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.

14 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

You don’t need to be an engineer to make this impressive construction site birthday cake, just a few toys, some chocolate coated wafer bars and a little creative flair

45 mins
Easy
24 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Edd Kimber gives us an irresistible new take on the seventies classic. This stunning upside-down cake makes a great cooking project for teen cooks

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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16 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Make this stunning strawberry and elderflower gateau in just 30 minutes. As well as looking amazing, it tastes as good as anything from a top-end patisserie

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A stunning cake that will impress everyone at your wedding. With a little practice this deliciously moist cake can easily be perfect. Don't be shy

6 hrs
A challenge
17 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Yes, you read right, Pimm's in cake form. Smooth strawberry and lemon buttercream coupled with cucumber essence make this the ultimate taste of summer

1 hr and 30 mins
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16 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

This stunning layer cake with coloured cream cheese frosting is perfect for a birthday, wedding or other special occasion

2 hrs and 10 mins
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11 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This generous cake is big enough to feed a crowd and is a combination of all our favourite summer ingredients: strawberries, Victoria sponge, meringues, fresh cream, white chocolate and buttery…

1 hr and 10 mins
A challenge
Vegetarian
11 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

A stunning floral layer cake, flavoured with rosewater and layered up with vanilla cream, raspberry icing and crystallised petals

1 hr and 55 mins
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12 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Slice into this delicious loaf cake and reveal the secret heart design running through the middle - a really romantic bake!

3 hrs and 10 mins
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7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Rich, decadent and utterly delicious - this classic recipe never fails to impress

1 hr and 20 mins
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11 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Get ahead at Christmas with this showstopping cake boasting white chocolate, cherries and festive spice. You can bake the sponges, meringues and biscuits the day before assembling

5 hrs
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Vegetarian
12 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Puréed fruit imparts much of the colouring in this rosy hued cake, that combines raspberries, cocoa and a good helping of cream cheese frosting

55 mins
Easy
7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

The warmth of coffee and chilli combine beautifully with chocolate in this impressive dinner party dessert, finish with double cream

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
13 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Using a bundt tin, gives a stunning effect to this zesty cake with light olive oil sponge and decadent white chocolate and blood orange glaze 

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Bake a cake that has it all: moist, fragrant sponge, silky Italian meringue, tahini buttercream and sharp pear-laced salted caramel. Serve with a cup of tea.

1 hr and 50 mins
A challenge
Vegetarian
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