23 Must-Make Cakes to Bake Before Summer Ends

You know how some people have a summer bucket list? Picnic on the beach, run the full loop around the park, eat at least one whole tomato per day (grape tomatoes excluded), read a book a week, catch a sunrise or two?

I have that, too…only my list co…

You know how some people have a summer bucket list? Picnic on the beach, run the full loop around the park, eat at least one whole tomato per day (grape tomatoes excluded), read a book a week, catch a sunrise or two?

I have that, too...only my list consists exclusively of the cakes I want to bake while the summer's sweetest fruits are still here. Squidgy, buttery, lemony-bright, and good for wrapping in parchment and toting on the bus, these are the cakes I'll miss most once apple season's in full swing and we're flinging cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa like confetti.

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Strawberry, Lemon & Elderflower Cake

This is the cake features a fresh strawberry buttercream and elderflower cordial – can’t get more summery than THAT. As I find layer cakes endlessly frustrating to make, I decided to go sheet cake style here. They’re very easy to make and decorate so are much better for my level of patience!   Fresh strawberry buttercream frosting: Strawberries are definitely something that taste best in season. But as we’re cooking them down into a jam for the frosting here, using slightly crappy strawberries (or frozen ones) is definitely a good option. The cooking process helps to concentrate the flavour so you get a nice strawberry hit. Cooking them also reduces the water content so you get a kind of ‘jam’ which, when cooled, can be incorporated into your icing with ease. You may need to adjust the amount of icing sugar to get the right consistency as the frosting can come out a bit runnier than you may be used to. The strawberries provide a nice pale pink colour to the icing but you can add a few drops of pink/red gel food colouring to the icing to make the colour stronger.

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This is the cake features a fresh strawberry buttercream and elderflower cordial – can’t get more summery than THAT.

As I find layer cakes endlessly frustrating to make, I decided to go sheet cake style here. They’re very easy to make and decorate so are much better for my level of patience!

 

Fresh strawberry buttercream frosting:

Strawberries are definitely something that taste best in season. But as we’re cooking them down into a jam for the frosting here, using slightly crappy strawberries (or frozen ones) is definitely a good option. The cooking process helps to concentrate the flavour so you get a nice strawberry hit. Cooking them also reduces the water content so you get a kind of ‘jam’ which, when cooled, can be incorporated into your icing with ease. You may need to adjust the amount of icing sugar to get the right consistency as the frosting can come out a bit runnier than you may be used to. The strawberries provide a nice pale pink colour to the icing but you can add a few drops of pink/red gel food colouring to the icing to make the colour stronger.

Strawberry, Lemon & Elderflower Cake

Strawberry, Lemon & Elderflower Cake

Yield: serves 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 160g unsalted butter
  • zest of 1 lemon, finely grated (you need the juice for the buttercream)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250ml natural yogurt
  • 270g plain white flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp elderflower cordial

Buttercream:

  • 75g fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped (plus a few for decoration)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200-300g icing sugar (powdered sugar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line an 20 x 20cm square tin or a 25 x 17 cm rectangle tin.
  2. Cream the sugar, butter and lemon zest together in a large mixing bowl until fluffy and soft. Beat in the eggs one at a time - it’s okay if it looks like the mixture is curdling. Stir in the yogurt. Add in both flours, the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and fold in gently until just combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes until it’s golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Dilute the elderflower cordial with 2 tbsp of water in a small bowl and spoon this over the warm cake to soak in. Set aside to cool before frosting.

For the buttercream:

  1. Blitz the strawberries and lemon juice together in a blender/food processor or in a jug using a hand blender. Pour the blended mixture into a medium pot and heat over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced down to about 60ml. Let it cool - this is your strawberry ‘jam’.
  2. Beat the softened butter together with 200g of the icing sugar. Gradually mix in the strawberry 'jam', until you have a loose but spreadable consistency. You can add more icing sugar to thicken, if needed. Spread this over the cooled cake and top with the extra strawberries (I slice them) to decorate. 

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Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake.

