I have a secret confession to make. I have (whisper it) yet to bake a cake. But now I have no excuse. Presenting 20 sublime, simple recipes to make you and me into a Prue or Paul. We have the buttercream of the cake-baking world: Jeremy Lee, Yotam Ottolenghi, Benjamina Ebuehi. There’s Meera Sodha’s salted miso brownies, Nigella Lawson’s birthday custard sponge, Anna Jones’s cardamom and carrot cake. There are cupcakes, sheet bakes, strawberry and cream cakes. And they are all, honestly, easy. I might have to buy an apron. It’s nearly time for tea. Ready. Steady. Bake!
These citrussy little bakes are perfect for any special occasion.
Zesty and wonderfully simple to create – try serving it as a pud with rhubarb and custard.
Syrup-sweet and golden little cakes, with citrus overtones, to cheer any afternoon tea break.
A fresh and summery bake, inspired by the aromatic flavours of Indian sweets.
This simplest of traybakes, packing a coconut punch, really delivers on the comfort-food front.
The ricotta gives this hassle-free bake a moist, creamy depth, complemented by mood-lifting lemon.
A fudgy, sweet and salty showstopper to add the wow factor to any party table.
A versatile recipe that makes a moist teatime loaf but works equally well as a mini cake.
A cake full of the flavours of a summer afternoon tea, rounded off by a rich, almondy kick.
Little crowdpleasers, easily adapted to suit all diets, these are super-moist and packed with goodness.
Richly infused with the author’s childhood memories, this simple and fruity pound cake is an everyday treat.
A caffeine-rich loaf, simply embellished with icing and a scattering of walnuts – just add a cup of tea.
No need to stress over decorating this bake – let a bundt tin do the work. Just add a dollop of boozy cream before eating.
The decorating is as easy as the baking in this custard-flavoured celebration cake.
This cake, packing a punch with ground hazelnuts, works warm or cool – and it’s best eaten within a day.
The miso gives this dense, fudgy and chocolately traybake classic its extra oomph.
A blast from the past for those who remember the 70s – and a fruity, spongey treat for newcomers to the bake.
Another retro traybake, its jam liberally dusted with coconut and served from the tin, makes an ideal ending to a picnic.
Chocolate cake is always a great pick-me-up – and one with stout as a main ingredient is even better.
Warm and welcoming, this sticky, spicy treat works will cheer any cold walker after a long stretch outside.