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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.

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  • 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

  • Sandwiches served on afternoon tea platter

    Afternoon tea sandwiches

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.10 ratings

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

  • Empire biscuits on a wire rack

    Empire biscuits

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.20 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

  • Scones with jam & clotted cream on a plate

    Classic scones with jam & clotted cream

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.1243 ratings

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

  • Victoria sponge cake on a plate with a slice cut out

    Classic Victoria sandwich recipe

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.963 ratings

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

  • Bunting biscuits

    Bunting biscuits

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.4 ratings

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

  • Battenberg cake

    Battenberg cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.38 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

  • A glass of Pimm's cocktail

    Pimm's

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.15 ratings

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

  • Mini sausage rolls on a board with tomato ketchup

    Mini sausage rolls

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.90 ratings

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

  • 3 dessert glasses serving Eton mess

    Eton mess

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.21 ratings

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

  • Egg & cress club sandwiches cut into triangles

    Egg & cress club sandwich

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.7 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

  • Tea & biscuits cheesecake bars served on a patterned board

    Tea & biscuits cheesecake bars

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.6 ratings

    What's better than dunking biscuits into tea? These ingenious tea and biscuits cheesecake bars capture that flavour sensation perfectly

  • Mini pork pies with piccalilli

    Mini pork pies with piccalilli

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.9 ratings

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

  • Pineapple upside-down-cake on a plate with slice taken out

    Pineapple upside-down cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.407 ratings

    This retro pineapple upside-down cake makes a fun centrepiece for afternoon tea and brings back many childhood memories

  • Glamorous fairy cakes

    Glamorous fairy cakes

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.46 ratings

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

  • Really easy lemonade

    Easy lemonade

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.84 ratings

    Try our easy recipe for homemade lemonade, using fresh lemon juice and sugar. A simple classic that everyone can enjoy on a hot summer's day.

  • A wire tray serving bakewell tarts

    Bakewell tarts

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.52 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

  • Lemon drizzle cake loaf on a pretty platter

    Lemon drizzle cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.2614 ratings

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

  • Coronation chicken scones

    Coronation chicken scones

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

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

  • Retro trifle in dessert glass

    Retro trifle

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.11 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

  • Smoked salmon Scotch eggs cut into two

    Smoked salmon Scotch eggs

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.7 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

  • Anzac biscuits

    Anzac biscuits

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.273 ratings

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

  • Wimbledon tea cake

    Giant scone cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

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

  • Cheese & Marmite sausage rolls

    Cheese & Marmite sausage rolls

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.29 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

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