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.

110 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

For the ultimate indulgence look no further than Sarah Cook's four-layered chocolate-caramel extravaganza

1 hr and 55 mins
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26 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Give coffee cake the ultimate upgrade - layer with chocolate hazelnut frosting, add a creamy topping and sprinkle with crushed nuts

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

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

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
56 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

For big celebrations this cake is a must, four layers of moist sponge, lashings of chocolate ganache and the crunch of Maltesers

1 hr
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52 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Who could resist our chocolate and raspberry cake? Like a Victoria sponge but better, try budget-friendly frozen raspberries for the cream

1 hr
Easy
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4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Bake our festive cake filled with walnuts for an alternative Christmas dessert. It's topped with a stunning pomegranate molasses frosting and candied walnuts

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
1,339 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Indulge yourself with this ultimate chocolate cake recipe that is beautifully moist, rich and fudgy. Perfect for a celebration or an afternoon tea

2 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
27 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Turn your favourite cocktail into a dessert with this mojito cake made with a lime, mint and white rum syrup and lime buttercream. It's a perfect party cake

1 hr and 5 mins
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70 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Stack up our best ever chocolate sponges and smother in an Oreo biscuit icing to make this towering celebration cake

1 hr and 50 mins
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43 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A fail-safe sponge that's easier than it looks - almonds and yoghurt keep it moist while its fruity decoration is suitably patriotic

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
39 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Bake a showstopping cake for Easter. This one is so easy and the kids can decorate it by filling the pretzel nest with their favourite chocolate eggs

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
46 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Need to make a celebration cake at short notice? This foolproof, showstopping caramel cake uses storecupboard ingredients and is quick to whip up

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
46 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Cover the light buttery sponge of this classic celebration cake with silky-smooth meringue buttercream and colourful edible polka dots

1 hr and 55 mins
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33 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This sumptuous Christmas bake is covered in a decadent icing, finished with gingerbread biscuits and dusted with desiccated coconut 'snow'

1 hr and 50 mins
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44 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Great British Bake Off's Ruby Tandoh creates a two-tone decorative sponge ring. Pick a patterned bundt cake tin for an extra-special finish

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
17 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A simple white chocolate buttercream looks great when it’s swirled over this gorgeous wedding cake – however roughly you do it

3 hrs and 50 mins
Easy
17 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Turn a loaf cake into a celebratory dessert with a bit of fresh cream and some strawberries. All the flavours of a traditional Victoria sponge are combined in this easy showstopper

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
27 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Give the classic flavour combo of chocolate orange even more wow factor in this cake with zingy jelly and luxurious chocolate ganache

1 hr and 40 mins
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21 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A light vanilla sponge dotted with seeds and sandwiched with orange frosting and fresh strawberries - heavenly

1 hr
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10 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Decorative Italian meringue masks a spicy, moist ginger cake layered with ginger buttercream- an amazing bake!

2 hrs and 10 mins
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18 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This cake takes the Austrian sachertorte to new heights. The raspberry filling adds a bright fruitiness that makes it seem far less rich than it really is. Serve in small slices

40 mins
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18 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A stunning rose and almond sponge in the distinctive checkered pattern, hidden in sweet marzipan icing

2 hrs and 20 mins
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20 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

The sweet and salty combo of peanut butter and chocolate make this cake irresistible - decorate with pretzels for added crunch

1 hr and 55 mins
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12 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

The toffee nut topping gives this sponge the edge- we used Brazil nuts, hazelnut, pecans and almonds

1 hr
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