Traybake with fruit arranged in British flag colours

VE Day recipes

39 Recipes

Celebrate Victory in Europe Day on 8 May with our retro bakes and other treats for a special afternoon tea. From sponge cakes and scones to sandwiches and sausage rolls, we've got plenty of ideas.

Fruity flag traybake

4.90476

(42 ratings)

A fail-safe sponge that's easier than it looks - almonds and yoghurt keep it moist while its fruity decoration is suitably patriotic...
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Afternoon tea sandwiches

4.714285

(7 ratings)

Keep the whole family happy this summer with a delicious spread of sandwiches, perfect for an afternoon tea or buffet
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Empire biscuits

3.88889

(9 ratings)

Make a batch of these easy empire biscuits and enjoy with a cuppa. Sandwich with raspberry jam and top with thick icing and a glacé cherry to finish
  • 47 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Classic Victoria sandwich recipe

4.62714

(759 ratings)

The perfect party cake, a Victoria sponge is a traditional bake everyone will love. Makes an easy wedding cake too
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Bunting biscuits

4.4

(5 ratings)

Add a touch of fun to your party with these edible flag-shaped cookies - ice in your favourite colours
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Battenberg cake

4.548385

(31 ratings)

Our traditional Battenberg cake is a delicious project for an afternoon in the kitchen. Bake this easy but impressive cake for a special occasion
  • 3 hours
  • Easy

Pimm's

4.9

(10 ratings)

A true taste of summer, serve this fruity punch with fresh mint leaves, cucumber, orange and strawberries
  • 5 mins
  • Easy

Mini sausage rolls

4.74648

(71 ratings)

Everybody's favourite party food. John Torode's trick is to add water to the sausage mix, which makes the pastry puff up...
  • 55 mins
  • Easy

Eton mess

4.46154

(13 ratings)

Few desserts say summer like Eton mess. Crunchy meringue, whipped cream and strawberry sauce is a winning combination, best served al fresco
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Egg & cress club sandwich

5

(4 ratings)

Enjoy these toasted egg and cress club sandwiches as part of a summer family picnic. Skewer each sandwich with a sandwich pick and serve with crisps
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Tea & biscuits cheesecake bars

4

(3 ratings)

What's better than dunking biscuits into tea? These ingenious tea and biscuits cheesecake bars capture that flavour sensation perfectly...
  • 50 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Mini pork pies with piccalilli

5

(8 ratings)

Hoel Levieil from London restaurant Frizzante shares this picnic-friendly pork pie recipe, which was voted our users’ favourite Jubilee recipe idea
  • 1 hour and 28 mins
  • Easy

Pineapple upside-down cake

4.728475

(302 ratings)

Retro rocks. This classic pineapple upside-down cake makes a fun centrepiece for afternoon tea and brings back many childhood memories.
  • 55 mins
  • Easy

Glamorous fairy cakes

4.82222

(45 ratings)

A retro twist to a childhood favourite - learn how to make fairy cakes then decorate for any occasion
  • 55 mins
  • More effort

Really easy lemonade

4.546875

(64 ratings)

A simple classic that everyone can enjoy. Perfect on a hot summer's day...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Bakewell tarts

4

(37 ratings)

Use shop-bought pastry to make our easy bakewell tarts. Simply layer jam, frangipane and icing inside a shortcrust case for a nostalgic teatime treat
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lemon drizzle cake

4.68883

(2211 ratings)

It's difficult not to demolish this classic by Tana Ramsay in just one sitting, so why not make two at once?...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Coronation chicken scones

5

(2 ratings)

What could be more British than this scone and coronation chicken combo? Ideal for a summer party or picnic
  • 37 mins
  • Easy

Retro trifle

5

(4 ratings)

Take trifle to the next level for the festive season. Make the jelly with raspberries and enrich the custard with clotted cream for ultra indulgence
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Smoked salmon Scotch eggs

4.833335

(6 ratings)

Smoked salmon and eggs is a cracking breakfast combination – take it to the next level with these Scotch eggs, flavoured with herbs, capers, lemon and cayenne...
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Anzac biscuits

4.51793

(251 ratings)

These iconic biscuits were originally made to send to the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) serving in Gallipoli
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Giant scone cake

5

(2 ratings)

Serve this giant scone in slices for a simply ace afternoon tea treat, filled with fresh strawberries and fluffy whipped cream
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Cheese & Marmite sausage rolls

4.933335

(15 ratings)

Love Marmite? We’re staking our bets on these being the best sausage rolls you’ve ever tasted. Cut them into mini portions as a canapé or keep them longer for a filling lunch...
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy

Lemon & lavender fondant fancies

5

(3 ratings)

Elegant sponge squares that are petite and pretty as a picture - impress with light flavours and silky butter icing
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • A challenge

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