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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How to Make Long-Lasting Whipped Cream

Don’t weep, whipped cream, it’s all going to be alright. Sure, you have a tendency to lose your spine as you sit out for a while (you fall, you run, and, no offense, you become a little unappetizing), but we’re about to fix that.

Chin up! There are lo…

Don't weep, whipped cream, it's all going to be alright. Sure, you have a tendency to lose your spine as you sit out for a while (you fall, you run, and, no offense, you become a little unappetizing), but we're about to fix that.

Chin up! There are lots of ways to make longer-lasting, more stable whipped cream that won't have a breakdown as it graces chocolate cake, strawberry ice, rhubarb buckle, or a pile of vegetables (yes, you read that right). That means more opportunity to prep in advance and less of an urge to rush through dinner to get to that cream-topped lemon custard pie (though, let's be real, I do that no matter what).

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Grandma’s peach cobbler

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Popcorn Balls with Marshmallows

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Peanut Butter and Strawberry Crumble.

This peanut butter jelly crumble has all of the flavors of your nostalgic PB&J. A strawberry filling mimics the jelly and the topping is loaded with creamy peanut butter flavor. Juicy berries and crisp peanut butter topping? Sign me up.  Today I have an essential fruity dessert for you that everyone goes wild over! This […]

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This peanut butter jelly crumble has all of the flavors of your nostalgic PB&J. A strawberry filling mimics the jelly and the topping is loaded with creamy peanut butter flavor. Juicy berries and crisp peanut butter topping? Sign me up. 

Today I have an essential fruity dessert for you that everyone goes wild over!

peanut butter and strawberry crumble

This peanut butter strawberry crisp is essentially the perfect peanut butter jelly dessert that tastes delicious and may send you into a spin of nostalgia at the same time! 

I’m here for it.

strawberries in sugar

Important questions first: what flavor of jelly is your favorite when it comes to good old fashioned PB & J? 

I’m strictly a strawberry jelly/jam person and always have been. My brothers only loved grape jelly so that’s what my mom bought growing up, meaning I pretty much never ate PB&J. Unless I managed to sneak in a jar of strawberry!

These days I love to do a grown up version of peanut butter & jelly using all sorts of jam flavors (if you’re new here, american spoon is my favorite forever!), but strawberry would still be my number one.

peanut butter crumble

One of my favorite desserts to make is my strawberry cobbler. Or even my strawberry cobbler bars. Summer strawberries are just so sweet and candy-like, and while we enjoy them fresh nonstop, making a dessert out of them to serve with ice cream is one of the best seasonal treasures.

strawberry filling in a dish

While I adore cobblers, crisp is really fantastic because of the TEXTURE!! The crunchy, crispy bits that top the warm syrupy fruit are the best flavor crunch explosion ever. 

peanut butter and strawberry crumble

Now, there isn’t actually jelly in this crisp. The fruit cooks into a syrupy, almost jam-like mixture that mimics our jelly. You could add a few spoonfuls of your favorite jelly if you really wanted to! 

The crisp topping has peanut butter mixed in along with the butter and is so savory and delicious.

Then, you can add a little swirl of peanut butter on top to really take things over the edge!

peanut butter jelly crumble

While this is delicious on its own, the key is serving it warm with vanilla ice cream. 

Oh my gosh.

The peanut buttery crisp and the warm fruit all mixing into with melty vanilla ice cream? It’s seriously heaven in a dish. If you’re a fruit dessert person (you know the kind!) then you will freak over this.  (more…)

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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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Strawberry Ghosts

White chocolate dipped strawberries make perfect Halloween ghosts that look amazingly cute (and appropriately spooky) for a seasonal appetizer. Simply
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Watermelon Sorbet

Try this 3 ingredient watermelon sorbet recipe, a refreshingly icy summer dessert! Each bite is an explosion of pure juicy…

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Try this 3 ingredient watermelon sorbet recipe, a refreshingly icy summer dessert! Each bite is an explosion of pure juicy fruit flavor.

Watermelon sorbet

Are you a sorbet fan? Then you absolutely must try summer’s best dessert: Watermelon Sorbet! I’ll admit, we’re chocoholics over here. But this sorbet is definitely up there when it comes to summer treats! Each bite is an explosion of pure juicy fruit flavor, with a smooth, frosty texture. When we made it for our 4 year old, he said, “I could eat this every day.” Even better: it’s incredibly simple to blend up!

What you need for watermelon sorbet

Skip the store-bought stuff, because watermelon sorbet is so simple to make at home! All you need are 3 ingredients. In fact, it seems impossibly simple. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to assemble:

  • Ripe watermelon
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar

Why is the sugar needed? Well, when you freeze anything, it dulls the flavors. You’ll want to add just enough sugar so that the flavor pops when it’s frosty. We found this recipe sweetened it just enough to complement the fruit, but not so much that it’s intensely sweet.

Watermelon sorbet

Necessary equipment: an ice cream maker!

An ice cream maker is the best tool for the job with sorbet! While you can make no churn sorbets, the absolute best texture is with an actual ice cream maker. (Trust us!) It’s a great investment, as you’ll be able to make sorbets and ice creams all season long.

Here’s the 2 quart ice cream maker we use. It’s a great gift idea, too! Use it as a housewarming present or a fun surprise for ice cream lovers. We’ve had ours for years and it holds up well!

The churning process: eat right away, or freeze 1 hour

Once you blend up your watermelon, lime, and sugar, you’re ready to churn! It takes about 20 to 25 minutes for the watermelon sorbet mixture to freeze. Here are a few notes about the process:

  • Eat right away for a soft-serve style texture. Our favorite way to eat it is right out of the ice cream maker! If you’re making it for guests, churn it up while you’re finishing your meal.
  • Or, freeze for about 1 hour for a scoop-able texture. You can also pop it in the freezer and freeze 1 hour. Then it forms into scoops like you see in the photo.
Watermelon sorbet recipe

Make ahead & storage info for watermelon sorbet

Here’s the golden rule when it comes to watermelon sorbet: homemade sorbet is best the day it is made. Why? Freezing homemade sorbet overnight freezes it into a solid block. So it’s best to eat when it’s freshest! You can eat leftovers the next day if you like: we’ve found a few tricks!

  • Make it up to 2 hours in advance. It will start to freeze to the edges of the container, so give it a good stir before serving.
  • Leftovers save 1 day, but defrost 20 minutes. Blend if desired! Leave out the container on the counter until it defrosts a bit. To revive the texture, you can also give it a few pulses in a blender or food processor. This helps it to come closer to the texture after churning.

More great watermelon recipes

When it’s summer, we’re watermelon obsessed! There are so many great ways to serve this tasty melon outside of a summer dessert. Here are some favorites:

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Watermelon sorbet

Watermelon Sorbet (3 Ingredients)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 1 quart (4 cups)
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Try this 3 ingredient watermelon sorbet recipe, a refreshingly icy summer dessert! Each bite is an explosion of pure juicy fruit flavor.


Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Chop the watermelon. Place in a blender and blend until a smooth juice forms, then add ice and blend again.
  2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze for 20 to 25 minutes. The texture will be icy and creamy at this point. If desired, place in a container and freeze for 1 hour for a harder texture that forms into scoops. You can freeze up to 2 hours day of (stir before serving). Freezing overnight makes a very icy texture. If you have leftovers the next day, allow them to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. To improve the texture, you can pulse in a blender or food processor if desired.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Sorbet

Keywords: Watermelon sorbet

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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.

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