Layered lemon and elderflower cake topped with flowers

Showstopping cake recipes

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

59 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 25 mins
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Vegetarian
4 ratings 3.3 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 55 mins
Easy
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190 ratings 3.3 out of 5 star rating

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

3 hrs
A challenge
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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

2 hrs and 30 mins
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12 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 55 mins
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15 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs
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Vegetarian
15 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 35 mins
A challenge
42 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 35 mins
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16 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 15 mins
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6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

5 hrs and 10 mins
A challenge
23 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Give this celebration sponge a showstopping finish by piping spikes of ganache on top and filling with salted caramel butter icing

2 hrs
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10 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 55 mins
A challenge
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
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Vegetarian
31 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 45 mins
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Vegetarian
18 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

3 hrs
A challenge
16 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 30 mins
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7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs
A challenge
30 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
11 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs
Easy
Vegetarian
20 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 45 mins
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Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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