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.

11 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
21 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Wow family and friends with a stunning strawberry tart. A lovely centrepiece dessert for summer dining, it's made with homemade pastry and crème pâtissière

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 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
131 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
44 ratings 4.3 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
7 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Make this classic pie whilst cherries are in season. It's the perfect summer dessert served just warm with plenty of cream or ice cream

1 hr and 40 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
8 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Serve our showstopper dessert at a summer get-together. Roasted peaches are piled into buttery pastry, with a lovely crunch from demerara sugar 

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 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
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Bake a creamy cheesecake topped with soft, sweet peaches and crispy streusel – a luscious dessert to round off a summer meal

2 hrs and 15 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
19 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
12 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
38 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
6 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Try our twist on traditional scones with white chocolate and raspberry. Drizzle with white chocolate and enjoy with a cuppa for a mid-morning treat

40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
161 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
32 ratings 4.1 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
8 ratings 4.5 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
72 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Decorate this simple elderflower and lemon cake with edible flowers for a showstopping celebration dessert. It's perfect for a wedding or birthday

1 hr and 25 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
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
4 ratings 4.5 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
2 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

Celebrate British summertime with the flavours of elderflower and strawberries in this cobbler with a fluffy, dumpling-like scone topping

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Indulge in these raspberry and white choc chip muffins for a sweet treat. Made with fresh or frozen raspberries, they're perfect served with a cuppa

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
24 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
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