The splashes of cake mixture and light dusting of flour on my copy of Mary Berry's Simple Cakes shows that it is much used. It's a favourite because it has plenty of photo illustrations, the recipes are easy to follow and the cakes are always fantastic.
Banana cake is one of our regulars. It's easy peasy to make as all the ingredients get thrown in together, whisked, then poured in to the tin and into the oven. It's a brilliant way to use up old bananas that turn black in the fruit bowl, in fact the more rancid the better!
Another foolproof favourite is lemon drizzle cake.
And the chocolate roulade can confer domestic goddess status!