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Fabulous cakes for any occasion

Extravagant cakes are great for attracting a crowd at any celebration; even simple ones don't go amiss when visiting friends for afternoon tea. We have put together a collection of 10 of our most fabulous cake recipes designed to impress in flavour and looks.

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    Pear and Hazelnut Cake

    Serve this scrumptious, nutty cake with dollops of cream for extra decadence.

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    Virtuous Carrot Cake

    This rich, spiced cake has the added bonus of being gluten-free.

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    Mango and Pineapple Mousse Cake

    Light and full of bold tropical flavours, this soft mousse cake has a melt-in-the-mouth texture with a healthy, crunchy base

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    ‘Trio of sugars’ cake with caramel pears

    This super-sized cake fits the bill for those times when you just need a hit of sugar. It’s got all those wonderful caramel-sweet flavours in there to cure a sugar craving good and proper. Photograph by Jani Shepherd.

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    Citrus syrup cake

    Cake is the perfect way to end a long lazy lunch, especially if it’s light and zingy and comes with a large dollop of Greek yoghurt or thickened cream! This is a simple cake with citrus zest, but becomes special when doused in sweet fragrant syrup and candied peel.

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    Apricot sour cream cake

    Opposites attract in this cake with sour cream, white chocolate and apricot creating an explosion of flavour in your mouth.

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    Vanilla Almond Sponge Cake

    Enjoy the contrast between creamy, smooth dark chocolate and tart, vibrant apricots in this delicious Easter layer cake

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    Gluten-free glace fruit cakes

    Just because you don't eat gluten doesn't mean you have to miss out on Christmas treats - try this delicious glace fruit cake.

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    Orange drippy syrup cake

    This orange version of pineapple upside-down cake is lovely – syrupy, sweet and satisfying.

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