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Top 10 Twists on The Best British Bakes

Whether you’re a sweet or savoury kind of person, Britain’s classic bakes are undeniably delicious. These treats are guaranteed to be gracing the shelves of every bakery you could wish to find whilst in Britain, they are the staples, the iconic must-haves of our baked-goods scene. We thought it would be interesting to see just how much we could adapt these traditional recipes to suit our ever changing modern day tastes, some of these are pretty ‘out there’ and some are just plain brilliant.

To begin we did some research into what Britain’s Classic Bakes are:

  1. Bakewell Tart
  2. Scones
  3. Victoria Sponge Cake
  4. Butterfly Cakes
  5. Sticky Toffee Pudding
  6. Apple Crumble
  7. Lemon drizzle Cake
  8. Classic White Loaf
  9. Shortbreads
  10. French Fancies

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Without further ado, let the changes commence!


The Bakewell Tart

Beautifully British, the Bakewell is always a hit, but could it really be improved? We are transforming this one into a gorgeous little Cherry Bakewell Cupcake, with a little help from Jane’s Patisserie this transformation began. View the recipe here.



As a vital member of Cream Tea, Afternoon Tea and High Tea the scone may just be one of the most famous and delicious British bakes that exists. Slather with cream and strawberry jam and you have yourself a desert and a half; but could it get even better? We are very excited to bring you this recipe from Take A Megabite, for a Giant Scone Cake. Yes you read that correctly, this cake is simply an oversized scone, this concept it so simple and looks even more delicious than a regular scone. Who knew that was even possible! View the recipe here.


Victoria Sponge Cake

There isn’t much you can do to improve a classic Victorias Sponge, it ticks all the boxes. That said, we are very big fans of anything miniature and giant for that matter. These miniature sponges are perfect for tea-parties, birthday parties, or even just a quiet night in. This recipe is from Oh Sweet Day, view it here.

Butterfly Cakes

Okay, so this one is a little bit of a leap but we still love the transformation here. From rustic to beautiful these Butterfly Cookies are a sure conversation starter, the recipe is from Sweet Sugar Belle view it here.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Is there really a greater dessert than Sticky Toffee? Whether you’re a cream or a custard type of person this one is going to put a smile on your face. This classic dessert has morphed it’s self into a cookie. Yes, that’s right, a cookie. This recipe is from Cookies and Cups, you can view it here.

Apple Crumble

Another timeless classic, one that we would have bet our last nickel couldn’t have been improved… Until now. The dreamy combination of vanilla ice-cream and apple crumble have had a love-child, all thanks to Heinstirred, view their recipe here.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Light, summery and satisfying. Lemon drizzle is a surefire winner, every time. Inspired by the classic lemon drizzle cake, these Lemon Drizzle Blondies will definitely hit the spot. This recipe is from Crazy for Crust and you can view it here.

White Loaf

Bread and butter, the staple of the nation. Perfect for sandwiches, french toast, grilled cheese, all breakfasts, to dip in soups, the list goes on and on. How to make the classic white loaf even better? Add a sugary, cinnamon swirl through out, this unbelievably delicious recipe is from Baking a Moment, view it here.


Nothing beats a shortbread and a good brew, but why not put a little more excitement into the shortbread? This Vanilla Bean & Fig Shortbread Drizzled with Honey Glaze is a fabulous spin on the classic biscuit, this recipe is from Vegetarian Ventures and you can view it here.

The French Fancy

The Mr.Kipling classic that you just can’t get enough of, what can make this little bundle of joy even better? Check out this recipe for a giant French Fancy by Pimp That Snack, view here.

So there you have it, our favourite modern spins on the all-time classics. We’d love to know which is your favourite, and if you attempt any of the recipes included, simply drop us an email or tag us on our social channels!

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