• Thu, Jun 17 2010

50 Best Summer Cake Recipes

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My summer cake equation is: Fruit + Light Cake + Whipped Cream = Perfect. Of course, there’s a place in my heart for chocolate ganache, spiced pumpkin batter, and walnut-studded layers of carrot cake. That place is called fall and winter. But when it’s hot out and gardens are bursting with fresh produce, I think it’s a crime to eat a dessert that doesn’t involve some kind of fruit in peak season.

My favorite summer cake comes from Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking. It’s her “Berry Surprise Cake,” and it’s the inspiration for my summer cake equation. It’s a light vanilla cake filled with a cream cheese layer and berries, then frosted with fresh whipped cream and berries. Best chilled and eaten right away, which most people have no problem with.

There are infinite variations on summery, fruity cakes – shortbreads, angel food cakes, pound cakes, yogurt cakes, and even chocolate cakes, not to mention the plethora of fruits available to work with. The options are overwhelming, so I chose 50 of the best-looking varieties from food bloggers, magazines, and websites. That’s right, 50. Eat your summery heart out (just don’t bake any of these for a new boyfriend too soon):

  1. Raspberry Ripple Tea Cake
  2. Raspberry and Lemon Polenta Cake
  3. Individual Angel Berry Dessert Cakes
  4. Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches With Blueberry Swirl
  5. Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic and Black Pepper Syrup
  6. Nectarine Blackberry Slab Pie
  7. Blackberry Buttermilk Bundt with Orange Glaze
  8. Fresh Peach and Ginger Cream Shortcakes
  9. Angel Food Cake with Lemon Frosting
  10. Raspberry Peach Crumb Cake
  11. White Chocolate and Blueberry Brownies
  12. Strawberry Icebox Cake
  13. Summer Berry Tiramisu Cake
  14. Blueberry Lemon Crumb Cake
  15. Raspberry Upside-Down Cake
  16. Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake with Strawberries
  17. Strawberry Cake
  18. Strawberry Shortcake Cake
  19. Lemon Buttermilk Rhubarb Berry Parfait
  20. Strawberry Pavlova Cupcakes
  21. Coconut, Strawberry, White Chocolate and Rhubarb Mousse Cake
  22. Friands (with raspberries)
  23. Blueberry Cocoa Mini Bundt Cakes
  24. Coconut Shortcakes with Mango, Kiwi, and Raspberries
  25. Easy Layer Cake with Custard and Strawberries
  26. Caramelized Pineapple and Olive Oil Cake
  27. Lemon Pound Cake with Cherry Compote
  28. Bourbon-Nectarine Ice Cream Sundaes with Pound Cake Croutons
  29. Red Velvet Cocoa Strawberry Shortcake
  30. Country Rhubarb Cake
  31. Apricot Almond Layer Cake
  32. Poached Quince and Red Fruit Cake
  33. Dorie Greenspan’s Perfect Party Cake
  34. Tres Leches Cake
  35. Strawberry Charlottes
  36. Mascarpone and Sherried Berry Trifle
  37. Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
  38. Fresh Apricot Cake
  39. Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle
  40. Strawberry Tres Leches Cake
  41. Molten Chocolate Cake with Berries
  42. Grilled Pluots over Lemon-Thyme Shortcakes with Honey-Thyme Caramel Sauce
  43. Lemon Birthday Cake
  44. Piñata Pavlova
  45. Rhubarb Shortcakes with Lemon Ricotta Cream
  46. Cherry Rhubarb Crumble
  47. Malted Milk Ice Cream Cake with Blackberry Topping
  48. Mixed-Berry Chiffon Cake with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting
  49. Sour Cream Pound Cake with Strawberries
  50. Chocolate Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Nutella
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