Macmillan Coffee Morning: 32 of the best recipes and ideas

We all love a slice of cake with a cup of coffee, which is why we're so excited about Macmillan Coffee Morning. If you're planning your own coffee morning or sale, here are 30 cakes and bake recipes for inspiration...

Mary Berry's lemon drizzle cake
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We all love a slice of cake with a cup of coffee, which is why we're so excited about this year's Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Raise money, awareness and have a nice time catching up with friends and family by hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning this September.

From tray bakes to cupcakes, we've rounded up some of our favourite treats to whip up and share with loved ones.

This year, the Macmillan’s Coffee Morning campaign starts from Friday 24 September, but you can hold your own at any time. The charity uses the proceeds to support the growing number of people living with cancer across the UK. Sign up at coffeeregister.macmillan.org.uk (opens in new tab)

Macmillan Coffee Morning recipes and ideas

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Mary Berry's lemon drizzle cake

(Image credit: Ti Media)

Mary Berry's classic lemon drizzle cake recipe is one of our most popular recipes and you'll soon see why! It's cheap, quick and easy and something all your friends and family will love tucking into...

Get the recipe: Mary Berry’s Lemon Drizzle cake (opens in new tab)

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Mary Berry’s chocolate cake

Mary Berry’s chocolate cake

You can’t go wrong with a rich and creamy chocolate cake with a light fluffy sponge. Mary Berry’s chocolate cake will certainly have people talking.

Get the recipe: Mary Berry’s chocolate cake (opens in new tab)

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Chocolate brownies

Macmillan Coffee Morning, chocolate brownies

The perfect option if you're feeding a lot of people in one go as this mouthwatering chocolate brownies recipe makes 24. Made with melted chocolate.

Get the recipe: Chocolate brownie recipe (opens in new tab)

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Chocolate mocha coconut muffins

Chocolate mocha coconut muffins

We just love these chocolate mocha coconut muffins (opens in new tab) and we think your friends and family are going to love them too! Sell for 50p-£1 for each muffin and you'll make some good money for Macmillan.

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Lemon and vanilla fairy cakes

Lemon and vanilla fairy cakes

Watch these pretty little lemon and vanilla fairy cakes (opens in new tab) disappear in minutes. They're really easy to make and you can make a large batch in one go too!

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Battenburg cake

Battenburg cake

Battenburg cake (opens in new tab) is having a revival thanks to The Great British Bake Off, so why not put your baking skills to the test by making your own? You'll never want to buy Battenburg from the shops again.

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Pear and blueberry cake

Pear and blueberry cake

Pears are in season and work really well in cakes, like this lovely pear and blueberry cake (opens in new tab). It's super-easy to make and is packed full of fruit.

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Peanut butter swirl brownies

Peanut butter swirl brownies

Who can say no to a brownie? Quick and simple to serve up, the chocolate in these peanut butter swirl brownies (opens in new tab) is brought alive by the saltiness of the nuts. Delicious!

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Coffee and walnut cake

Coffee and walnut cake

You can't have a coffee morning without a big slice of coffee cake!

Perfect for small gatherings with friends and bigger bake sales alike,

this coffee and walnut cake (opens in new tab) makes the ultimate coffee cake.

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Violet cream cupcakes

Violet cream cupcakes

These fancy violet cream cupcakes (opens in new tab) are a more sophisticated treat to sell at your coffee morning. Serve on vintage plates with little forks to complete the look.

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Carrot cake

Carrot cake

Carrot cake is always a popular choice with hungry hoards. Watch this carrot cake (opens in new tab), with simple but effective decorations, fly off the plates.

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Pistachio and white chocolate cookies

Pistachio and white chocolate cookies

Cookies are another great option to serve with a pot of coffee. There's

an endless amount of versions you could create to wow your guests, but

we love these white chocolate and pistachio (opens in new tab) ones.

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Cherry and vanilla sponge

Cherry and vanilla sponge

A classic Victoria sponge cake is guaranteed to go down well and this cherry and vanilla sponge (opens in new tab) adds an original twist on the family favourite that your guests will love.

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

Make up a few batches of these chocolate chip cookies (opens in new tab) for those who fancy a biscuit with their cuppa. Ready in just 30 mins.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Chocolate chip cookies

Blueberry muffins

Why not serve up a batch of muffins at your coffee morning? You could go

for a sweet or savoury filling, but we think these seasonal blueberry muffins (opens in new tab) will go down a storm.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Mocha cupcakes

Antony Worrall Thompson's mocha cupcakes

Continuing with the coffee theme, these mocha cupcakes (opens in new tab) by AWT will leave people begging for the recipe - they're a real mid-morning treat.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: White chocolate and raspberry blondies

White chocolate and raspberry blondies

Made with white chocolate, these white chocolate and raspberry blondies (opens in new tab) are an airier alternative to brownies.

