Ditch the pinny and head to the supermarket instead. We’ve rounded up the best celebration cakes you can buy without even lifting a whisk, whether you’ve got a big birthday to plan, a special anniversary or a cute baby shower.

M&S is where it’s at when it comes to sweet treats and their celebration cakes department is no exception. Available in various shapes and sizes, with flavours for all tastes – whether you like citrusy lemon cakes or playful rainbow sponges – there’s dozens of options to choose from.

M&S’s kick the ball out of the park when it comes to shop-bought with all their cakes handmade by bakers to the highest quality standard and hand-finished by expert cake decorators. The ingredients list is no different, using fresh, quality ingredients, and always including free-range eggs and with no artificial flavours across the range. 

They can all be easily ordered online and picked up in store, plus, many can be personalised with names or heartfelt messages to got that extra mile for your loved one. And if you are feeling really generous, why not pick up some gorgeous blooms to go with – these are our top picks of flowers and plants from M&S this autumn.

Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you didn’t make them yourself.

Best For Pretending Your Did It Yourself

M&S’s naked cakes are the perfect blank canvas for creating something truly unique. Choose from a light and fluffy madeira sponge, generously filled and lightly masked with vanilla buttercream; or the rich chocolate sponge, generously filled and lightly finished with decadent chocolate buttercream. Yum.

Top these naked cakes with edible flowers, macarons or playful decorations for a real showstopper. No one will know you didn't make it yourself.

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Best For A Baby Shower Or Gender Reveal Party

Whether you know you’re having a boy or a girl or you want to surprise your friends and family with a sweet gender reveal party, M&S has a range of cute pastel-hued delights to toast your good news with.

The baby shower four-tier cakes serve 16 and are filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream. All topped off with pink or blue vanilla buttercream and decorated with a cute cloud motif, sprinkles and a little pair of white chocolate feet. Almost too cute to eat… almost.

The Instagram-loved gender reveal party has officially become a thing here in the UK and M&S are making planning one all the easier with their four-layered light sponge cake filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream. Cut inside to find a cascading pile of pink or blue chocolate buttons for the big surprise.

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Best For Chocoholics

When in doubt, go for chocolate and lots of it. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone birthday, a new job or exam success, few guests will be disappointed with layers and layers of chocolatey heaven. M&S have them by the bucket load, from the decadent Chocolate & Caramel Cake to the show stopping Milk Dark & White Chocolate Layers Cake, and a delightfully rich yet fluffy Red Velvet Cake ready to be personalised with a name or sweet message.

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Best For Children’s Birthday Parties

Whether they’re into digging for treasure or pretending they’re a mermaid, all their birthday dreams will be answered with one of M&S’s adorable children’s birthday cakes. And failing you can’t find one that suits, there’s always everyone’s favourite, Colin the Caterpillar, to fall back on.

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The prettiest of cakes come in the form of the Flower Festival Tulip Cake made of four-tiers of sponge and hand-piped with vanilla buttercream tulips; the Luscious Lemon Cake – a golden delight of light sponge sandwiched with lemon flavoured buttercream and lemon curd. Finished with more buttercream, lemon curd and chocolate discs. Heavenly.

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