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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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  • Dotty banana fairy cakes

    Dotty banana fairy cakes

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.46 ratings

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

  • Lemon drizzle cake loaf on a pretty platter

    Lemon drizzle cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.2580 ratings

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

  • Linda’s fruity traybake

    Fruity traybake

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.21 ratings

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

  • Coconut chai traybake

    Coconut chai traybake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.36 ratings

    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

  • Two squares of cappuccino cake topped with frosting and coffee beans

    Cappuccino traybake

    A star rating of 3.6 out of 5.52 ratings

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

  • Fairy cakes being iced

    Fairy cakes

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.33 ratings

    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

  • Raspberry bakewell cake

    Raspberry bakewell cake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.668 ratings

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

  • Raspberry & apple crumble squares

    Raspberry & apple crumble squares

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.88 ratings

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

  • Blackberry & coconut squares

    Blackberry & coconut squares

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.157 ratings

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

  • Upside-down peaches & cream cake

    Upside-down peaches & cream cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.13 ratings

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

  • Funfetti cake

    Funfetti cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.45 ratings

    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

  • Sugar & spice rock cakes

    Rock cakes

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.71 ratings

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

  • Dundee cake

    Dundee cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.46 ratings

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

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