Black forest arctic roll with red spots

Retro cake recipes

34 Recipes

Freshly baked traditional treats.

Black forest arctic roll


(1 rating)

Make the ultimate retro pudding mash-up, a combination of arctic roll meets black forest gateau, complete with chocolate sponge and an ice cream centre
  • 53 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Chocolate bread & butter pudding


(3 ratings)

Give bread and butter pudding a makeover with pinwheel swirls, a marmalade glaze and the double-chocolate treatment. Easy comfort food for a lazy weekend
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Classic Arctic roll


(1 rating)

Follow our step-by-step guide to this retro frozen dessert of vanilla ice cream wrapped in a light sponge cake, with homemade strawberry jam
  • 55 mins
  • More effort

Glamorous fairy cakes


(44 ratings)

A retro twist to a childhood favourite - learn how to make fairy cakes then decorate for any occasion
  • 55 mins
  • More effort

Lemon & lavender fondant fancies


(3 ratings)

Elegant sponge squares that are petite and pretty as a picture - impress with light flavours and silky butter icing
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • A challenge

Jam roly-poly


(42 ratings)

This jam roly-poly is simple to make, comforting and sure to bring back memories of traditional school dinners
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Rock cakes


(37 ratings)

Traditional fruit buns with a robust texture and craggy surface - add your chosen dried fruit and spices
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Chocolate orange marble cake


(40 ratings)

For a deliciously nostalgic cake, combine a classic flavour combination of orange and chocolate in this retro two-tone bake
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy

Dundee cake


(26 ratings)

A famous traditional Scottish fruitcake with cherries, sultanas and almonds, and a sweet glaze
  • 2 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

Battenberg cake


(24 ratings)

Sarah Cook's traditional Battenberg cake is a delicious project for an afternoon in the kitchen
  • 3 hours
  • Easy

Madeira loaf cake


(79 ratings)

A classic English sponge cake, delicately flavoured with lemon and almond - perfect for afternoon tea
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy



(39 ratings)

Parkin is a traditional sponge cake from Northern England flavoured with syrupy molasses, oatmeal and ginger. A lovely teatime treat!
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Eccles cake


(12 ratings)

A new take on the traditional pastry, this cake will go down well on any occasion
  • 2 hours and 5 mins
  • Easy

Apple crumble loaf


(31 ratings)

A rustic fruit crumble cake with raisins and spice and a crunchy nutty topping - a spin on a classic
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Cherry & almond tarts


(8 ratings)

These mini Bakewell bites combine pastry and cake are designed for making in batches and cooking from frozen
  • 55 mins
  • Easy

Granny's Victoria sponge


(117 ratings)

The classic Victoria sandwich is always a teatime winner, every bite brings a taste of nostalgia
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Date & ginger malt loaf


(11 ratings)

A dark, sticky and lightly spiced cake that merges Jamaican ginger cake with sticky toffee pudding and malt loaf
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • Easy

Eton mess scones


(1 rating)

Take the classic strawberry, clotted cream and meringue combo and serve it on easy-to-make scones- irresistible
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Sticky toffee puddings


(19 ratings)

MasterChef's Gregg Wallace shares his sumptuous recipe for the classic sticky toffee pudding
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Fruity simnel squares


(18 ratings)

This easy twist on the classic fruit sponge makes plenty of squares - all decorated with marzipan eggs
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Boozy coffee & walnut cake


(47 ratings)

Boozy coffee and walnut cake is the perfect party sponge- serve at afternoon tea, cake sales and birthdays
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Bread pudding


(127 ratings)

This simple bake is lovely with tea, or custard or ice cream for dessert
  • 2 hours
  • Easy


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