6 Classic British Cakes For All Occasions

It’s Spring (ahem, almost) so we thought we’d eat all of the cake now, before everyone starts worrying about their summer bodies.

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We love a good cake. Not just the SORTEDfood crew, but the whole of England! Here are our favourites of them all that you can make at home fuss free. Don’t forget to ask us for help if you get into a sticky situation.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Strip

Mini lemon drizzle cakes are a staple of British Afternoon Tea and we go mad for them. The concept is incredibly simple. sponge with lashings of lemon flavours.

This recipes has two mystery ingredients added to the fun. Ok so they’re not a mystery at all. We’ll tell you: Blueberries and tarragon! Don’t forget the icing. There must be icing in order for them to fulfill you as a tasty snack.

Get the recipe for Lemon Drizzle Cake.

Victoria Sponge Cake

Vic Sponge Strip

This is what we all think of if someone says ‘British Cake’. Queen Victoria liked to enjoy a slice of sponge cake with jam and cream with her afternoon cup of tea. This instantly drove sponge cake into fashion. It’s a very basic cake and if you’re sticking to tradition, it should not be decorated with anything else other than a dusting of icing sugar.

You really can’t beat a classic like this recipe by petegregory. So simple but so delicious. A real crowd pleaser at any party or dinner.

Get the recipe for Victoria Sponge!

Sticky Toffee Bundt Cake

Sticky Toffee Bundt

Sticky toffee pudding is a pub pudding favourite straight outta Yorkshire (or Lancashire potentially- noone really knows.) A country walk followed by a roast and a log fire can only lead to a sticky toffee pudding. The sponge is mainly made from dates and is finished off with the staple hot, sticky, glossy toffee sauce.

Though we have plenty of classic sticky toffee recipes, we made this one into a cake with a special bundt tin that allows the sauce to rest beautifully in the pockets. It’s worth investing in for sure. Serve it up after a hearty meal.

Get the recipe for Sticky Toffee Bundt Cake.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake Strip

I’m feeling very inspired as we write this as there’s a carrot cake currently in the oven. *Inhales deeply.* The origin of carrot cake is unknown so we can’t claim it as uniquely British. It’s popularity in England however did come about during the second world war in the rationing period and we haven’t stopped baking them since.

Carrot cake is always nice to have in a tin for emergency guests or with a nice cuppa on the weekend. Our version is incredibly moist with lots of warming spices and sultanas. I suppose you could count it as one of your 5 a day!

Get the recipe for Carrot Cake.

Gin & Tonic Cakes

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It’s not a historical bake but it probably should be. This is one of the nation’s favourite tipples (we have many) made into a cake! Gin, tonic and lime cake batter baked and garnished with a cream cheese frosting.

Save for a special occasion because they’re the height of sophistication, just like us. You can’t knock ‘em until you’ve tried ‘em.

Get the recipe for Gin and Tonic Cakes

Rhubarb Crumble Cake

Rhubarb Strip

Rhubarb crumble is warming, comforting and one of the most delicious seasonal puddings ever. We worked hard to package all of the incredible things about a rhubarb crumble, into a cake!

If you know anyone with an allotment who grows their own rhubarb go and knock on their door in late spring. Fresh stuff makes it stupidly awesome.

Get the recipe for Rhubarb Crumble Cake

We want to see the cakes you make! If you upload a picture of a SORTEDfood cake onto Twitter or Instagram then tag us in using #sortedfood. You might be featured in our weekly Shoutouts. Who knows… Happy British Baking.

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