Three-tired sponge cake with berries, icing and flowers

Summer cake recipes

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

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
52 ratings 4.5 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
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12 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Impress guests with this stunning muscat and mascarpone cake, made with a luxurious gooseberry jam centre. This grown-up dessert is perfect for afternoon tea 

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Pair creamy milk chocolate with coconut for a match made in heaven, then decorate with more coconut and a drizzle of white chocolate

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

Make the most of vibrant pink rhubarb with a cake which combines its delicious tart flavours and sweet elderflower cordial - a stunning centrepiece!

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
9 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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
11 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
24 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 20 mins
Easy
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
3 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 20 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
21 ratings 4.2 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
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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
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
15 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
27 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 45 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
7 ratings 3.3 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
16 ratings 4.3 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

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 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 2 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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