Mary Berry's best-ever dessert recipes

Updated on 10 July 2019 | 0 Comments

Finish your meal on a high with Mary Berry’s best cake and pudding recipes.

The undisputed Queen of Cakes, Mary Berry’s recipes are foolproof and much loved both in the UK and beyond. Famous for no soggy bottoms and the lightest sponges, her cakes and puddings are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. From classic desserts to indulgent cakes, we’ve picked our favourite Mary Berry’s dessert recipes.

Apple and lemon sandwich cake

The ultimate cream sponge cake, this sandwich cake combines tart apples with zesty lemons in a refreshing summery treat. The grated apple in the sponge mixture helps the cake stay really moist while the lemon flavour cuts through the richness of the cream. You can prep this cake ahead of time as it will keep in the fridge for up to a day and the cooked sponge also freezes really well.

Mary Berry apple and lemon sandwich cake
Mary Berry's Quick Cooking/BBC Books

Malted chocolate cake

One of Mary Berry's most popular recipes, this malted chocolate cake is perfect for a special occasion. A great showstopper dessert, the cake's creamy malted chocolate icing is incredibly indulgent. Conveniently, both the cake and the icing can be prepped ahead of time, frozen and defrosted before assembling.

Marbled coffee ring cake

A tea-time treat, this marbled coffee ring cake looks spectacular and requires much less effort that you'd imagine to put together. All you need is a ring mould for the cake itself, while a plastic bag (a sandwich bag for example) can be fashioned into a piping bag to decorate the cake with the white chocolate drizzle.

Marbled coffee ring cake
Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook/DK

Carrot and walnut cake

An unbeatable classic, this carrot and walnut cake is beautifully moist. For this recipe, it's important to use full-fat cream cheese otherwise it will just run off the cake. Easy to make, this is a foolproof recipe that you'll want to make again and again.


A take on the classic Italian dessert, this tiramisù can be made into individual portions or as a large sharing dish to bring to the table. Make sure you give the sponge fingers a good dunking, so they absorb all the flavour from the coffee and brandy. If you can't find sponge fingers, try trifle sponges or sponge cake, although these will be less robust once dipped.

Mary Berry tiramisu
Mary Berry's Quick Cooking/BBC Books

Vanilla cupcakes with swirly icing

Impressive to look at yet easy to make, everyone will love these vanilla cupcakes. You can easily achieve the swirled effect by using a regular piping bag or plastic bag – simply spoon the coloured icing down one side of the bag, then spoon the non-coloured icing down the other side. Be careful with food colouring though, you don't want your icing to look artificial.

Christmas pudding

A British Christmas classic, Christmas pudding is an absolute must for Christmas Day. In this recipe, Mary Berry suggests making it up to three months ahead, so the pudding has enough time absorb and intensify all the flavours. When the big day comes, the pudding can be steamed before serving and enjoyed with brandy butter.

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