January is usually a time for new eating regimes and pledging to avoid all food sins (including that leftover box of Christmas biscuits). It certainly seems an odd month for the sweetest of national food holidays: Chocolate Cake Day (27 January). But we think you should look at it as a chance to indulge in life’s occasional treats by cooking up one of your own. Best of all, we’ve come up with three tempting recipes that will help you stick to any new year diet changes while still satisfying your sweet tooth. Stick to your Veganuary guns with a frozen cheesecake made with antioxidant-rich berries or try a dark, dense seeded olive oil cake that’s dairy-free. For a real showstopper, our egg-rich but flour-free sponge sandwich, with lashings of crème fraiche and cherries, should do the trick. Saintly they might not be, but there’s no denying the delicious factor when it comes to these alternative cakes.