Three-tired sponge cake with berries, icing and flowers

Summer cake recipes

53 Recipes

Get baking this summer with our gorgeous cakes celebrating seasonal produce. Our recipes include flavours like elderflower, citrus and berries.

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

4.25

(4 ratings)

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 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lemon & elderflower celebration cake

4.55102

(49 ratings)

Decorate this simple elderflower and lemon cake with edible flowers for a showstopping celebration dessert. It's perfect for a wedding or birthday...
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Cherry crumble cake

5

(10 ratings)

Make the most of juicy cherries in this cake, enriched with almonds and soured cream, and finished with a crumble topping. It's delicious with custard...
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Sangria cake

5

(5 ratings)

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 hours and 5 mins
  • Easy

Rhubarb & elderflower cake

4.9375

(16 ratings)

Make the most of vibrant pink rhubarb with a cake which combines its delicious tart flavours and sweet elderflower cordial - a stunning centrepiece!
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lemon curd & orange cake

4.142855

(7 ratings)

Enjoy a slice of lemon curd and orange cake for elevenses or afternoon tea. Top with flaked almonds and lemon zest and serve with a cuppa
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Victoria sponge loaf cake

4.125

(8 ratings)

Turn a loaf cake into a celebratory dessert with a bit of fresh cream and some strawberries. All the flavours of a traditional Victoria sponge are combined in this easy showstopper
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry cake

3.375

(8 ratings)

Make the most of strawberry season with our strawberry cake, with light sponge, jam and soft cheese icing. It makes a fabulous centrepiece dessert
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Tropical upside-down cake

5

(1 rating)

Update the retro upside-down cake with the sunny flavours of coconut, lime and a splash of coconut rum – it gives the cake a glorious boozy edge...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Blood orange pound cake

4.25

(4 ratings)

Try this modern take on an American pound cake, with soured cream and sharp blood orange icing to balance the sweetness. Decorate with pistachios
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lemon sponge cake

4.3

(20 ratings)

Top this citrussy sponge with lemon icing and candied peel. Greek yogurt creates a cake that's extra moist and tangy, for an irresistible teatime treat...
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Courgette, lemon & thyme cake

4.8

(10 ratings)

Inspired by the allotment, this fragrant, modern bake makes the most of a late-summer courgette crop
  • 2 hours and 35 mins
  • A challenge

Olive oil & muscat cake

3

(2 ratings)

Make this cake for the grown-ups. With muscat dessert wine in the batter, it’s wonderful served with sliced peaches, whipped cream and a glass of chilled muscat...
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Mojito cake

4.642855

(14 ratings)

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 hour and 5 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Tropical tiramisu

4

(4 ratings)

Put a Caribbean twist on a tiramisu by swapping the usual coffee for sponge soaked with mango and lime juices. The addition of rum makes it extra decadent
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Spiced hummingbird cake

4.625

(8 ratings)

This showstopping celebration cake tastes of summer, with pineapple and banana flavours, tangy cream cheese frosting and delicate edible flowers
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry & elderflower gateau

4.923075

(13 ratings)

Make this stunning strawberry and elderflower gateau in just 30 minutes. As well as looking amazing, it tastes as good as anything from a top-end patisserie
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Gin & tonic cake

4.24

(25 ratings)

Fan of gin & tonic? What could be better than your favourite tipple in cake form? A fabulous showstopper for afternoon tea or a summer celebration
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Raspberry & pistachio tea cake

3.75

(4 ratings)

Add raspberry icing to this pistachio tea cake and you'll not only get a lovely pop of colour but fabulous flavour too. It's perfect for afternoon tea...
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Pimm's cake

4.2

(15 ratings)

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 hour and 30 mins
  • More effort

Strawberry & pistachio olive oil cake

5

(2 ratings)

Try this versatile strawberry and pistachio cake made with olive oil and polenta or cornmeal. Perfect for afternoon tea or dessert, it’s also gluten-free...
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Club Tropicana ice cream cake

5

(2 ratings)

Serve up the wow factor at the end of a summer menu with this ice cream cake. It features layers of mango and raspberry sorbet, sponge, cream and chocolate
  • 1 hour and 2 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chocolate & lime cake

4.7

(10 ratings)

Give chocolate cake a zesty lift with lime buttercream filling, chocolate and lime icing and candied zest to decorate – an irresistible flavour pairing...
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Orange & passion fruit traybake

4.333335

(6 ratings)

Try this fresh and fruity orange and passion fruit cake with creamy mascarpone topping - a lovely dessert for a weekend family meal
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lemon meringue fridge cake

4.625

(8 ratings)

This tangy dessert looks impressive but takes very little effort – most of the ingredients are ready-made, so it is simply a matter of construction...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

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