Mary Berry serves up a generous slice of her easiest-ever cake recipes

With a splash of colour and a serious mixture of taste, Mary shows us how we can turn cake into artistic creation.

Marble cake

Serves 8

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Cals: 366/Sat fat: 12g

  • 175g baking spread, from fridge
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 level tbsp cocoa powder
  • Few drops red colouring

Confetti tray bake

Makes 20 pieces

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Cals: 253/Sat fat: 6g

  • 225g baking spread, from fridge
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4tbsp milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

To finish:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 2 level tbsp hundreds and thousands

Milk chocolate cake

Serves 8

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Cals: 493/Sat fat: 17g

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 100g baking spread, from fridge
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150ml evaporated milk
  • For the icing:
  • 25g baking spread
  • 25g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2tbsp evaporated milk
  • 125g icing sugar, sifted
  • Bournville chocolate, grated into shards, to decorate (optional)

For the filling:

  • 150ml double cream, lightly whipped

Chocolate orange loaf

Serves 12

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Cals: 261/Sat fat: 10g

  • 175g baking spread, from fridge
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 3⁄4 level tsp baking powder
  • Zest 1 orange, finely grated
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk

For the icing:

  • 50g butter
  • 25g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2–3 tbsp orange juice
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • Recipes from Fast Cakes: Easy Bakes In Minutes by Mary Berry (£26, Headline), out now.

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