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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Coffee and Walnut Sponge Cake

Coffee and Walnut Sponge Cake

This is a revised, more contemporary, version of one of the original sponge cakes in the earlier book. I am still very fond of it and have continued to make it regularly over the years.

 
 
Crystallised Ginger Oat BiscuitsMakes 12

Crystallised Ginger Oat Biscuits

These have always been personal favourites, and in this edition we have added chopped crystallised ginger and made them even better.

 
 
Coffee and Cardamom Cake with Pistachios

Coffee and Cardamom Cake with Pistachios

A friend of a friend of mine always grinds cardamom seeds and adds them when she drinks coffee. It has to be said the two flavours together are sublime. So here they are combined in a very luscious cake topped with roasted pistachios

 
 
Dark Jamaican Gingerbread

Dark Jamaican Gingerbread

This cake, originally from the sugar-and-spice island of Jamaica, has sadly become a factory-made clone, but made at home it’s dark, sticky, fragrant with ginger – the real thing.

 
 
Fresh Gooseberry and Elderflower MuffinsMakes 6 large muffins

Fresh Gooseberry and Elderflower Muffins

What’s good about changing seasons is looking forward to gooseberries, which only come once a year. They can of course be frozen but they’re never quite as good, so once a year make these glorious and very special muffins.

 
 
Family Cake

Family Cake

Nothing very trendy or sexy here. We thought maybe time had moved on. But we were so wrong. This cake has a charm all of its own, top votes from tasters and fits the bill for everything – packed lunches, picnics or just a little treat with a cup of tea or

 
 
FlapjacksMakes 16

Flapjacks

There has been a bit of toing and froing on this one, and a fifty-fifty split among our tasters. Some like them richer and very buttery, some like them drier and with a bit more crunch. I prefer the latter, but here you can make your own choice.

 
 
Creole Christmas Cake

Creole Christmas Cake

Originally from the Caribbean, it does involve quite a lot of booze and a week’s pre-soaking...

 
 
Fondant IcingMakes about 250g

Fondant Icing

This is for those who like a softer icing than royal icing, but prefer to have a homemade version.

 
 
Damp Gingerbread

Damp Gingerbread

There has been much debate about the title of this recipe. ‘Damp’ is not the usual adjective to describe a cake, but a recent group of tasters nodded in assent – it does kind of say it.

 
 
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