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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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  • Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream served on a cake stand

    Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.6 ratings

    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

  • Chocolate & caramel layer cake

    Chocolate & caramel ombre cake

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.112 ratings

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

  • Hazelnut latte cake

    Hazelnut latte cake

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.28 ratings

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

  • 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.

  • White & dark chocolate cake

    White & dark chocolate cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.57 ratings

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

  • Chocolate & raspberry birthday layer cake served on a cake stand

    Chocolate & raspberry birthday layer cake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.70 ratings

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

  • Spiced walnut cake with a slice cut out

    Spiced walnut cake with pomegranate molasses frosting

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.5 ratings

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

  • Ultimate chocolate cake topped with chocolate curls

    Ultimate chocolate cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.1367 ratings

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

  • Mojito cake served on a cake stand

    Mojito cake

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.35 ratings

    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

  • Cookies & cream party cake

    Cookies & cream party cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.72 ratings

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

  • Fruity flag traybake

    Fruity flag traybake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.43 ratings

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

  • Chocolate cake topped with mini eggs and creme eggs

    Easter nest cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.40 ratings

    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

  • Easy caramel cake served on a cake stand

    Easy caramel cake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.60 ratings

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

  • Vanilla party cake

    Vanilla party cake

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.46 ratings

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

  • Gingerbread cake with caramel biscuit icing

    Gingerbread cake with caramel biscuit icing

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.35 ratings

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

  • Chocolate & almond marbled bundt cake

    Chocolate & almond marbled bundt cake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.45 ratings

    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

  • Double-the-love chocolate cake

    Double-the-love chocolate cake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.17 ratings

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

  • Victoria sponge loaf cake on a cake stand

    Victoria sponge loaf cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.20 ratings

    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

  • Giant jaffa orange cake

    Giant jaffa orange cake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.29 ratings

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

  • Strawberry & poppy seed cake

    Strawberry & poppy seed cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.22 ratings

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

  • Toasted marshmallow & ginger cake

    Toasted marshmallow & ginger cake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.10 ratings

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

  • Raspberry chocolate torte

    Raspberry chocolate torte

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.19 ratings

    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

  • Peek-a-boo battenberg cake

    Peek-a-boo battenberg cake

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.18 ratings

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

  • Peanut butter & chocolate cake

    Peanut butter & chocolate cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.20 ratings

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

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