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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.

42 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
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11 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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
1,047 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

You can have a batch of scones on the table in 20 minutes with Jane Hornby's storecupboard recipe, perfect for unexpected guests

15 mins
Easy
802 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Add a touch of fun to your party with these edible flag-shaped cookies - ice in your favourite colours

1 hr
More effort
33 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs
Easy
12 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

5 mins
Easy
76 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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
15 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Few desserts say summer like Eton mess. Crunchy meringue, whipped cream and strawberry sauce is a winning combination, best served al fresco

1 hr and 35 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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
4 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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
8 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Hoel Levieil from London restaurant Frizzante shares this picnic-friendly pork pie recipe, which was voted our users’ favourite Jubilee recipe idea

1 hr and 28 mins
Easy
324 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

55 mins
Easy
45 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A retro twist to a childhood favourite - learn how to make fairy cakes then decorate for any occasion

55 mins
More effort
71 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A simple classic that everyone can enjoy. Perfect on a hot summer's day

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
43 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2,276 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
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

37 mins
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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 hr
More effort
250 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

35 mins
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
Easy
24 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 20 mins
Easy
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