The nights are drawing in and the temperature is dropping, but there's one thing that's sure to warm you up from the inside out, and that's a cup of tea and a tasty autumn bake fresh from the oven.
Autumnal fruits like pumpkin and pear add a nice hit of sweetness and moistness to any cake, while spices like cinnamon and ginger give a warming depth of flavour.
From ginger cake, to a hidden pear loaf, here are a few of our favourite autumnal baking recipes to inspire your weekend baking…
Moist and gooey with just the right amount of spice, ginger cake has long been a firm autumnal favourite. Our take on the international classic is rich, dark and oh-so irresistible thanks to the lashings of treacle, golden syrup and ginger lurking within. Serve this lovely loaf cake on Bonfire Night with flasks of tea, or with custard for a hearty pud.
Apple crumble and parmesan cake
What sort of autumnal cake round-up would this be without an apple cake?
Our apple crumble and Parmesan cake is the ultimate crowd-pleaser as the temperatures start to drop outside. Rich and nutty Parmesan brings out the sweet and tangy flavour of the apples in this traditional-with-a-twist bake. This cake keeps well in an airtight container, making it perfect for whipping out halfway through an autumn woodland walk.
Gluten-free clementine cake
Sweet and zesty, clementines come into season from the end of October through until the new year. These mini citrus fruits are perfect for candying or preserving in brandy come Christmas, but you don't have to wait until the festive season to make use of clementines - they can also transform your cake from flavourless to flawless as quick as you can say "sweetclem".
Our clementine traybake made with ground almonds for moisture is ideal for coeliacs as we've used gluten-free flour and gluten-free baking powder - meaning nobody has to miss out on a slice of the tasty, autumnal action.
Pumpkin, pine nut and honey cake
Pumpkins aren't just for carving. Add some grated pumpkin to your cake batter for a deliciously moist cake perfect for Halloween and Bonfire Night.
This sophisticated pumpkin, pine nut and honey cake is like a cross between cake and a torte. Top with a spoonful of mascarpone to amp up the indulgence factor. Pumpkin pie has never looked so good!
Guinness may not be your first port-of-call when it comes to cake flavouring ideas, but the Irish stout adds a deliciously rich and malty kick to this chocolate cake perfect for celebrations and get-togethers. We've topped ours with a Baileys-infused cream, because, why not?
Hidden pear loaf cake
Sweet, soft pears are one of autumn's most overlooked fruits in our books. That's why we've made them the star of the show in this spiced chocolate loaf cake. Conference pears are poached in syrup then submerged in a chocolate and stem ginger cake batter. Sweet, spicy and oh-so moist, there's no reason you shouldn't whip up this tasty treat.