Hummingbird layer cake with edible flower topping

Summer baking recipes

Celebrate summer with our selection of fruity cakes, tarts, cheesecakes and other puddings. These brilliant bakes are perfect for an al fresco afternoon tea.

9 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This showstopping celebration cake tastes of summer, with pineapple and banana flavours, tangy cream cheese frosting and delicate edible flowers

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
34 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

This buttermilk pound cake has a dense, moist crumb and bags of lemon flavour to cut through the richness. Make it for afternoon tea or for a summer picnic

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
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1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Try a new twist on a classic Victoria sponge with an apricot and lemon thyme compote layer. Sandwiched with vanilla whipped cream, it's decadently delicious

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
126 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Sarah Cook’s scrummy cake is really easy and versatile – use whatever fruit you like, and you’ll make it again and again

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

These pretty miniature baked cheesecakes are so easy to make and serve. Adjust the toppings throughout the year, using whatever fruits are in season

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Use up that jar of sesame paste in the back of your cupboard to bake these decadent honey and tahini biscuits. They’re sweet, salty and totally addictive

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Take the classic Victoria sponge cake to a whole new level by using crème diplomat in place of standard whipped cream, and sweet macerated berries

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
11 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This generous cake is big enough to feed a crowd and is a combination of all our favourite summer ingredients: strawberries, Victoria sponge, meringues, fresh cream, white chocolate and buttery…

1 hr and 10 mins
A challenge
Vegetarian
35 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A zingy lemon tart from Mr Ramsay. Gordon's version of the classic French Tarte au citron is well worth the effort

1 hr and 45 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
10 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
150 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A taste of summer, this quiche is full of Italian flavours and is perfect for dinner in the garden

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
21 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Turn your favourite cocktail into a dessert with this mojito cake made with a lime, mint and white rum syrup and lime buttercream. It's a perfect party cake

1 hr and 5 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Sangria is transformed into a deliciously decadent cake in this recipe, boasting all the summer fruit and red wine flavours of the classic Spanish cocktail

2 hrs and 5 mins
Easy
15 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Inspired by the allotment, this fragrant, modern bake makes the most of a late-summer courgette crop

2 hrs and 35 mins
A challenge
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Make this showstopper to wow at any celebration. The mix of meringue icing with strawberry and white chocolate ganache makes it a perfect summer dessert

2 hrs and 30 mins
More effort
23 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This zingy tart has a wonderful flavour and is a great way to cook with passion friut

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
15 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Use summer's bounty of gorgeous berries to make this family favourite, just add cream!

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Think of this summer fruit tart with whipped mascarpone as an oversized millefeuille. It’s very easy to make, but impressive enough for a special gathering

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
632 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This simple almondy cake is a great way of using up pick-your-own raspberries

1 hr
Easy
19 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

You'll have most of the ingredients for this sumptuous pudding in your cupboard and fridge already. A great recipe for kids to help with

1 hr
More effort
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Frances creates her own version of the latest bridal trend - the 'naked' cake. She skips the traditional fondant icing for mascarpone seasonal berries.

5 hrs and 10 mins
A challenge
9 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Make the most of summer's sweet, golden apricots with these moreish apricot and pistachio frangipane blondies. They make a perfect treat for afternoon tea

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
24 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

This easy summer bake made by adding dots of cheesecake mix to almond sponge along with chunks of fruit is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
6 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Dainty sponge bites packed with fruit and topped with crunchy almonds and a light meringue whirl

1 hr and 30 mins
More effort
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