Recreate Bake Off Cake Week At Home

At long last, the Great British Bake Off is officially back - and of course, we're already hooked. The return of Paul, Prue, Sandi and Noel was one that we'd eagerly anticipated for ages, and last night, we finally got our fix of comedy, innuendos, Noel's wardrobe and of course, baking!

Last night's opening episode kicked things off with an all time classic theme - 'Cake Week', and the Bake Off Class of 2019 were each tasked with creating three scrumptious styles of cake: a well-decorated fruit cake for the Signature Bake challenge, angel cake for the technical and their own 'dream childhood birthday cake' for the showstopper.

And all in all, in spite of Prue's tricky technical challenge, this year's entree episode was, by Bake Off standards, fairly drama-free. Nevertheless, somebody had to leave the tent, and while print shop administrator, Michelle, rejoiced at becoming the first 'Star Baker' of the series, Rotherham-native Dan was told to hang up his apron, and head back up North (insert sad face here).

If you missed last night's opening episode, don't worry, you can catch up on all things Great British Bake Off on the All 4 hub now. In the meantime, though, why not have a go at baking some delicious cakes at home?! We've pulled together some of the tastiest homemade cake recipes ever, giving you the chance to truly embrace the return of Bake Off, all whilst channelling your inner Prue Leith! It's time to get creative in the kitchen, so, without any further ado...

1. Best Chocolate Cake - Preppy Kitchen

Rich, moist and decadently flavoured with layer upon layer of delicious chocolatey goodness, this incredible chocolate cake recipe from Preppy Kitchen pledges to be the best, and you know what? We can see why.

Husband and dad to twins, John, knows more than just a thing or two about baking, and we've got to hand it to him, his scrumptious chocolate cake recipe is just ridiculously moreish!

If you'd like to have a go at recreating John's chocolatey masterpiece, then you'll need to set a decent amount of time aside to ensure it's just right! But hey, whilst this cake may not be the easiest to remake, the end result is well worth it! Go on, get your pinny on!

When creating his chocolate cake, John used his electric mixer to whizz up the ingredients and create a super smooth cake batter. If you're currently shopping for a new electric whisk and you aren't sure what to buy, then we strongly recommend the Breville Heatsoft Hand Mixer...

Breville HeatSoft Hand Mixer

Complete with patented Heatsoft technology, this state-of-the-art electric hand mixer gently melts refrigerated butter whilst is whisks, and also features a choice of 7 speeds! Amazing! 

- Complete with intelligent, patented HeatSoft techology that gently brings butter up to room temperature whilst mixing

- Softens butter 12 time faster than simply leaving it on the worktop

- Comes with stainless steel beaters, dough hooks and whisk & a clear, plastic storage case

- Push-button beater eject, as well as removable magnetic heat nozzle for the easiest ever clean

2. Coffee and Walnut Cake - Eat, Little Bird

The perfect accompaniment to a freshly-brewed, frothy latte or cappuccino, this yummy coffee and walnut cake recipe from Eat, Little Bird is an absolute must-try.

Inspired by culinary goddess, Nigella Lawson, this cake blends the rich flavours of walnut and coffee to create a toothsome treat that begs you to cut another slice!

For this cake, you'll need just 9 simple ingredients and a combined prep and cooking time of approximately 55 minutes. So, if you've got an hour going spare one Sunday afternoon & you feel like treating the family to a delicious homemade cake, then yo needn't look any further.

What's particularly great about this cake is that despite containing coffee, it isn't too strong, and the sweet ingredients most certainly counteract the bitterness of the coffee. So, before you discount this one because the kids won't like it, think again - the chances are they'll absolutely love it!

Image Source:L: Eat Little Bird
Image Source:L: Eat Little Bird

3. Unicorn Cupcakes - Crazy For Crust

If you're little ones are crazy for unicorns, then Dorothy from Crazy For Crust has the perfect cupcake recipe for you right here...

Yep, you guessed it - unicorn cupcakes! Unicorns are everywhere at the moment and now, thanks to Dorothy, your kids can enjoy the magical taste of all things Unicorn, too!

Super colourful and topped with a huge dollop or perfectly-piped, multicoloured icing, these tasty buns are also filled with an assortment of sprinkles, edible spheres and stars, too! Amazing

4. Gluten Free & Dairy Free Carrot Cake - The Gluten Free Blogger

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Image Source: Gluten Free Blogger

Proving that you need neither gluten nor dairy to whip up a seriously tasty treat, this faultless walnut and carrot cake recipe from The Gluten Free Blogger is so worth messing up the kitchen for!

Smothered with a decadent layer of cream cheese frosting and topped with crunchy, protein-rich walnuts, this mouthwatering-ly good cake is completely up our street!

Let go of any stress and savour the beautiful flavours of this cake alongside a hot cup of tea or coffee and a good magazine. Perfection!

5. Strawberry Pink Ombre Cake - Oh Sweet Basil

A bake that (somehow) tastes even better than it looks, this picture-perfect pink cake from Oh Sweet Basil proves that pink is enough to make everybody wink - not just the boys!

Marrying the distinct sweetness of strawberry jam with three layers of fluffy pink sponge and flavourful frosting, this perfect pud has definitely earned our stamp of approval.

Palatable and pretty in equal measure, this cake poses the ideal treat for Mother's Day,

a baby shower, Breast Cancer Awareness Day and more. No matter the occasion, this delicious delight promises to bring all the flavour and fun you could ever wish for.

6. Classic Farmhouse Fruitcake Recipe - Rainy Day Mum

Image Source: Rainy Day Mum
Image Source: Rainy Day Mum

If last night's Bake Off inspired you to make your own fruitcake, then this recipe from Rainy Day Mum is 100% the one for you.

A firm favourite during the festive season especially, fruit cake is known for being rich, filling and super scrummy - and Rainy Day Mum's take on this classic cake ticks all of these boxes and more.

To really make the most of this tempting bake, we recommend pouring single cream or warm custard over the top. Just heavenly.

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