While extravagant, show-stopping bakes are all very well, when it comes down to it you just can't beat a humble loaf cake. Easy to make and even easier to eat, loaf cakes are the perfect combination of quick, simple, and utterly delicious. Here, we've rounded up 21 of our most irresistible loaf cake recipes.
The perennially popular Mary Berry banana loaf is a Happy Foodie community favourite, and with good reason. It's a beautifully sweet, moist cake, and the recipe couldn't be more straightforward.
This fruity loaf cake from Ottolenghi's Simple is studded with fresh blueberries and drizzled with a zingy lemon icing. The ground almonds in the mixture help to ensure a deliciously moist texture.
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This light fruit cake from Paul Hollywood is layered with chunks of marzipan for a delicious almond flavour.
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Take your banana bread to the next level with this recipe from Felicity Cloake's Perfect Too. Felicity's recipe includes a few ingenious tricks to ensure your banana bread is a cut above the rest.
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A classic cocktail in cake form? It doesn't get much better than that!
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Perfect for those hectic days that leave you needing an emergency cake fix, this quick plum bread from Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can is ready in under forty-five minutes.
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A classic British tea-time treat, this aesthetically pleasing cake consists of swirls of vanilla and chocolate sponge topped with a layer of rich chocolate ganache.
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This is a savoury, spelt flour loaf cake, which is delicious eaten just as it is, spread with butter, or served alongside a hot bowl of soup.
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A slightly more luxurious take on banana bread, this cake from Georgina Hayden is topped with a layer of fluffy peanut butter frosting, making for a truly decadent treat.
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Comfort baking at its finest - this deliciously moist ginger cake is just thing to go with your morning cup of tea.
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One for the warmer months, this loaf cake is made with orange blossom water and fresh figs. Serve with a dollop of thick Greek yoghurt and enjoy the Mediterranean flavours.
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Yet another banana loaf (you can never really have too many). The combination of banana and chocolate in this recipe from the Primrose Bakery is hard to resist.
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These mini ricotta and lemon loaves are made with polenta and ground almonds, rather than flour, so they're gluten-free.
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This moist loaf, flavoured with walnut and cinnamon, is similar to carrot cake and is a great way to use up a summertime glut of courgettes. Mary recommends eating this warm with butter or cream cheese.
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Another wheat-free bake, this one is made with ground hazelnuts and drizzled with a wonderfully fragrant orange flower syrup.
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Ok, ONE more banana bread - this one's for the vegan bakers out there. Banana bread is the ideal vegan bake, since mashed bananas are a great replacement for eggs, helping to bind the cake together and add moisture.
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It's almost impossible to refuse a slice of lemon drizzle cake, especially this moist and moreish number from Mary McCartney.
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Anna del Conte's Chocolate and Pear Cake is the ideal balance of bitter and sweet. It's goes perfectly with a cup of tea, and works equally well as a sophisticated dessert.
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We take this Coconut Loaf recipe as a perfect excuse to eat cake for breakfast - though it's pretty delicious at any time of day. The sharp tang of the berry coulis lifts the buttery loaf to new heights.
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This loaf is slightly less lazy than the others, but is totally worth it. Topped with creamy and sweet white chocolate icing, it's a real crowdpleaser that's guaranteed to become a regular fixture in your kitchen.
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Super-Chocolatey Snacking Cake from Vegan on the Go: Fast, Easy, Affordable - Anytime, Anywhere by Jérôme Eckmeier & Daniela Lais
A fabulously rich cake, filled with chocolate chips and covered in not one but two types of melted chocolate, this is the ultimate elevenses snack. It also happens to be totally vegan!
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