What cake can I make for Mother's Day?

Our expert explains how to bake beautifully with basic skills

I’d like to make a cake for my mum on Mother’s Day but my baking skills are basic. Do you have any suggestions?

– Jenny Roberts, Arabian Ranches, Dubai

Intricate cakes look stunning but can be a challenge for novice bakers. So, it’s best to keep things simple with a classic recipe. It’s hard to go wrong with crowd pleasers such as a Victoria sponge or loaf cake – for the perfect result worthy of Mother’s Day, remember to follow your recipe carefully, as cake-making is a precise art.

Instead of baking one large cake, you might find it easier to rustle up a batch of smaller treats such as chocolate brownies, flapjacks, shortbread, muffins or cupcakes. To give your bakes the special treatment for Mother’s Day, dust them with icing sugar and present on a pretty cake stand, ready for your mum to tuck in.

If time is tight, there’s a great range of ready-made cakes and sweet treats available at Spinneys that can all be given a personal touch with the addition of some of your mum’s favourite fruit – serve with handfuls of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to add a lovely fresh colour.

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