Deliciously Simple Cake Recipes for Every Occasion

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Cupcakes

Our favorite recipe uses the all-in-one method, so everything is weighed out into a mixing bowl then beaten with an electric whisk until it all comes together. Ours are topped with a swirly two-tone buttercream frosting

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Banana bread

A great use-up for overripe bananas, this is a top choice of cake – it's not really bread. Our version takes it up a notch, with chocolate, nuts, orange zest and glacé cherries, for a beautifully moist cake. Serve it sliced and buttered.

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Red velvet cake

Although the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York began serving red velvet in the 1930s, it was very likely around before that. The signature red, light, tangy sponge, with thick layers of cream cheese frosting, makes a perfect celebration cake.

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Apple pie

It's better to use cooking apples for pie, as they become soft and fluffy in the oven. Our easy and tasty version is for a skillet or cast-iron frying-pan pie, where the apples are cooked in butter and cinnamon on the stovetop

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Lemon drizzle cake

Everyone loves a lemon drizzle, which dates back to the 1960s, with its mix of sweetness and tart, lemony acidity, with a welcome crunch from the drizzle. It's an easy cake to make and will keep for up to three days in an airtight container

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Chocolate brownies

A proper brownie has to be dense, intensely chocolatey, gooey and fudgy. Our ultimate brownie recipe has just five ingredients and is very simple to make. As a bonus, they taste amazing the day after baking

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Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is always a popular dish to serve in summer. It does need to be eaten warm from the oven, but you can prep ahead and keep the cut-out unbaked dough in the fridge for up to two hours before baking.

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Blueberry muffins

Better than anything you'd buy, homemade muffins hit the spot as an afternoon pick-me-up or a special weekend breakfast treat. A simple batter with added blueberries takes minutes to make.

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Bundt cake

Bundt refers to the tin it's baked in, rather than the cake. Its origins are in Germany, but it became popular in the US at the beginning of the 20th century. A bundt cake certainly bring wow factor to the table.

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Macarons

These gorgeous little bites of almond meringue with a creamy filling have been popular in France for centuries, way before chic French pâtisseries jumped on them. They are very expensive to buy

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Pineapple upside-down cake

This classic cake became popular in the US in the 1920s when a pineapple company ran a recipe competition. Here's our updated version with fresh pineapple, cooked in sticky caramel.

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Victoria sponge

A cake which has been around since the reign of Queen Victoria (and named after her), it's still an easy and much-loved treat today. Two light, airy sponge cakes are sandwiched together with raspberry jam and whipped cream

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