Easy
154 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This lovely crumbly bake won the under-11s category of our 20th birthday cake competition

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
13 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Upside-down cakes make a great tea party centrepiece. This peachy Victorian sponge is definitely no exception

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
44 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Perfect for a party, this rainbow-speckled cake screams 'celebrate'! Pipe creamy vanilla icing and scatter over sprinkles for a showstopping cake that adults and kids will love

1 hr
More effort
Vegetarian
69 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
46 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
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