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Retro dessert recipes

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Travel back in time with some classic British desserts. These nostalgic favourites include Swiss rolls, Black Forest gateau, profiteroles and banoffee pie.


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  • 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

  • Black Forest gateau

    Black Forest gateau

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.99 ratings

    Impress your guests with this chocolate cherry layered cream cake - a revamped version of a retro classic.

  • A plate serving pineapple & cherry sponge with coconut rum custard

    Pineapple & cherry sponge with coconut rum custard

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Combine the classic flavours of coconut, pineapple and rum in this retro pudding that comes with a fabulous custard. A perfect winter dining centrepiece

  • Manchester tart cut into slices

    Manchester tart

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    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

  • Chocolate orange marble cake

    Chocolate orange marble cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.75 ratings

    For a deliciously nostalgic cake, combine a classic flavour combination of orange and chocolate in this retro two-tone bake

  • Blancmange with berries on plate


    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Our easy blancmange uses only a handful of thrifty ingredients. This retro, milky dessert is infused with lemon and can be topped with juicy fresh berries.

  • Easy cornflake tart cut into slices and served with custard

    Easy cornflake tart

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.42 ratings

    Make this cornflake cake for a fabulously easy family dessert that uses simple ingredients. With a pastry case and jam base, it's delicious served with custard

  • Bread and butter pudding

    Bread and butter pudding

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.52 ratings

    Transform a stale loaf into a comforting bread and butter pudding. This traditional British dessert is layered with a rich vanilla custard, dried fruit and lemon zest

  • Pink jam slice

    Pink jam slice

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.25 ratings

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

  • Mum's best profiteroles


    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.70 ratings

    Award-winning writer, Fiona Beckett, shares her recipe for this classic 1970s dessert

  • Classic Arctic roll

    Classic Arctic roll

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    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

  • Two floating islands served in dessert glasses

    Floating islands

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.6 ratings

    Whip up some floating islands at your next dinner party, the retro-cool French dessert featuring crème anglaise, meringue and caramel

  • Sticky toffee pear pudding 2016

    Sticky toffee pear pudding

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.27 ratings

    A lighter version of sticky toffee pudding, rich with dates and spices, and the juicy texture of poached pears, this vegan dessert is sure to please a crowd

  • Spotted dick

    Spotted dick

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.25 ratings

    Steam a traditional fruity sponge pudding with suet, citrus zest and currants then serve in thick slices with hot custard

  • Fresh raspberry jelly

    Fresh raspberry jelly

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.5 ratings

    This make-ahead summer dessert is bursting with intense fruity flavour - set in a classic jelly mould for a retro dinner party centrepiece

  • Mini banoffee pies

    Mini banoffee pies

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.19 ratings

    Go retro with this easy and ever-popular dessert that's been given a smart dinner party makeover

  • Treacle tart cut into slices

    Treacle tart

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.13 ratings

    Treat family and friends to a comforting treacle tart with crumbly pastry and rich filling. A classic British dessert, serve with ice cream or clotted cream

  • Cherry, rose & pistachio pavlova traybake

    Cherry, rose & pistachio pavlova traybake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Take this retro meringue dessert to another level by adding edible flower petals, coconut cream, fruit and nuts for even more texture

  • Black Forest brownies

    Black Forest brownies

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.7 ratings

    These easy-to-make, fudgy brownies, complete with retro decoration, marry a much-loved flavour pairing of cherry and chocolate

  • 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

  • Next level bakewell tart cut into slices

    Next level bakewell tart

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.8 ratings

    Serve for dessert or as an afternoon tea, the bakewell tart is a baking classic. We've upped the ante to make the crumbliest pastry and fabulous frangipane

  • Berry crumble with spoon in dish

    Frozen fruit crumble

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.8 ratings

    Use up a thrifty bag of frozen fruit with our easy, family-sized crumble. Serve with vanilla ice cream, custard or cream for a delicious dessert

  • Battenberg cake

    Battenberg cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.38 ratings

    Our traditional Battenberg cake is a delicious project for an afternoon in the kitchen. Bake this easy but impressive cake for a special occasion

  • Eton mess stacks

    Eton mess stacks

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.6 ratings

    We love individual puddings, they add a certain 'Je ne sais quoi' to an occasion. And these fab little meringues are definitely an occasion pudding


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