Get baking – our favourite GBBO recipes

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With the return of The Great British Bake Off aka THE BEST THING ON TV EVER, we share some of our favourite recipes from the show’s history, from Mary Berry’s classic Victoria Sponge and deliciously light and airy macarons, to decadent swiss roll and the show-stopping Swedish princess cake.

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Baked Alaska
Let’s start off with the infamous pudding behind 2014’s #BakedAlaskagate when one baker was so unhappy with his Baked Alaska, he threw it in the bin. Hopefully, yours will have a happier ending!

Baked Alaska

Mary Berry’s chocolate and vanilla marble loaf
In 2015’s Comic Relief Bake Off, the showstopper challenge was to make a marble cake inspired by a favourite building, but if you’re not up for the challenge, this recipe is a little easier.

Mary Berry's chocolate and vanilla marble loaf

Bread Week in 2012 saw the contestants batter it out to master bagels with a triumph from John Whaite who went on to win the series with his fig, walnut and gruyere version. Here’s a simpler recipe for your first attempt!

Bagels recipe

Mary Berry’s Victoria sandwich
The perfect Victoria sponge was a technical challenge in Series Four. Try your hand at the Queen of Cakes Mary Berry’s own recipe for a sweet treat with no risk of a soggy bottom.

Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich

Lemon tart
This recipe takes a little while, but the results are worth it.

Lemon tart recipe

Angel food cake
Another Series Four challenge was angel food cake, an incredibly light bake made with whisked egg whites and no fat.

Angel food cake

Until it featured on Bake Off last year, this French pastry was little known in Britain. Now, you can even buy it in Marks & Spencer – but it tastes much better homemade.


Swiss roll
The Swiss roll signature bake challenge in 2014 sounded easy, but as the contestants found, getting a perfect swirl without cracking the sponge was no easy feat.

Swiss roll recipe

Mary Berry’s scones
An old classic that never disappoints! Mary Berry’s recipe is unbeatable, get your friends over and serve with tea if you’re feeling fancy!

Mary Berry's scones

This traditional Eastern European sweet bread filled with a delicious walnut paste was one of the most memorable challenges in Series Five.

Povitica recipe

Battenberg cake
Though it looks fiddly, it’s actually easier than you might think.

Battenberg cake

Swedish princess cake
With 24 stages, the contestants found Swedish princess cake a serious challenge but we’ve got an easy recipe. You can even use readymade marzipan.

Swedish princess cake


Custard tart
In 2013, almost everyone failed to make egg custard tarts, but this family-sized one is foolproof.

Custard tart

In Series Two, the contestants faced one of their hardest trials yet – a display of macarons that tasted as beautiful as they looked. Here’s how to make the tricky French favourite.

Macarons recipe

Mary Berry’s fondant fancies
In 2012, fondant fancies stumped virtually all the contestants – with some incredibly ugly results.

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