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Cake recipes

Welcome to goodtoknow’s collection of amazing cake recipes. We’re here to help you decide which cake to make – there are so many options! 

 

When making a cake, there are 4 things you need to ask yourself to find the perfect cake recipe.

 

 

Why am I making a cake?

 

Wedding, party, special occasion – or just fancy doing some baking?

 

If you’re baking for a party or a gathering you need to take into account everyone’s different tastes and dietary needs so sometimes a classic cake such as lemon drizzle or Victoria sponge is a safe bet. It’s also a good idea to check if you will need to make egg-free, dairy-free or gluten-free cakes – it can be done!

 

If you’re just baking for you and the family, you can have a little fun – why not try that tricky recipe you’ve always wanted to? No one needs to know if it doesn’t go right! 

 

 

What type of cake do I want to make? 

 

A classic two-tier sponge, loaf cake, tray bake, cupcake, there are many different types of cake you can make. 

 

If you’re new to baking, a one-tier cake, loaf cake or tray bake are the easiest to try as you simply pour all the ingredients into one tray.

 

A two-tier cake will require a little assembly but is relatively easy and cupcakes are a fun way to make a cake and are easy to serve up to guests.

 

If you want a challenge, try a triple-layer cake or a Battenburg cake.  

 

 

What flavour cake do I want? 

 

Ahh flavour, the most important part of any cake recipe. The classics are popular for a reason so if you’re unsure – vanilla, lemon and chocolate are a safe bet. 

 

Adding different fruits and vegetables (yes vegetables!) to the mix can bring interesting flavours – banana, apple and carrot are the most obvious but you can put pretty much any fruit into a cake and more vegetables than you might think – have you ever tried courgette cake? 

 

You can also buy flavourings from the supermarket which can add a nice dimension of flavour. Rose water and elderflower are some examples and you can also get fruit flavourings for a stronger burst of flavour.

 

 

How do I want to decorate my cake? 

 

Not all cakes need any decoration or icing but if you want to add a little topping to your cake, there are more decisions to make. 

 

A simple icing is sometimes all you need to finish off your cake. Royal icing, buttercream, cream cheese frosting can be spread onto a sponge to add a layer of flavour. 

 

If you want to try a bit of cake decorating, it’s time to break out the fondant. Ready made fondant and modelling paste can be bought from most supermarkets, in a variety of colours, and can be shaped into any designs you can think of (with a little practise!) 

 

 

So whatever cake you have decided to make, we’ll have the recipe for you. Search your desired cake recipe in the search bar above or scroll through our hundreds of easy cake recipes to get a little more inspiration. 

 

Happy baking! 

Toddler lunch

Kitty will eat perhaps a third of this

I have recently noticed an unusually high number of women confiding in me that their toddler hardly eats anything. “He’s only eaten two of those Organix carrot stick thingies today,” said one on Twitter. “And I bet he won’t eat anything else for the rest of the day.” Others fret about fruit and vegetables. “How,” they whisper, “do you get Kitty to eat vegetables?”

Answer: I DON’T. I read, earlier this year, a book that changed my attitude towards Kitty’s diet and therefore my whole life, as I was so neurotic and anxious about what she ate. The book was called My Child Won’t Eat! by a Spanish nutritionist called Carlos Gonzalez and it is the most brilliant book on childcare I have ever read. And as you can imagine, I’ve read a lot.

He basically says this:

1 It doesn’t matter how much your child eats. Your child is not small and spindly because it doesn’t eat, it doesn’t eat because it is a small and spindly child. You cannot, he says, turn a chihuahua into an Alsatian by making it eat a lot.

2 Your child will naturally, as long as he is given a range of food to choose from, balance his own diet. It might seem like the child eats no fruit or veg, but even a little lick of broccoli here, a nibbled end of carrot there, a tiny bit of apple somewhere else, will fulfill his nutritional needs. The important thing is that fruit and veg are offered, not that they are always finished.

