June 30, 2023
Posted: August 5, 2021 11:47 pm
Serving up Summer’s Best Cake Recipes
From fresh produce to ice cream and festive drinks, summer gives us endless inspiration for creating new, dazzling desserts. Whether you’re preparing a cake in advance or whipping up a last-minute treat, you can make your cake entirely from scratch or choose to use pre-made ingredients for a homemade dessert in under an hour. Showcasing bright colors, juicy fruit and even topped with the occasional scoop of ice cream, these 14 recipes guarantee a sweet ending to every summer party.
You’ve heard of ice cream cakes but an icebox cake might be a new one. Almost like a frozen cheesecake, this chilled dessert features layers of mango whipped cream and pineapple cream cheese. Nestled in a graham cracker and coconut crust, vanilla graham crackers also sit between each layer to add texture. Easy to decorate, Butter and Bliss tops her cake with toasted coconut, dried mango and pineapple for a cake to impress any party.
You don’t need to be a master baker to nail this poke cake recipe! Mirth Made makes things simple by using store-bought cake mix. Once the base is cooked, she pokes holes in the cake to allow a marshmallow and condensed milk filling to soak in, creating a decadent fudgy texture. Frosted with buttercream and topped with crushed graham crackers and chocolate chips, this s’mores themed cake is so rich and beautiful, no one will believe it was so easy to make.
These adorable cupcakes are the perfect individual desserts for summer events ranging from kid’s parties to poolside brunch. The cake couldn’t be easier, using lemon cake mix and buttermilk for a sweet and tangy treat. Bless This Mess Please decorates each cupcake with pink lemonade frosting (made with concentrate), sprinkles, fresh lemon and a straw for a dessert that’s almost too pretty to eat!
Whether you’re feeling patriotic after the Olympics or you just love a good berry dessert, you won’t be disappointed by this rolled red, white and blue cake. The Recipe Rebel bakes a light and fluffy angel food cake on a sheet pan before adding a layer of cream cheese whipped cream and fresh berries. Rolled into a log, when the cake is cut, each slice shows a fun swirl of colors.
Fun with My 3 Sons transforms the iconic summer margarita into a festive party cake. Taking a vanilla cake base, she adds lime and tequila to the batter! For the lime frosting, this cake uses a shortening-based recipe that stands up better than butter-based icing under the hot sun.
Ice cream cake is a summer staple, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put your own spin on the classic treat! Coley Cooks combines all the flavors of a brownie sundae into this jaw-dropping cake. With a crumbled graham cracker crust, she layers vanilla ice cream with chocolate ganache and a salted homemade caramel for a crispy, gooey frozen treat you won’t be able to resist!
This isn’t a typical cake! Loaded with fresh peaches, it’s super moist and juicy with more fruit than batter. Seasons and Suppers uses fresh fruit in a sweet vanilla batter. For a sweet, caramelized crunch, she sprinkles a layer of sugar over the top before baking. For the ultimate summer dessert, top with vanilla ice cream while it’s still warm.
Another cocktail-inspired cake but this time, a little more whimsical with a tropical orange and pink color palette. Tornadough Alli adds coconut rum and coconut extract to the cake batter as the base for this tropical cake. Iced with cherry, vanilla and pineapple buttercream, the finished cake has a pretty ombre design and gives you a variety of summer flavors as you eat your way through each slice.
Lemon and blueberry may be one of the most underrated flavor combinations of the summer. The sweet and tangy fruits provide this simple cake with bursts of fresh flavor as you bite into each baked berry and creamy lemon curd filling. For decoration, The College Housewife uses more fruit and sage leaves to create a floral theme.
With creamy vanilla and orange, this cake takes us back to memories of childhood ice cream trucks and beach vacations. Cake by Courtney adds buttermilk, sour cream and orange jello to her batter for a tender, slightly tangy citrus cake. In between each cake layer, she spreads orange-flavored whipped cream and tops the whole thing off with orange and white buttercream.
When it’s blazing hot outside, the last thing you want to do it fire up the oven. This no-bake cheesecake from Entertaining with Beth is easy to make and helps you cool down in the summer heat. This easy recipe can be made with a homemade or store-bought crust and features a six-ingredient filling. Topped with fresh berries and served chilled, it’s the perfect refreshing dessert for outdoor parties.
While this recipe from My Heavenly Recipes takes its name from the famous ice cream sundae, there’s actually no ice cream in this cake. In its place, layers of whipped cream and sweet cream cheese sit between strawberries, bananas and pineapple on a graham cracker crust. Just like the sundae, chocolate syrup and nuts top the cake along with the required cherries on top.
No matter what the weather looks like outside, this pineapple cake from Big Bear’s Wife brings sunny weather to your kitchen. This easy cake is made with store-bought cake mix, vanilla pudding mix and cool whip for a summer dessert that’s ready in just an hour. Canned pineapple and sugar make a quick tropical filling topped with pudding and cool whip. Topped with shredded coconut and pecans, it’s an elegant (and delicious) addition to your dessert table.
Fresh fruit is the star of this summer cake from Julia’s Album. She uses Greek yogurt to replace some of her butter for a lightened-up recipe with a rich, smooth texture. Although it’s best served the same day it’s made, this cake can be stored in the fridge for another day without getting soggy or stale.
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