10 best cake recipes for every occasion

There are few occasions that don’t benefit from a slice of cake. From special celebrations to simple bakes for a rainy day, keep the cake tin topped up with these classic cake recipes. Plus, we’ve got something for everyone with a pretty vegan birthday cake and a rich gluten-free chocolate cake so that everyone can enjoy a slice.

Victoria sponge cake
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Victoria sponge cake

Named after Queen Victoria, this quintessentially British bake is simplicity at it’s best; sweet strawberry jam and pillowy soft cream, sandwiched between two light sponge cakes and a dusting of icing sugar. So put the kettle on and help yourself to a slice or two.

  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas 3, 170°C, fan 150°C. Grease and line 2 x 8 inch (20cm) springform cake tins with nonstick baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vanilla extract and sugar using an electric hand held whisk until light and fluffy. Add the lightly beaten egg a tablespoon at a time, beating well between additions, until fully incorporated. Carefully fold the flour in using a large metal spoon and spoon the batter evenly into the two prepared cake tins.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes until springy to the touch and a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cakes. Remove and allow the tins to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before turning out and peeling away the nonstick baking paper.
  4. Whip the cream to soft peaks as the cakes cool, then spread the bottom half of the cake with the cream in an even layer. Spread the strawberry jam evenly and carefully on top of the cream. Sandwich the cake with the other half of the cake and transfer it carefully to a serving plate. Dust with the icing sugar and serve.

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  • Ingredients
  • 160g unsalted butter, softened
  • 160g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 160g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100ml double cream
  • 125g strawberry jam
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar, for dusting