Blueberry peach coffee cake is perfect for summer! Like a giant blueberry muffin studded with peaches, topped with crumb and vanilla icing. Ideal for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon snack. Give me any excuse to have cake for breakfast!  Coffee cake is a dream, because it’s really just dessert for breakfast. I mean, who doesn’t […]

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Blueberry peach coffee cake is perfect for summer! Like a giant blueberry muffin studded with peaches, topped with crumb and vanilla icing. Ideal for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon snack.

Give me any excuse to have cake for breakfast! 

blueberry peach coffee cake

Coffee cake is a dream, because it’s really just dessert for breakfast. I mean, who doesn’t want a fluffy cake topped with streusel and icing first thing in the morning with a mug of piping hot coffee?

Set it all out on a patio while looking at the water in the cool morning air and summer is MADE.

Gotta make that happen. ASAP. 

blueberry peach coffee cake

This super summery coffee cake is lovely because it’s loaded with summer fruit. You can make it the night before and serve it the next morning for guests, or yourself, or your family – or even take it somewhere. It can also be real dessert, of course. Or an afternoon snack with coffee or tea!

cake batter with blueberries and peaches

I LOVE the blueberry peach combo. There is something about it that is just so summery, so delicious and also, so pretty!

In The Pretty Dish, I have a blueberry peach cobbler bar recipe that is just wonderful. One of my favorite things. The blueberries burst and get so juicy and the peaches taste like cobbler. So darn good.

cake batter with blueberries and peaches

This coffee cake is like that! Like a giant blueberry muffin studded with precious little peach chunks.

Summer in a cake! 

blueberry peach coffee cake

The cake is topped with my favorite crumb topping that I’ve used on coffee cakes in the past and that I use on all my muffins. Then, a classic icing over top for that extra sweetness that no one needs, but it completes the coffee cake!

blueberry peach coffee cake

I adore how fluffy and warming this cake is.

In a season where we are used to enjoying mostly ice cream or shakes or frosty treats, a cake like this is a welcome little change – comforting and perfect. (more…)

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Simple Blueberry Cake

This blueberry cake is my official summertime dessert. I hope it becomes yours, too. It’s tender, fully loaded with blueberries, and simple to make—no mixer required. It’s…

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blueberry cake recipe

This blueberry cake is my official summertime dessert. I hope it becomes yours, too. It’s tender, fully loaded with blueberries, and simple to make—no mixer required. It’s a dream!

This blueberry cake recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup, which makes it extra delicious. Thanks to the blueberries and maple syrup, it’s nicely sweet but not over the top. Some cakes are so sweet that they give me a stomachache, but this one is just right.

blueberry cake ingredients

This cake will absolutely be a hit at your Fourth of July festivities. Serve it as a “snacking cake” or make it celebration-worthy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. I’ve even enjoyed a slice with yogurt for breakfast.

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Whipping Cream Cake

This Whipping Cream Cake is an example of vintage recipes at their finest! This luscious cake is both simple and unique and is sure to become a family favorite. There are a lot of recipes on this site that my husband really loves. Easy Fettuccine Alfredo is a family favorite and he can’t get enough …

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This Whipping Cream Cake is an example of vintage recipes at their finest! This luscious cake is both simple and unique and is sure to become a family favorite.

Plated slices of whipping cream cake, garnished with whipped cream and fresh berries

There are a lot of recipes on this site that my husband really loves.

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo is a family favorite and he can’t get enough of Dominique Ansel’s Banana Bread.

But I’m not sure I’ve ever made a recipe he loves as much as this Whipping Cream Cake. As soon as I turned the cake out of the pan, he was all over it. 

Within a matter of hours he had devoured the bottom part of the cake. You know the part that is on top when baking in a bundt pan but becomes the bottom when you turn it out? On this cake, that part becomes so crunchy and delicious, so he nibbled away all of it and begged me to make the cake again.

I mean, how could I say no to that?

