chocolate cake, fruit cake and carrot cake

Five cake recipes to get you ‘Bake-Off’ ready

The 27th of August marks an important date – that’s right, Britain’s much-loved baking series, The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens. In readiness for the first episodes ‘cake’ theme, technical challenge and showstopping creation, we’ve selected some delicious recipes to put your culinary baking skills to the test. So, without further ado, on your marks, get set, bake!


Rum-soaked fruit and almond cake
What better way to celebrate the start of GBBO than with a boozy bake! Infused with dark rum, this fruit and almond cake is the perfect bake to whip up when the first episode airs; as contestants are challenged with their own fruit cake. Containing sultanas, raisins, cherries and spices mixed with a generous splash of rum, the cake is finished off with a simple almond buttercream. What’s not to love.
Click here for the recipe.


Mary Berry’s very best chocolate cake
Chocoholics can rejoice with the ‘very best’ chocolate cake recipe created by none other than the lady that inspired the nation to get baking – Mary Berry. This blog wouldn’t be quite right without one of Mary’s bakes, so we had to choose the ‘very best’. With Fairtrade chocolate and apricot jam for extra sweetness this chocolate sponge cake will not disappoint.
See Mary’s recipe here.

Vegan Lemon cake
One bowl, nine ingredients and 40 minutes and you have yourself one zesty lemon cake, both dairy and egg free! Ok, it might not be quite so simple, but the recipe is described as ‘easy’ – the proof is in the pudding as they say. The main ingredient, lemon is used for the three tier sponges, frosting and drizzle with the cake topped off with edible flowers for the ultimate tangy teatime treat.
Click here for the recipe.

Cherry Berry Blondie cake
A spongey delight, this ‘Cherry Berry Blondie Cake’ is by GBBO’s third winner, John Whaite. With white chocolate ganache scattered with juicy cherries and raspberries this berry-licious cake is guaranteed to sweeten your taste buds. It’s indulgent and gooey and perfectly formed to wow your friends and family if you plan to entertain when the show kicks off.
You can find the recipe here.

Classic Carrot cake
Simple and classic, a carrot cake is a favourite for many and a great option for those who like cakes that are not too sweet. The star ingredient, is of course, the carrot which give the cake the ‘orange’ colouring. This recipe requires a square baking tin making it easy for you to cut into bite size squares and share with your guests while you put your feet up and watch GBBO.
Click here for the recipe.


Fancy yourself as a baker? Give one of the recipes a go and share your creations with us on social media. You can find us on; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest.