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.

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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
660 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
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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
10 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
25 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
7 ratings 4.9 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
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
6 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

A gluten-free light bake that uses polenta in place of flour and orange blossom to flavour a drizzle syrup

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
21 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A light vanilla sponge dotted with seeds and sandwiched with orange frosting and fresh strawberries - heavenly

1 hr
More effort
23 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This super-sized scone is perfect to feed a crowd for afternoon tea

50 mins
More effort
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This tasty tart is a great introduction to pastry and gives budding young chefs a chance to flex their creative muscles as they decorate with vanilla mascarpone and a variety of berries

1 hr
More effort
Vegetarian
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Think of a cross between cornbread and Victoria sponge and you have this strawberry, almond and polenta cake. Best topped with clotted cream or vanilla ice cream

55 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Mary Cadogan shows us how to make a classic French crème pâtissière – the perfect filling for these lovely summer fruit tartlets

1 hr and 20 mins
More effort
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Take frangipane to another level with the distinctive taste - and colour - of pistachios that match well with sweet apricots in a truly crowd-pleasing tart

1 hr and 25 mins
More effort
13 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Rich, buttery hazelnut pastry, luscious strawberries and cream filling and a toffee sauce dribbled over - what's not to like?

50 mins
Easy
18 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Yes, you read right, Pimm's in cake form. Smooth strawberry and lemon buttercream coupled with cucumber essence make this the ultimate taste of summer

1 hr and 30 mins
More effort
4 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

The perfect summer dessert - fruity, sweet and delicious

55 mins
Easy
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Make a batch of blackberry muffins for a mid-morning treat. Use fresh or frozen blackberries, or go foraging to find some in the summer months

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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
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