I have a secret confession to make. I’ve (whisper it) but to bake a cake. However now I’ve no excuse. Presenting 20 elegant, easy recipes to make you and me right into a Prue or Paul. We’ve 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 truffles. And they’re all, truthfully, simple. I may need to purchase an apron. It’s almost time for tea. Prepared. Regular. Bake!

These citrussy little bakes are good for any big day.

Kate’s rye chocolate cupcakes with orange frosting.
Kate’s rye chocolate cupcakes with orange frosting. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker

Zesty and splendidly easy to create – attempt serving it as a pud with rhubarb and custard.

Yoghurt, almond and honey cake Jeremy Lee OFM Easy Baking Supplement Photography and prop styling: Kate Whitaker Food styling: Jules Mercer
Yoghurt, almond and honey cake. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker

Syrup-sweet and golden little truffles, with citrus overtones, to cheer any afternoon tea break.

Orange and poppy seed cakes.
Orange and poppy seed truffles. {Photograph}: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

A contemporary and summery bake, impressed by the fragrant flavours of Indian sweets.

Mango mithai cake.
Mango mithai cake. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker

This easiest of traybakes, packing a coconut punch, actually delivers on the comfort-food entrance.

Coconut sheet cake.
Coconut sheet cake. {Photograph}: Edd Kimber

The ricotta provides this hassle-free bake a moist, creamy depth, complemented by mood-lifting lemon.

Ricotta and lemon ring cake.
Ricotta and lemon ring cake. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker

A fudgy, candy and salty showstopper so as to add the wow issue to any occasion desk.

Tahini cake with lemon and white chocolate.
Tahini cake with lemon and white chocolate. {Photograph}: Patricia Niven

A flexible recipe that makes a moist teatime loaf however works equally effectively as a mini cake.

Simple banana cake.
Easy banana cake. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker

A cake filled with the flavours of a summer season afternoon tea, rounded off by a wealthy, almondy kick.

Strawberries and cream cake.
Strawberries and cream cake. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker

Little crowdpleasers, simply tailored to go well with all diets, these are super-moist and filled with goodness.

Cardamom and carrot cakes with maple icing.
Cardamom and carrot truffles with maple icing. {Photograph}: Brian Ferry

Richly infused with the creator’s childhood reminiscences, this easy and fruity pound cake is an on a regular basis deal with.

Speedy apple cake.
Speedy apple cake. {Photograph}: Anja Dunk

A caffeine-rich loaf, merely embellished with icing and a scattering of walnuts – simply add a cup of tea.

Espresso loaf cake with burnt butter and coffee icing.
Espresso loaf cake with burnt butter and coffee icing. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker

No must stress over adorning this bake – let a bundt tin do the work. Simply add a dollop of boozy cream earlier than consuming.

Almond cinnamon cake with Irish cream.
Almond cinnamon cake with Irish cream. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker/The Observer

The adorning is as simple because the baking on this custard-flavoured celebration cake.

Birthday custard sponge.
Birthday custard sponge. {Photograph}: James Merrell

This cake, packing a punch with floor hazelnuts, works heat or cool – and it’s greatest eaten inside a day.

Hazelnut, peach and raspberry cake.
Hazelnut, peach and raspberry cake. {Photograph}: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

The miso provides this dense, fudgy and chocolately traybake traditional its further oomph.

Salted miso brownies.
Salted miso brownies. {Photograph}: David Loftus

A blast from the previous for individuals who bear in mind the 70s – and a fruity, spongey deal with for newcomers to the bake.

Retro-fantastic pineapple upside-down cake.
Retro-fantastic pineapple upside-down cake. {Photograph}: David Loftus

One other retro traybake, its jam liberally dusted with coconut and served from the tin, makes an excellent ending to a picnic.

Jam sheet cake for outside.
Jam sheet cake for out of doors. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker

Chocolate cake is all the time an amazing pick-me-up – and one with stout as a foremost ingredient is even higher.

Stout and chocolate cake with toasted oats.
Stout and chocolate cake with toasted oats. {Photograph}: Sam Folan

Heat and welcoming, this sticky, spicy deal with works will cheer any chilly walker after a protracted stretch outdoors.

Rich dark ginger cake.
Wealthy darkish ginger cake. {Photograph}: Kate Whitaker


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