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mousse Cakes

There are few things as perfect as a simple chocolate dipped strawberry, and these impressive little entremet cakes transform that classic pairing into a chocolate covered dome of delight, with a luscious strawberry mousse and rich chocolate brownie core. Featuring a cloud-like strawberry mousse and a square of fudgy chocolate brownie, all covered with a […]

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There are few things as perfect as a simple chocolate dipped strawberry, and these impressive little entremet cakes transform that classic pairing into a chocolate covered dome of delight, with a luscious strawberry mousse and rich chocolate brownie core.

Featuring a cloud-like strawberry mousse and a square of fudgy chocolate brownie, all covered with a glossy chocolate ganache glaze, these little mousse cakes are as stunning as they are delicious. While entremet-style desserts do require a bit of effort and planning, the work is easily manageable when split over a few days.

Three domes covered in ganache, on a white plate, pink background

My blueberry mousse cake recipe is surprisingly popular given its complexity; and I’m giddy with delight every time I’m tagged in a photo by someone who’s made them.

This recipe is a similar entremet-style dessert, but with different components: a rich chocolate brownie instead of the almond sponge, a light strawberry Bavarian mousse (distinctive in its use of egg yolks in the base), and then a chocolate ganache coating instead of the mirror glaze.

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Strawberry Funfetti Ice Cream Cake

The summer fun has just begun! This colorful strawberry funfetti ice cream cake will have you smiling from ear to ear (or mouth to stomach, rather). If happiness could be frozen, sliced and eaten with a fork, it’d probably look something like this: a thick layer of freshly churned strawberry buttermilk ice cream sandwiched between […]

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The summer fun has just begun! This colorful strawberry funfetti ice cream cake will have you smiling from ear to ear (or mouth to stomach, rather).

If happiness could be frozen, sliced and eaten with a fork, it’d probably look something like this: a thick layer of freshly churned strawberry buttermilk ice cream sandwiched between moist yellow cake freckled with colorful confetti sprinkles. 

Strawberry Funfetti Ice Cream Cake on gray with pink linen and fresh berries

Strawberry season is just about over here in Tennessee, but we managed to make it out to the fields to pick some before the fragile berries are smothered by the summer heat.

The berries were much smaller this year, so it took us a bit longer to pick a full bucket of them, but boy are they delicious. Tiny and sweet and oh so fragrant, I had to consciously restrain myself from eating every other berry that I picked (I’ve given myself plenty of stomachaches from eating too many strawberries, but I never seem to remember this when I’ve got a bucket of ruby red beauties on my arm.)

Honestly I can think of no better way to spend a long weekend then making all the strawberry things, from ice cream and pie to shortcakes and (of course) jam.

Partially eaten slice of Strawberry Funfetti Ice Cream Cake

This recipe combines two of my favorite things: funfetti cake and fresh strawberry ice cream. It’s bright, fun, and fruity and guaranteed to make you smile.

Serve it topped with freshly whipped cream, ripe local strawberries, and even more rainbow sprinkles for good measure (really, can you ever have too many sprinkles?)

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A 1930s Whipping Cream Cake Is the Internet’s Latest Favorite Recipe

Every few weeks, people on the internet obsess over a recipe, and it spreads like wildfire. The source is often social media, frequently Instagram and TikTok, but more and more, Reddit seems to be the source. For most, Reddit is a never-ending list of …

Every few weeks, people on the internet obsess over a recipe, and it spreads like wildfire. The source is often social media, frequently Instagram and TikTok, but more and more, Reddit seems to be the source. For most, Reddit is a never-ending list of community-driven forums on everything from news and hobbies to fandom and Bitcoin advice. But it’s also an increasingly popular platform for recipe discovery, especially in the subreddit channel /Old_Recipes. This page, with more than 250,000 followers, has come to be a full-blown digital archive of everything from generations-old heirloom recipes to magazine clippings from decades past. It’s quickly grown to be one of the more exciting cooking resources on the internet, with an engaged community breathing new life into each recipe. Some recipes remain one-hit wonders, while others gain traction and only pick up speed from there. Recipes spanning from Murder Cookies to Armenian Perok Cake to Nana’s Devil’s Food Cake have all gone viral, well beyond Reddit. Not only do these get their 15 minutes of fame on the wider internet, they’re frequently shared on the /Old_Recipes forum months after they were originally shared. The latest recipe to go viral, a dense buttery Bundt called Whipping Cream Cake, is no exception. What is it about such a recipe that peaks the internet’s interest, rocketing many to fame, while others stay stuck in the past?

