Cake Recipes

Master the art of the sponge cake and you're away! Delia offers masses of wonderful cakes from easy, quick and cheap options right up to celebration cakes with a difference and none of them too difficult to make either!

 
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Banana and Walnut Loaf

Banana and Walnut Loaf

If I had a pound for every... goes the old cliche. So here it goes again. If only I had a pound for everyone who has praised this cake, rich pickings! Although it is made here with butter and lard, you could make it with spreadable butter.

 
 
Apricot Oat SlicesMakes 15

Apricot Oat Slices

The day we tested these lovely, oaty, chewy cakes, I took them to a football club board meeting, and they all disappeared in moments

 
 
Blueberry and Pecan Muffin Cake

Blueberry and Pecan Muffin Cake

Any of our muffin recipes can be adapted to any fruit, and blueberries have always been popular, so in this recipe I decided, instead of making muffins, I’d use the mixture to make a cake, which has turned out to be a real winner!

 
 
Almond BiscottiMakes about 16

Almond Biscotti

I think these twice-baked, very crisp biscuits are great for children to make and eat. After that, the adults in true Italian fashion sit down with a glass of chilled Vin Santo, and dip them into it before each bite.

 
 
Brazil Nut Brownies

Brazil Nut Brownies

Brownies need introducing to those who have not yet made them. Yes, they are cakes but not in the conventional sense.

 
 
Apricot Hazelnut Meringue CakeServes: 6-8

Apricot Hazelnut Meringue Cake

This used to be a rather soft, rather squashy meringue, but now I like it crisper and chewier. Either way it’s loved by everyone. You can of course use any other fruit – summer berries or in the winter passion fruit.

 
 
Almond Icing (Marzipan)

Almond Icing (Marzipan)

If you have time to make it, homemade almond icing is superior to the ready-made.

 
 
Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Caramel SauceServes 8

Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

I have made many cheesecakes over the years but this one is my current favourite. Part of its charm is that it’s a little bit wobbly at the end of the cooking time and goes on firming up as it cools and chills.

 
 
Chocolate Souffle Cake with Armagnac Prunes and Crème Fraiche SauceServes 8

Chocolate Souffle Cake with Armagnac Prunes and Crème Fraiche Sauce

This is quite simply my own favourite chocolate dessert of all time. It’s dark, very moist, and the prunes soaked in Armagnac make it a very grown-up chocolate experience. I used to call it Sunken Chocolate Cake but sometimes it doesn’t sink!

 
 
Chocolate Marbled Energy BarsMakes 15

Chocolate Marbled Energy Bars

I made these on TV with Dawn French for Comic Relief. After that, school children were making them all over the country to raise money – and they were very popular. We also like them without the chocolate topping.

 
 
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