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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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  • Utterly nutterly caramel layer cake

    Utterly nutterly caramel layer cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.13 ratings

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

  • Digger cake

    Digger cake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.14 ratings

    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

  • Sticky upside-down banana cake

    Sticky upside-down banana cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.27 ratings

    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

  • Strawberry & elderflower gateau served on a cake stand

    Strawberry & elderflower gateau

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.16 ratings

    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

  • Orange berry wedding cake

    Orange berry wedding cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.10 ratings

    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

  • Pimm's cake

    Pimm's cake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.19 ratings

    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

  • Raspberry caramel ombre cake

    Raspberry caramel ombre cake

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.16 ratings

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

  • Summer party cake 2016

    Summer party cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.13 ratings

    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 shortbread

  • English rose cake

    English rose cake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.12 ratings

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

  • Hidden heart cake

    Hidden heart cake

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.12 ratings

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

  • Chocolate drizzle & truffle torte

    Chocolate drizzle & truffle torte

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.7 ratings

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

  • Christmas tree-shaped cake topped with meringues and biscuits

    White forest Christmas tree traybake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.11 ratings

    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

  • Raspberry red velvet cake

    Raspberry red velvet cake

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.12 ratings

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

  • Blood orange & olive oil bundt cake

    Blood orange & olive oil bundt cake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.15 ratings

    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

  • A salted caramel pear cake with rosemary on a cake stand

    Salted caramel pear cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.6 ratings

    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.

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