The Sweet Stuff

The Whipping Cream Cake first appeared on the forum in a post by user Jamie_of_house_m, who wrote that it is her go-to birthday cake. It hails from her husband’s grandmother’s cookbook, a relic from an Iowan town’s centennial anniversary in 1979. (Similar recipes date back even earlier: the YouTube channel Glen And Friends Cooking shared a video making a whipped cream cake from a North Dakota county’s community cookbook from 1936.) This cake is the epitome of the Reddit forum’s mission: uncovering the most obscure recipes that have stood the test of time, wedging their ways into our traditions, one tattered, scribbled-on notecard as a time.

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Triple Berry Vanilla Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

I live for a festive red, white and blue dessert! This triple berry sheet cake is the perfect red, white and blue cake to kick off the summer! Top with fluffy, dreamy cream cheese frosting and an assortment of berries for the most delicious treat. This triple berry sheet cake is making me so happy! […]

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I live for a festive red, white and blue dessert! This triple berry sheet cake is the perfect red, white and blue cake to kick off the summer! Top with fluffy, dreamy cream cheese frosting and an assortment of berries for the most delicious treat.

This triple berry sheet cake is making me so happy! Summer is almost here.

triple berry sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

I’ve mentioned before how I never got into festive foods or even decorations, until I had kids! Now that I have little ones, I want to decorate alllll the things with holiday or seasonal colors and flair. 

Especially food! Give me all the red, white and blues. 

strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

There’s nothing more summery to kick off this first unofficial weekend – a red, white and blue sheet cake!

My sheet cake love knows no bounds. Yes, I don’t love to bake (or follow the rules) but I love a good sheet cake.

My pumpkin dream cake is literally a dream. My banana sheet cake with coffee frosting is insane… now I want to make that this weekend. My chocolate zucchini sheet cake is perfect for snacking. 

vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting

I just love how good and easy a sheet cake is. Especially when it’s blanketed with a fluffy layer of cream cheese frosting!

I mean… look at that.

triple berry sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

A few weeks ago, I grabbed a cake for someone’s birthday and it totally inspired this cake. That cake was more almond-based but it was covered in the most delicious fresh fruit. The soft and tender cake combined with the juicy fruit was just SO amazing.

I’m sure it’s because we are on the brink of summer and fruit tastes so good right now, but that cake was on another level.

triple berry sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

So I knew I had to create something like it! This is just a simple vanilla-ish sheet cake with a slight hint of almond. I still haven’t lost my obsession with cream cheese frosting, so that’s what goes on top. It makes ALL cakes taste better. It’s creamy and tangy and thick and delicious.

Then, add all the berries! Our local strawberries are just starting to come in right now – so juicy and sweet that they taste like actual candy. 

The fresh berries combined with the sweet frosting and fluffy cake…

oh my gosh. 

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Hummingbird Cupcakes

Hummingbird cupcakes are a classic Southern dessert. Filled with fruit and nuts, these party-ready cupcakes will make everyone hum with excitement! INTRO I first shared this Hummingbird Cupcake recipe from my friend Megan of the blog Stetted several years ago. Given their springy flavors, I thought you all might need a refresher on how delicious …

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Hummingbird cupcakes are a classic Southern dessert. Filled with fruit and nuts, these party-ready cupcakes will make everyone hum with excitement!

Frosted hummingbird cupcake next to a fork on a white plate

INTRO

I first shared this Hummingbird Cupcake recipe from my friend Megan of the blog Stetted several years ago. Given their springy flavors, I thought you all might need a refresher on how delicious these cupcakes are! 

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