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Best cake recipes please, I'm bored of my go-tos

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swissmilk Wed 11-Sep-19 15:30:55

It's my turn to make a cake for my book group, I want to wow them, anyone got any hit cake ideas?
(There's only 7 of us and we usually sit round my kitchen table, so any cakes that need eating with a fork absolutely encouraged.)

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sleepismysuperpower1 Wed 11-Sep-19 16:34:35

rhubarb and custard cake is lovely, as is sweet potato cake (which sounds odd but is well worth a try!)

milliefiori Wed 11-Sep-19 16:38:02

Fresh berry vanilla cream sponge? Basically, it's the cake batter recipe for Victoria sponge but with an extra spoonful of vanilla essence, and a few drops of essence in whipped cream sandwiched in the centre with raspberries or strawberries, then more cream on top with whole berries covering the cream. Looks magnificent but easy to make.

summerbumz Wed 11-Sep-19 17:46:02

Try adding salted caramel essence (you can get it at tesco, waitrose and morrisons do one) instead of vanilla essence to your usual vanilla sponge recipe. I've baked this into a loaf cake, topped with salted caramel or vanilla buttercream, caramel sauce and crushed and whole lotus biscuits - the smell is soooo good!

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 11-Sep-19 17:54:08

Blueberry sour cream cake 🤤

FrenchBoule Wed 11-Sep-19 18:58:09

Any particular flavour you’re after? Any dislikes?

Would you consider cake that has to be made in stages (pastry, cream, pastry)?

swissmilk Wed 11-Sep-19 22:59:55

French no particular likes or dislikes, apart from no alcohol because there's someone who can't consume alcohol coming.
I myself pretty much love anything!
I want something a bit unusual, but also that I can source the ingredients in a supermarket, because I don't have any time to got to specialist shops.

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Blondie1984 Wed 11-Sep-19 23:38:25

I'm currently loving Far Breton as well as this Raspberry & Lemon cake - with British raspberries of course!!

Blondie1984 Wed 11-Sep-19 23:39:52

pasmayalabeille Wed 11-Sep-19 23:48:01

A sponge cake with 1/4 of the butter subbed for hazelnut oil?

A sponge cake with a couple of teabags of chai tea added to the batter and shards of caramel on top?

A lemon sponge cake with some fresh thyme added into the batter and a lot of lemon zest in a mascarpone filling?

A chocolate sponge with tinned pears added and a ganache filling?

FrenchBoule Wed 11-Sep-19 23:51:51

Will post some recipes tomorrow

pasmayalabeille Wed 11-Sep-19 23:56:23

A lemon drizzle with a basil syrup or with kefir lime zest?

A dark chocolate sponge with a passionfruit and whipped cream middle?

A sponge with little cubes of apple with cinnamon and nutmeg and a whipped cream filling made with bay leaf infused cream?

viques Thu 12-Sep-19 00:13:22

Ok, this is my current favourite. Burn the recipe after reading, we don't want every one making it.....

Coconut and blueberry cake.

175g unsalted butter
175 g caster
175g SR flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
50g desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons of coconut cream (I buy it in the very little tins)

For the frosting

280g icing sugar
100g butter
3 tbs coconut cream
Extra desiccated coconut if you like it

Small punnet of blueberries

2x 8 inch loose bottom cake tins, prepared. Oven 180

Empty tin of coconut cream into a small bowl and mix well as it sometimes separates out a bit into solid/liquid

Cream butter and sugar until very very light fluffy and pale.

Beat eggs together and slowly add to batter.

Sift flour and baking powder and fold in.

Stir in coconut cream and desiccated coconut

Divide between tins bake for about 25 minutes.


Cream icing sugar and butter, when light and fluffy beat in coconut cream and extra coconut if you like it.

When the cakes are cool sandwich together generously with frosting, adding a layer of blueberries before you put the top cake on.

Use up extra frosting on the top of the cake. I usually put a few more blueberries on the top as well.

