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Spring baking recipes

Try one of our favourite spring baking recipes, bursting with seasonal flavours. Try a classic carrot cake, a rhubarb and custard sponge or a simnel-spiced traybake.

8 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Put a twist on the classic American monkey bread with Easter flavours. It’s made to be pulled apart and eaten with your hands – like a monkey would!

2 hrs and 5 mins
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Vegetarian
43 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Bake this classic Easter simnel cake. Top with 11 balls of marzipan – said to represent 11 of Jesus’s disciples, leaving off Judas – or with spring flowers

2 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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245 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Top this classic carrot cake with moreish icing and chopped walnuts or pecans. Serve as a sweet treat with a cup of tea any time of the day.

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

This rhubarb sponge with orange and lemon zest can be served warm with a dollop of crème fraîche or cool as a cake - a spring dessert or afternoon tea treat

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2,489 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

It's difficult not to demolish this classic lemon drizzle in just one sitting, so why not make two at once?

45 mins
Easy
13 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Indulge in a slice of lemon cake for afternoon tea. With lovely light sponge layers, a citrus zing offsets the rich and creamy soft cheese icing

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

Pretty pink fruit ripples through this light sponge cake with crunchy crumble topping - a spin on classic comfort baking

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

Follow master baker Paul Hollywood's ultimate step-by-step guide to creating perfectly decorated fruit buns

50 mins
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219 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This recipe tastes even better with homegrown rhubarb

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
31 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Create the perfect cookie with a soft, chewy centre and crisp outer edge. Mini eggs, white and dark chocolate chunks make them an indulgent Easter treat

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Celebrate Easter with our stunning simnel loaf cake. Hidden marzipan along with a toasted marzipan and cherry decoration makes this a showstopper dessert

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
8 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This indulgent spring bread and butter pudding is full of seasonal rhubarb and rich ricotta, perfect for entertaining a crowd with a sweet tooth

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

A universal favourite, in cookie form! Give your standard carrot cake an upgrade with these bite-sized, biscuity treats 

50 mins
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3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

This stunning Easter bake has pink and yellow squares of light sponge, sandwiched with apricot jam and is topped with balls of marzipan

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

Good Food reader, Win Morgan shares her recipe for this traditional Welsh tea bread loaf with mixed spice - serve sliced and spread with butter

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
21 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

An irresistible almond sponge, studded with juicy cherries and chocolate chunks, that'll keep in your cake tin for a few days - if it lasts that long!

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

A sticky and delicious sponge with decorative candied carrot topping - enjoy a slice with a cup of coffee or tea

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
45 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Make the most of seasonal fruit in this rustic bake with almond topping - serve it warm from the oven, as a pudding, or with afternoon tea

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This teatime treat is a cross between a fruity spring-like Simnel cake and a Bakewell tart - great with a cuppa

1 hr and 50 mins
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