Summer celebration cake

Summer celebration cake

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 16
This fruity cake is impressive but easy to make - perfect for birthdays or for dessert

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal349
  • fat22g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.24g
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  • Easy vanilla cake mix (see recipe below - you won't need the syrup)
  • 2 x 170g punnets raspberries



    A member of the rose family, raspberries have a wonderfully intense, sweet taste, and many…

  • 225g punnet blueberries



    Blueberries are one of the few edibles native to North America and credited with being…

  • 225g tub crème fraîche
  • icing sugar (optional)


  1. Butter and line the base and sides of a round, loosebottomed 23cm cake tin with non-stick baking paper. Make the Easy vanilla cake batter (see 'Goes well with'), spread half of it into the tin, then mix half the berries into what is left. Spoon this over the first layer and smooth the top. Bake for 1 hr 30 mins; check with a skewer - it should come out clean.

  2. Cool for 30 mins, then remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack. Once completely cold, put onto a plate, smooth the crème fraîche over and pile the remaining berries on the top. Dust with icing sugar, if using. The cake is best eaten fresh, but will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days; return to room temperature before topping with the cream and fruit and serving.

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Comments (14)

freyajane9's picture

Best cake ever

momomomo's picture

I made this cake last minute for a birthday yesterday and I can´t bake whatsoever :) It came out brilliant! Everybody loved it! I actually made one with blueberries and one with strawberries in the mix. The mix does need a bit longer than it says on the packaging (when you add fruit to it) so leave it in for an extra 10-15 min on 160C. I also added Vanilla sugar to the Créme Fraiche which made it even more delicious! Absolutely recommended!

sophieww's picture

I made this cake last night for a summer birthday cake/pudding and it looked amazing. Used exactly the ingredients but added both a vanilla pod and half a teaspoon of vanilla paste and it tasted superb. It also took 20 mins longer to cook at 140 but that might have been my fan assisted oven not being as efficient as it should be! So will preheat at 160 next time. I added red currants for decoration around the bottom of the cake with toasted almonds with icing sugar over the fruit on the top.... This is a really impressive looking cake which is light and moist and will definitely receive lots of compliments! Will be making this again for sure.

sjcauser1's picture

This is my second time round for this cake. I made it in January (I know NOT summer) and the fruit was tart, tasteless and expensive in Winter. Making this today for a party tomorrow and seems very apt given it is Jubilee weekend. I use a mix of strawberries, raspberries and blue berries. I don't like using creme fraiche as a sweet topping so I always use double cream. I frequently make more desserts than we can eat so I give portions away for people to take home with them or surprise a neighbour with home made cake which is a nice thing to do. xxx

mian8910's picture

Made this cake for my boyfriend's dad's birthday and it went down really well. I was looking for a cake that is lighter on the waistline as everyone has been dieting, and I was very glad to find this recipe! It was extremely light, airy and moist, the taste of the fruits came out really nicely and the whole cake was just brilliant! I have made many cakes from this website before but this is my ultimate favourite!!!

zoerose's picture

Looked great and tasted delicious, everyone loved it

mian8910's picture

Made this on the weekend for a birthday, it was a huge success! Extremely moist cake, the topping brings out all the flavors beautifully! Cooking time and quantities are spot on! The lightest and moistest cake I have eaten/made in a long time!Definitely recommend it!!

lisacw's picture

How long will this keep for if kept wrapped carefully?

laurabunny's picture

A friend made this on Monday and it was absolutely to die for!! I'm going to be making it myself in a couple of weeks when I have the girls over, will update you on how I get on!

cameronclan's picture

I made this as a birthday cake for a friend, it was very well received. I made it exactly as it says and it was perfect.

scarletelephants's picture

This is a wonderful cake, I have made it many times and its make a wonderful dessert. First time I made it I put strawberries in it as well by mistake, have never looked back now I always do it.

arthur124's picture

Just made this for a birthday and it was really nice..everyone, I mean everyone, commented on how delicious it was. I would however add a little more vanilla next time and also, more creme fraiche. I had some double cream to spare and that just made it heavenly!!

ghensler's picture

I have made this cake twice now and believe me its the best ever! It is so moist and SOOO moreish....

helenkeenan's picture

Delicious. Halved the amount and made without the creme fraiche and fruit topping as wasn't going to eat it quick enough.

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freyajane9's picture

Best cake ever. Made it for several different groups of people and most asked for the recipe.

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