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Showstopping cake recipes

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Make an impression with our showstopping bakes. From layered wedding cakes to fun birthday cakes, these spectacular sponges are perfect for any occasion.

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  • Elderflower & lemon celebration cake served on a cake stand and decorated with fresh flowers

    Lemon & elderflower celebration cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.75 ratings

    Decorate this simple elderflower and lemon cake with edible flowers for a showstopping celebration dessert. It's perfect for a wedding or birthday

  • Banana & custard cake

    Banana & custard drip cake

    A star rating of 3.3 out of 5.4 ratings

    With its retro flavour combination, bold drippy icing and piles of bright confectionery, this showstopping layered cake ticks all the trend boxes

  • Rainbow cake

    Rainbow layer cake

    A star rating of 3.3 out of 5.191 ratings

    A stunning celebration cake of six or seven colourful layers with soft cheese frosting – an impressive showstopper

  • Mirror glaze cake on a plate

    Mirror glaze cake

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Wow family and friends with a showstopping mirror glaze cake. Perfect for a birthday cake, we used pink, blue and purple food colourings for our glaze

  • Chocolate drip cake with flowers on stand

    Chocolate ganache drip cake

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.13 ratings

    Make this impressive chocolate ganache drip cake with Swiss meringue buttercream for a special occasion. This indulgent sponge is perfect for a celebration

  • Ultimate traditional Victoria sponge on a cake stand

    Ultimate traditional Victoria sponge

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.19 ratings

    Take the classic Victoria sponge cake to a whole new level by using crème diplomat in place of standard whipped cream, and sweet macerated berries

  • Unicorn-themed cake on a cake stand

    Unicorn cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Stop people in their tracks with a stunning unicorn cake. With a light sponge and salted caramel buttercream, it looks fabulous and tastes divine too

  • Toffee apple cake

    Toffee apple cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.15 ratings

    This showstopping bake is a celebration of classic apple desserts with spiced sponge, vanilla icing and a sticky caramel apple filling

  • Gravity-defying sweetie cake

    Gravity-defying sweetie cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.44 ratings

    Anti-gravity cakes are this year's must-have trend for birthdays or parties - this stunning Smartie cake will delight kids and grown-ups alike

  • Raspberry spice cake

    Raspberry spice cake

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.17 ratings

    A show-stopping layer cake of moist buttermilk sponge, jam, berries and cream cheese frosting - a real centrepiece

  • Frances Quinn’s Summer’s day wedding cake

    Frances Quinn’s Summer’s day wedding cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.6 ratings

    Frances creates her own version of the latest bridal trend - the 'naked' cake. She skips the traditional fondant icing for mascarpone seasonal berries.

  • Polka-dot strawberry cake

    Polka-dot strawberry cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.10 ratings

    Feeling ambitious enough to take on this showstopping bake? With its decorative sponge and fruit topping, it has real wow factor

  • Funfetti cake

    Funfetti cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.46 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

  • A gin & tonic cake on a cake stand, garnished with cucumber ribbons

    Gin & tonic cake

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.32 ratings

    Fan of gin & tonic? What could be better than your favourite tipple in cake form? A fabulous showstopper for afternoon tea or a summer celebration

  • Malted chocolate drizzle & honeycomb cake

    Chocolate drip cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.19 ratings

    This malted drip cake is smothered in cream cheese icing and drizzled with a dark chocolate ganache – a stunning multi-layered centrepiece for a big occasion

  • Rainbow zebra cake served on a cake stand with candles

    Rainbow zebra cake

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.19 ratings

    Celebrate our 30th birthday with us – or your own special occasion – with this impressive rainbow sponge. Iced with buttercream and topped with coloured sprinkles, it's a cake that has the wow factor

  • A chocolate birthday cake, with a slice removed, on a cake stand

    Vegan birthday cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.13 ratings

    Bake a plant-based version of a chocolate fudge cake for a birthday party. Everyone can enjoy it, including guests who have a dairy intolerance or egg allergies

  • Mermaid cake with a slice cut out

    Mermaid cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.7 ratings

    Create a cake with the wow factor with our colourful ombre mermaid. It's a baking challenge but makes a magical party cake for kids and grown-ups alike

  • Rosewater & raspberry sponge cake

    Rosewater & raspberry sponge cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.30 ratings

    Eloise Shardlow creates a delicate, floral twist on the classic sponge cake. Dried rose petals, rose icing and raspberries make for a showstopping decoration

  • Spiced hummingbird cake served on a cake stand

    Spiced hummingbird cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.14 ratings

    This showstopping celebration cake tastes of summer, with pineapple and banana flavours, tangy cream cheese frosting and delicate edible flowers

  • Chocolate volcano cake with sparkler on tray

    Volcano cake

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.6 ratings

    Make our spectacular exploding volcano cake complete with eruption effect for a showstopping children's treat. Decorate with chocolate and sweets

  • Triple chocolate & peanut butter layer cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.22 ratings

    Make a showstopping cake this Easter. Top chocolate sponge with peanut butter frosting, ganache drip, pretzel bark and chocolate eggs for a divine dessert

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