I actually put in more desiccated coconut than the recipe says because I like it, and I put a bit more coconut cream in the frosting too, but I am giving the recipe as I got it.

OhioOhioOhio Thu 12-Sep-19 00:20:19

That potato cake looks, awesome

Tartyflette Thu 12-Sep-19 00:31:24
This is divine.

MyCatDrinksFlatWhites Thu 12-Sep-19 07:50:40

If forks are acceptable, I recommend an apple Sharlotka from here:

It contains no butter but works very well with a scoop of ice cream/drizzle of cream. Generally a great website for cake recipes!

Peanutbuttericecream Thu 12-Sep-19 07:52:04

Chocolate cheesecake. I love it ❤️

clucky3 Thu 12-Sep-19 08:35:12

That apple cake sounds amazing, definitely trying that.

Nigella's chocolate pear pudding is gorgeous with the sauce in the recipe. It's another you need a fork for though

FrenchBoule Thu 12-Sep-19 09:41:03

You’ve asked, it’s a bit of faff but cake is delicious.

You need either one large tray (the one that comes with the oven)or divide the pastry and meringue mixture/almond flakes into 2 and bake separately as it has 2 layers. Recipe call for a rectangular cake tin roughly 25*35 cm


500g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup icing sugar ( cup is a volume measurement of 250 ml so you need 125 ml of icing sugar)
200g cold butter
6 egg yolks
2tbsp creme fraiche

Sift the flour,mix with all dry ingredients, add cubed cold butter and pulse until mixture resembles crumble. Add yolks and creme fraiche, quickly combine and chill in the fridge for approx an hour.


6 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 and 1/2 cup of caster sugar
1 tsp cornflour

Whisk whites with pinch of salt until stiff, gradually add spoonfulls of sugar still whisking.gently fold in cornflour at the end.

Remember to make meringue separately if you don’t have large tray ( 3 egg whites, 0.75 cup of sugar, smidge of salt and cornflour)

1 jar of blackcurrant jam( 400-500g)
120g flaked almonds.

Line the tray/tin with baking paper(just the bottom), roll out the pastry, spread the jam then cover with meringue mixture. Sprinkle with almond flakes and bake for approx 40 mins @ 160 degrees until almond flakes are golden.
(If the almond flakes brown too quickly lower the temperature a bit). Cool down and cut in half if you used big tray


500ml milk
3tbsp plain flour
2tbsp cornflour or custard powder
2 yolks
3tbsp sugar
200g butter @ room temperature
A few drops of almond essence or 2tbsp Amaretto

Boil half a milk(250ml) with sugar.Combine the remaining milk with yolks and both flours, pour into boiling milk and whisk until starts boiling and thickens up(this is to prevent lumps)
Cover up the custard mixture with cling film so it touches the surface and cool down.

Cream the butter and add the custard mixture gradually (I add it in 3 parts)still whisking.Add amaretto/almond essence.

Lay out one part of baked pastry/meringue, spread with creme and cover with reaming slob of baked pastry/meringue. Chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours, after that pastry/meringue softens and is easier to cut. Enjoy

roseenglishrose Thu 12-Sep-19 09:46:03

This is amazing - Morning Coffee Cake:-

Shannith Thu 12-Sep-19 13:07:26

Placemarking (sorry)

swissmilk Thu 12-Sep-19 19:09:13

You guys are amazing! I can't decide! confused

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Disfordarkchocolate Thu 12-Sep-19 19:12:58

This is my favourite and very adaptable. You can swap the fruit for chocolate chunks and use soya custard. It keeps really well and is very hard to mess up.

Disfordarkchocolate Thu 12-Sep-19 19:15:06

And this is delicious, planning to make on Monday (unless I try the Nigella pear recipe).

TroysMammy Thu 12-Sep-19 19:16:42

I'm waiting for a patient to bring in a parsnip and ginger cake next week.

I've made Hairy Bikers cardamom and coffee cake, there is no coffee in it though.

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