Our 10 most popular easy baking recipes

Whether you're seeking a simple afternoon bake, an easy-but-impressive showstopper or a throw-it-all-in cake recipe to satisfy a last-minute craving, these recipes are here to inspire you. From Mary Berry's classic banana loaf to three-ingredient brownies to Nigella's decadent pavlova, there's something here for everyone.

mary banana loaf

Banana Loaf from Simple Cakes by Mary Berry

This banana loaf recipe couldn't be easier and is a wonderful way to use up those last overripe bananas in the fruit bowl. "The riper the bananas the better", says Mary. 

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lemon drizzle cake

Linda’s Lemon Drizzle Cake from Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking by Mary McCartney

Think of lemon syrup poured over a freshly baked lemon cake so it seeps into the sponge for extra special moisture, and that's exactly what this lemon drizzle recipe is all about. Perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

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blackberry cake recipe

Blackberry Cake from Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can by Miranda Gore Browne

Wait till blackberry season to make this seasonal cake recipe that's so simple to throw together. Swap in other berries depending on the time of year. 

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Millionaire’s Shortbread from How Baking Works by James Morton

James Morton has perfected the ultimate Millionaire's Shortbread: expect a simple, crumbly shortbread, smooth, gooey caramel and perfect chocolate on top. It's divine, and a simple recipe to follow.

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clementine cake

Clementine, Almond and Olive Oil Cake from Rick Stein: The Road to Mexico by Rick Stein

Rick Stein’s gluten-free clementine cake is a true celebration of citrus.

Get your copy of Rick Stein: The Road to Mexico here.

nigella pavlova

Prodigious Pavlova from Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson

Only Nigella could get away with the name Prodigious Pavlova for this divine dessert but she does give straight-forward instructions to help you make the perfect meringue, or what she calls, "billowing, regally magnificent mega-meringue". Dolloped with whipped cream, lychees and passionfruit and drizzled with raspberry sauce, this is a relatively simple show-stopper. 

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mary berry malt chocolate cake

Malted Chocolate Cake from Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites by Mary Berry

Mary Berry nails the layer cake with this Malted Chocolate Cake. Mary says; "The malt extract gives a lovely creaminess to the sponge, while the malted chocolate flavour is echoed in the cake’s topping". We totally agree. 

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oreo choc chip cookies

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift

Combine chocolate chips and Oreos in these moreish cookies that are certainly not just for Christmas!

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nadiya ice cream cake

Raspberry Ice Cream Cake from Nadiya's Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain.

This is the perfect summer crowd-pleaser from the nation's favourite foodie mum.

Get your copy of Nadiya's Family Favourites here.

easy nutella brownies

Chocolate Praline Brownies from Three Ingredient Baking by Sarah Rainey

A Nutella lover's dream, this easy recipe for perfectly gooey brownies uses just three ingredients: flour, eggs and Nutella. From the revolutionary Three Ingredient Baking cookbook, the key to this recipe is in the cooking time – keep an eye on it so it doesn’t set too solid in the oven. You want them a little bit wobbly for maximum squidge.

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