31 cakes for weekend baking

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CHOCOLATE Sour Cream Cake

Nothing beats a big slice of cake to set your day right. Whether it’s a special occasion or you just need a sweet treat.

There’s a cake for every occasion – from the basic butter cake to a luscious white chocolate and raspberry mud cake and everything in between. This is the only place on earth you can have your cake and eat it too.

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Tips to bake the perfect chocolate cake

Ordinary vs. compound chocolate

For cake-making, use an ordinary eating chocolate – white, milk or dark. Compound cooking chocolate doesn’t contain much cocoa butter, the ingredient that makes chocolate so wonderful. Some of the cocoa butter is replaced with other vegetable fats such as palm, coconut or soya oil, and the result is a waxy tasting chocolate.

Why is my chocolate cake so dry?

Most chocolate cakes are butter cakes with chocolate of some sort added. Melted chocolate alone in a recipe often won’t give enough colour and flavour, but it does add fat and sugar, which is all good when it comes to making a moist chocolate cake. When cocoa alone is used, it will give colour, some fat, sugar and flavour, but not as much as chocolate, and too much cocoa will result in a dry cake.

Look out for recipes that contain both cocoa and melted chocolate; that combination will give you the best results in terms of colour and flavour, as well as texture.

The secret to moist (but not too moist) mud cake

Some people like mud cakes to be moist and fudgy, others prefer them dryer and more cake-like. It’s up to the cook, and it’s all about getting the temperature and baking time right.

If your mud cake isn’t cooking in the middle, it needs longer baking. Often lower oven temperatures aren’t too accurate; the longer slower baking won’t hurt the cake.

Mud cakes are high in fat and sugar, and they can develop a sugary crust during baking. If the crust is a problem for you, try baking the cake at a slightly lower temperature. Drop the temperature by 10 degrees to start with, and keep a note of the results. The cake might take a little longer to cook, but probably not much – up to 15 minutes or so.

CHOCOLATE Sour Cream Cake


Chocolate sour cream cake

You’ll love this super moist chocolate sour cream cake topped with dark chocolate sour cream ganache.

lamington cream layer cake


Lamington cream layer cake

Lamington cream layer cake

The classic Australian lamington gets a mega-sized makeover for this delicious giant layer cake.


Black forest cake

Black forest cake

Layers of rich chocolate cake with cherries, kirsch, and whipped cream create a truly indulgent dessert.

Chocolate sponge cake recipe
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Chocolate sponge cake

This chocolate sponge cake recipe is a delicious chocolatey spin on the classic Victoria sponge, filled with cream and jam and drizzled with ganache.

dark chocolate mud cake


Dark chocolate mud cake

This dark chocolate mud cake makes a simple treat on its own but is also excellent layered with chocolate ganache or other frosting.


Melt-and-mix strawberry yoghurt cake

Try this easy melt-and-mix strawberry yoghurt cake for your next afternoon tea.

Buttery citrus orange and lemon cake


Citrus butter cake

Citrus lovers, this one’s for you. A spongey citrus cake with glace icing and candied orange and lemon slices.


Simple butter cake

This classic butter cake, smothered in butter cream icing, will satisfy your sweet tooth. Best served with a cup of tea or coffee for a simple afternoon treat.

moist chocolate and coconut cake


Moist chocolate and coconut cake

Moist chocolate and coconut cake

This moist and flavourful cake is easy to make with a touch of coconut to perfectly balance the rich chocolate.

Coffee walnut loaf


Coffee walnut loaf

Make a delicious coffee & walnut loaf cake with this easy recipe, perfect for everyday baking and occasions

Gluten free Persian love cake


Persian love cake

Persian love cake

As the story goes there was a Persian woman who was madly in love with a prince so she baked him a cake to make him fall in love with her. And what better way is there to win someone over than with cake?


New York cheesecake

New York cheesecake

When it comes to cheesecake, we prefer to stick to the classics. This is the original, and still the best version of this gooey dessert.

Apple tea cake


Apple tea cake

Cut yourself a large slice of this warm, moist apple tea cake – delicious served fresh from the oven with a drizzle of cream and a mug of tea.

carrot cake with lemon cream cheese frosting


carrot cake

You’ll love this moist and easy carrot cake with a silky smooth cream cheese frosting


Six-layer chocolate cake

When it comes to chocolate cake – you can never have enough layers!

marble cake


Marble cake

Marble cake is a classic childhood cooking memory. We like to make the colours strong for maximum impact.


Luscious lemon cake

Luscious lemon cake

Add a little zest to your baking!

bundt cake recipe


Honey muscat syrup cake

Drizzled with a creamy yoghurt topping and sticky orange syrup, this honey muscat syrup cake is simply irresistible! Enjoy a little slice of heaven with your morning cuppa.

Carrot cake


Classic carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

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This dense, moist carrot cake is full of nutty goodness and topped with a delicious lemon cream-cheese frosting.



Flourless chocolate beetroot cake

Flourless chocolate beetroot cake

This spectacular cake is topped with sweetened crème fraîche and candied beetroot chips.

Orange blossom and raspberry angel food cake


Orange blossom and raspberry angel food cake

Orange blossom and raspberry angel food cake

A gorgeous rustic cake that brings the sights and smells of spring with delicious orange blossom water and edible blooms.


Apple and cinnamon crunch cake with cinnamon anglaise

Apple and cinnamon crunch cake with cinnamon anglaise

Whole apples are baked inside this spectacular cake with a crunchy cinnamon topping.

BANANA CAKE with Caramel Sauce


Banana cake with caramel sauce

Banana cake with caramel sauce

Coffee Walnut Streusel Cake
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Coffee walnut streusel cake

Coffee walnut streusel cake

You won’t believe this delicious cake has only five ingredients. The moist coffee walnut cake is set off with a crunchy streusel topping.

Ginger cake with caramel icing


Ginger cake with caramel icing

Ginger cake with caramel icing

Cinnamon and nutmeg add a hint of warmth to this divine ginger cake, while the caramel icing highlights its spiced undertones.


Orange and fennel seed pound cake

Satisfy your sweet cravings with this delicious orange and fennel seed pound cake. It’s packed full of floral, citrus flavours that go perfectly with your morning or afternoon cuppa!


Dark chocolate bundt cake

Dark chocolate bundt cake

This wonderfully rich bundt cake is brilliant served with a drizzling of delicous dark chocolate glaze and sprinkling of crunchy pistachio nuts, creating a weekend treat to indulge your sweet tooth.

Raspberry and custard tea cake
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Raspberry and custard tea cake

This moist and buttery tea cake, adorned with raspberries and almond flakes is a wonderful afternoon or after-dinner treat – especially with thickened cream.



Basic butter cake

Dusted with icing sugar, a simple butter cake never fails to please.

This gorgeous mud cake combines sweet, creamy white chocolate and wonderfully tart raspberries to create a divine dessert worthy of any celebration.

sponge cake on a cake stand with a slice missing


Featherlight sponge

Featherlight sponge

Of the hundreds of sponge cake recipes created in the Test Kitchen, this heirloom recipe from the family of Cathie and Wendy Lonnie wins our vote hands down, as our best ever.

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