Lisa Faulkner's fantasy cake recipe

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Lisa Faulkner's fantasy cake recipe is a deliciously summery treat made with strawberries or raspberries, or both! It's lovely served warm as a dessert

Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 15 mins
Total Time1 hours 35 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Lisa Faulkner's fantasy cake recipe is a deliciously summery treat made with strawberries or raspberries, or both! Lisa makes the cake all the time but she's altered it slightly over the years. The fruit she's used has varied, so feel free to use your favourite. It's lovely served warm as a dessert.


  • 175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp almond essence
  • 400g strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered depending on size, or raspberries, or both
  • icing sugar, for dusting




  1. Preheat the oven to 160C, gas 3 and grease and line a 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the flour, eggs, milk, ground almonds and almond essence and mix well. Stir in the fruit, reserving a handful for decorating.
  3. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and put the remaining handful of fruit on top of the cake.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1-1.15 hours. To test if it is cooked, pierce the cake with a skewer - if it's clean when you pull it out the cake is cooked. If it's not, return the cake for another 5-10 minutes and check again.
  5. Turn the cake out of the tin onto a wire rack to cool and dust with icing sugar. It's best served just as it's turning from warm to room temperature.
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Lisa says: 'This recipe is so easy and it tastes like summer, full of delicious gooey strawberries'

Lisa Faulkner is the actress turned celebrity chef who won series five of the popular BBC TV show, Celebrity Masterchef. Since winning the show in 2010, she has released five cookbooks full of homely recipes that have quickly become family favorites. Born in London, she started modelling at 15 and spent time in Paris before moving on to acting at 16 years old. Lisa went on to star in some of the most well loved soaps and TV dramas including Holby City, Spooks and EastEnders. Lisa has a daughter, 13-year old Billie who she adopted with her first husband Chris Coghill. Speaking openly about her daughter, Lisa has said adopting Billie was the best day of her life, “I’ll remember that day for the rest of my life. It’s the greatest privilege to be a mother and the greatest challenge of my life and one for which I’m so grateful. Seeing my daughter develop and learn is a miracle to me.” She split from Coghill in 2011 and married Masterchef Judge, John Torode in 2019 after seven years of dating. Many of Lisa’s recipes are inspired by her mother’s own cooking - “The wonderful aromas, the knife on the chopping board and her wedding ring tinkling against her glass rolling pin as she shaped pastry. Everything that she made was delicious, and to me she was just magic.” With this in mind, she curates wholesome flavours and family favourites like fish and chips (opens in new tab), leg of lamb (opens in new tab) and delicious blueberry muffins (opens in new tab) within her collections. This taste for family cooking she brings online to her social media (opens in new tab) channels, where she shares her secret to some of the most well-loved recipes out there and offers an insight into her life with husband John. If you’re looking for tasty and nourishing recipes for your family, we’re sure to have the Lisa Faulkner recipes you’ll need to be inspired in the kitchen.