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21 easy loaf cake recipes

by Genevieve Halbert

published on 25 August 2016

Extravagant show-stoppers are all well and good, but when it comes down to it you simply 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 comforting. Here, we’ve rounded up 21 of our facourite recipes, from a frosted marble cake to tangy blueberry and lemon loaf.

Banana Loaf

Banana Loaf

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.

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21 Easy Loaf Cake Recipes

21 easy loaf cake recipes

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 moist texture.

Golden Apricot and Marzipan Loaf Cake

Golden Apricot and Marzipan Loaf Cake

by Paul Hollywood

This light fruit cake from Paul Hollywood is layered with chunks of marzipan for a fragrant almond flavour.

Perfect Banana Bread

Perfect Banana Bread

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.

Lemon Gin & Tonic Cake

Lemon Gin & Tonic Cake

by Nadia Sawalha, Kaye Adams

A classic cocktail in cake form? It doesn’t get much better than that.

Plum Bread in a Hurry

Plum Bread in a Hurry

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 can be ready in under forty-five minutes.

Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Loaf

Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Loaf

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.

Rosemary, Parsnip and Parmesan Loaf Cake

Rosemary, Parsnip and Parmesan Loaf Cake

by Melissa Sharp, Lindsay Stark

This is a savoury, spelt flour loaf cake, which can be eaten just as it is, spread with butter, or served alongside a hot bowl of soup.

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

by Georgina Hayden

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.

Ginger Cake

Ginger Cake

by Duval Timothy, Folayemi Brown and Jacob Fodio Todd

Comfort baking at its finest – this moist ginger cake is just thing to go with your morning cup of tea.

Caramelised Fig Semolina Loaf

Caramelised Fig Semolina Loaf

by Georgina Hayden
from Taverna

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.

Chocolate and Banana Loaf

Chocolate and Banana Loaf

by Martha Swift & Lisa Thomas

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.

Ricotta, Lemon, Polenta Teacakes

Ricotta, Lemon, Polenta Teacakes

by Natalia Conroy

These mini ricotta and lemon loaves are made with polenta and ground almonds, rather than flour, so they’re gluten-free.

Courgette Loaves

Courgette Loaves

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.

Orange and Hazelnut Cake with Orange Flower Syrup

Orange and Hazelnut Cake with Orange Flower Syrup

by Silvena Rowe

Another wheat-free bake, this one is made with ground hazelnuts and drizzled with a fragrant orange flower syrup.

Vegan Banana Bread

Vegan Banana Bread

by Jérôme Eckmeier, Daniela Lais

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.

Linda’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

Linda’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

by Mary McCartney
from Food

It’s almost impossible to refuse a slice of lemon drizzle cake, especially this tangy and moreish number from Mary McCartney.

Chocolate and Pear Cake

Chocolate and Pear Cake

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.

Sweet Coconut Loaf with Berry Coulis

Sweet Coconut Loaf with Berry Coulis

by DK Publishing

We take this Coconut Loaf recipe as a perfect excuse to eat cake for breakfast – though it’s excellent at any time of day. The sharp tang of the berry coulis lifts the buttery loaf to new heights.

Chocolate Marble Cake with White Chocolate Icing

Chocolate Marble Cake with White Chocolate Icing

by Peyton & Byrne

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.

Super-Chocolatey Snacking Cake

Super-Chocolatey Snacking Cake

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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