- Rich, gooey brownies never tasted so good
- Victoria sponge cake royally energy-efficient
- Make six crème brûlées for just 1p in energy
What do ten of Britiain’s favourite bakes have in common? They're all delicious classics, of course, but – in a little Great British bake off of our own – we’ve also put them up against each other in a test of energy-efficiency. And these are the winning top 10.
Take a look at our ultimate countdown of the top ten most energy-efficient bakes, with a recipe for each one. Yum.
1. Creamy eclairs - 11p
24 silky eclairs set you back just 11p in energy, which we think more than justifies eating that sweet, sweet cream filling.
2. Gooey brownies - 9p
Nine pence for 20 slabs of warm, gooey goodness is a bargain. In energy terms, naturally.
3. Fluffy madeira cake - 7p
This buttery afternoon delight was, historically, served with fortified wine in the 19th century. Without the wine, of course, it rolls in at 7p a cake.
4. Deliciously rich croissants - 6p
Dip a buttered chunk into a freshly brewed cup of coffee, like they do in France, and savour the energy-efficient beauty of it all.
5. Indulgent black forest gateau - 5p
Decadent, impressive, tantalisingly big; the BFG of cakes is also surprisingly energy efficient at just 5p a bake.
6. Stunning victoria sponge cake - 5p
At 5p per cake, Victoria Sponge is royally energy-efficient. And, yes, it was named after Queen Victoria (she had a sweet tooth).
7. Buttery shortbread - 5p
Originally ‘biscuit bread’ made from leftover dough (without the butter) in medieval times, Scotland’s buttery shortbread is as thrifty to make as ever.
8. The perfect scones - 5p
Scones were originally served as triangles, made with oats. The thick, round version we know today costs the equivalent of just 5p in energy for 8-12 deliciously dense cakes.
9. Delicate cream horns - 4p
Toward the most energy-efficient end of the spectrum are dainty cream horns – 4p makes 12. Obviously that makes eating them incredibly efficient too.
10. Velvety crème brûlée - 1p
For just 1p in energy you can make yourself six crème brûlées. Vanilla-rich and a classic crowdpleaser, here’s a pud worth making every time.
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Calculated using the max/min recommended bake time according to recipe.
Costs calculated using the sust-it Energy Cost Calculator.
Energy costs based on cooking to recipes linked within each bake’s caption.
Published January 2017. All facts and figures correct at the time of publishing.