Everybody loves tasty spongy desserts, but baking can take long. Not only you do have to shop for all the products, but there are also countless steps to follow, and the result may be disappointing. If you want to avoid the hassle of lengthy baking instructions, try these five simple options. 

These cakes are light, fluffy, and perfect for lunch or afternoon tea. You are bound to appreciate these simple yet delicious desserts. Even if baking is not your strong side, you will love the process, and amaze your loved ones! 

1. Fudge — lush chocolate taste!

Use a food processor to mix self-raising flour, cocoa, baking powder, muscovado sugar, butter, softened eggs, vanilla extract and melted dark chocolate. After whizzing, pour into the tins and bake! 20 minutes and it is ready. For the icing, mix softened butter with icing sugar and melted dark chocolate. 

2. Pistachio and lime delight — easy and incredibly tasty!

Throw pistachios into a food processor along with sugar. Next go the sour cream, butter, eggs, flour, baking powder, vanilla, bicarb, and lime zest. Then pour into the tins and bake for just under an hour. Make icing using lime juice and icing sugar. Spoon over the baked food and sprinkle your masterpiece with pistachio slivers.

3. Victoria sponge — deliciously springy!

Beat some butter along with some golden caster sugar. Next, break in some eggs, a little flour and resume beating until tripled volume. Pour in vanilla paste. In another bowl, mix flour with a tablespoon of baking powder. Throw in a pinch of salt, and add the contents of the first bowl gradually. Pour into tins and bake until golden (just under half an hour). The cream consists of double cream whipped with icing sugar and vanilla.

4. Orange and lime — wow!

Butter and caster sugar are beaten until fluffy. Next, eggs are whisked, and flour is sifted in. Add baking powder, orange zest, and polenta, with a pinch of salt. Transfer the batter into the tin and bake for half an hour. With a skewer, make twelve holes in the surface, not the whole way through.

It is now time for the cream! Mix blood orange juice with lemon juice and icing sugar, and pour half onto the surface. Let it cool for a while to soak in the tasty juices, and finish off with the remaining half of it. 

5. Red velvet — a luxury-looking treat!

Mix self-raising flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, and caster sugar. Next, beat the eggs, adding oil, buttermilk, and food coloring. Stir everything together until smooth, divide between tins and pop into the oven. Bake for half an hour and add some frosting in between the layers and on top! It only contains three ingredients: icing sugar, cream cheese, and butter! 

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