Macmillan Coffee Morning White chocolate and blackberry cupcakes

White chocolate and blackberry cupcakes

These classy white chocolate and blackberry cupcakes (opens in new tab) by goodtoknow's cupcake queen Victoria Threader would look good on any bake sale table.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Upside-down chocolate pear pudding

Upside-down chocolate pear pudding

Wow, look at the pretty pattern on this upside-down chocolate pear cake (opens in new tab). It looks too pretty to cut up, but your guests will soon be demanding that you do.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Carrot cake muffins

Carrot cake muffins

Making a change from slices of carrot cake, these carrot cake muffins (opens in new tab) will melt-in-the-mouth thanks to their honey spread and cream cheese topping.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Apple crumble tray bake

Apple crumble tray bake

Apples are another great seasonal fruit to incorporate into some of your bakes. This apple crumble tray bake (opens in new tab) combines a soft sponge, sweet cinnamon infused apples and a crumbly topping together to make one delicious treat.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Simple cinnamon whirls

Simple cinnamon whirls

These cinnamon whirls (opens in new tab) are yeasty buns made using a pizza-base mix for speed and ease, with a buttery cinnamon flavoured filling. Perfect with a steaming mug of coffee.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Gluten-free coconut cookies

Gluten-free coconut cookies

Gluten-free diets can be tricky to cater for without the right recipes.These fab coconut cookies (opens in new tab) are the perfect solution for your gluten-free guests - they can dunk them into their coffee!

Flapjack fingers

Flapjack fingers

How about making some flapjack fingers? (opens in new tab) A great source of slow-release energy, you'll be surprised how many people pick them over cakes!

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Banana bread

Banana bread

A fat slice of banana bread (opens in new tab) is the perfect side to a rich coffee. Simple yet timeless, you can make this recipe in advance and slice on the day.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Millionaires shortbread

Millionaires shortbread

Oh we do love a Millionaire's shortbread (opens in new tab) especially when it's this easy to make. Follow our recipe for perfect squares every time.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Lemon tart

Lemon tart

This tangy lemon tart (opens in new tab) has just the right balance of sweet and sour to make it appropriate for a mid-morning treat.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Plum cake

Plum cake

Topped with crumble, this plum cake (opens in new tab) is a comforting bake for when the temperature drops and you’re in need of something sweet.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Babka with chocolate and pecans

Babka with chocolate and pecans

This sweet enriched loaf, otherwise known as a babka is a trendy confection all the way from Eastern Europe. We’ve used a chocolate and pecan filling to make our babka really luxurious!

Macmillan Coffee Morning ideas: Elderflower and lemon drizzle cake

Elderflower and lemon drizzle cake

Try this classy elderflower and lemon drizzle cake (opens in new tab) for an impressive centre piece at your coffee morning or on the cake stall.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry cheesecake

You can’t go wrong with a classic blueberry cheesecake (opens in new tab) . Alter the recipe with strawberries, raspberries or a mix to suit your tastes.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Gingerbread cubes

Gingerbread cubes

These flavoursome gingerbread cubes (opens in new tab) can be made up to a month in advance and frozen, just defrost and ice on the day - simple!

Where do you Macmillan donations go?

The average Coffee Morning raised £280 in 2018, which is enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for a whole day.

£20 could help the frontline staff on our Macmillan Support Line deal with a call or web enquiry

£30 could Pay for a Macmillan nurse for 1 hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support

£100 could lead to our welfare rights advisers on our Macmillan Support Line helping people affected by cancer to claim £4,231 in benefits they are entitled to

£200 could pay for a Macmillan Grant that helps a person living with cancer heat their home when they really need to

£1,000 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week - helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support

Sibelle Mehmet
Sibelle Mehmet

Sibelle Mehmet is a Junior Digital Writer at Goodto.com. She joined the team in April 2019 and was her first job since completing a MA in Magazine Journalism at City, the University of London in the summer of 2019. Sibelle previously interned at a number of national titles including OK!, Heat, Closer, Mother & Baby, and The Times Newspaper magazine. She's written extensively about the latest celebrity, showbiz, and royal news.