Three delicious cake recipes that rise to the occasion

Bake up some delicious cakes with no fuss thanks to these recipes from The Plain Cake Appreciation Society, the new book by Tilly Pamment

The sour cream in the batter helps keep this chocolate cake lovely and soft

A simple chocolate cake

This is a very simple chocolate cake. It’s a melt-and-mix number that delivers a nostalgically light, uncomplicated cake. Quite a lot of sour cream in the batter helps keep it lovely and soft, and topped with a simple chocolate icing and sprinkles or dried petal confetti, it’s pure childish delight.

In fact, I can be sure that as soon as I get out the scales and chocolate, Kip – my three-year-old ...