There is genuine happiness in homemade cake at teatime. Shop-bought cake is all very well for pudding, but homecake cake is right and proper for tea.

Anyone can bake a cake and enjoy it-all you need is sugar, eggs, flour, butter, a little time and a modicum of patience. Cakes don’t like to be hurried, which is just as well, as it’s the process itself-beating, folding, mixing, tipping, spreading, waiting-that brings the warm glow of a job well done, making it all worthwhile. And if the end result isn’t quite perfect-well, who needs perfection anyway? It’s the thought that counts.

Discover some of our favourite cake recipes here at Country Life, from chefs including our kitchen garden cook: Melanie Johnson, Thomasina Miers, Elisabeth Luard and more.

Make delicious rose cake

Make Mrs Foyle's delicious rose cake this summer and celebrate the beauty of our garden roses.

Gluten free chocolate cake

This rich, moreish chocolate cake is ideal for dinner parties, a picnic or afternoon tea, and is gluten free.

Apricot crumble cake

Nigel Slater offers a grown-up version of the classic crumble.