Small children, says Gonzalez, have tiny tummies so they go for very calorific, high energy foods – cake, sweeties, chips, toast, crisps etc; fruit and veg are all very well but they are mostly water and fibre, useless is large quantities to the small stomach.

Children in deprived areas, (like in the Third World), will become malnourished faster than adults because they cannot physically fit enough of the sort of food that is available (vegetation, berries) in their tummies in order to draw out the relevant nutrients and calories.

3 You are very unlikely to be able to cajole, bribe or force your child to eat more than it wants to, to the extent that you will alter the child’s food intake in any significant way.

So, he says, don’t bother. You will only upset yourself and the child.

Put the food in front of the child, let the child/children get on with it for a reasonable amount of time and say nothing about uneaten food. Never try to get more food in than they want. No “here comes the airplane” or “you have to eat this or no pudding” or anything.

“Hurrah!” I screamed, after finishing the book. I threw it over my shoulder, rubbed my hands together and vowed from that day forth not to give a shit about how much Kitty eats.

She gets food, three times a day, with snacks. She gets carbohydrate and fruit and vegetables. But I do not care – DO NOT CARE – how much she eats. I cannot begin to tell you what a release it has been.

And, further, I have now banned any cooking at lunchtimes. She gets a cold lunch every day and she loves it. She has

1 carbohydrate – crackers, bread and butter
1 sort of cheese – chedder, Jarg, Dairylea, mini baby bell, whatever’s floating about
1 veg – carrot sticks, cucumber, baby tomatoes or a bit of sweet pepper
1 dollop of hummous if we’ve got some
1 protein – some leftover chicken, or ham, or a mini pork pie

Then she has some fruit and a biscuit.

And I can’t tell you how great it is not to have to cook or fucking wash up pots and pans at lunchtime as well as dinner time. And there isn’t a big hot lunch stink about the house AND if she’s not in the mood to eat much, you can usually put back the uneaten stuff rather than throw an entire fish-pie-and-rice concoction in the bin.

I feel like women must have felt when they first started doling out the Pill – liberated. I feel, in fact, as relieved as when I confessed to Kitty’s paediatrician Dr Mike, (when Kitty had a fever of 104 for three days), that I was worried that she would get brain damage and he said: “When was the last time you heard of someone getting brain damage from a fever?” And I said “Err,” and he said “Unless you put her, with her temperature of 104, in a sauna, she isn’t going to get brain damage.” And I said “Ok,” and have ceased to worry about fevers, too.

One can wind oneself up terribly about the strangest things, when there are so many better things to get your knickers in a twist over. Like steaming!! I have had the most terrific feedback on my miracle cure and have already this morning dispensed two separate specific steaming instruction miracle cures.

I can die happy.

Cake hall of fame

If you’re in the mood for some serious baking you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up 100 all-time favourite cake recipes for you to try, from classics like chocolate fudge cake, date and walnut and carrot cake through to fashionable cupcakes and cake pops. We’ve got a so many delicious cake recipes that choosing just one is going to be a tough choice.

Some of our all-time favourites cakes include tangy lemon drizzle cake, simple vanilla cupcakes and of course, some naughty but nice chocolate cupcakes. You can make cheesecakes, brownies and even an upside-down cake. If that’s not enough we’ve also got some special recipes from the likes of Rachel Allen, Lorraine Pascale and the baking legend that is Mary Berry.

Don’t forget to start your very own recipe book to keep all your favourite bakes in one place. All you have to do is click ‘save this recipe’ and every single one will be stored in your very own online recipe book. It makes baking and finding those classic cake recipes a lot easier!

You could save our moist tea loaf and make it next week when the family are over, or you could save our sweet whoopie pies to make as an edible gift for that special friend. You could save our chocolate layer cake for a Christmas show-stopper or our butterfly buns to make with the kids this weekend.

Take a look through our cake hall of fame to find the perfect cake recipe for you…

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