August 07, 2019
Ah summer… the perfect time of year for garden parties, family BBQs and picnics in the sunshine (hopefully!). But as we all know, no summertime gathering is complete without something yummy to nibble on. That’s why we’ve put together this post all about our favourite summer baking recipes that make the most of seasonal ingredients and flavours.
First up, our Raspberry Eton Mess Cake was the July Baking Club recipe in 2018, and it quickly became a huge hit with members. Based on the popular summertime recipe Eton Mess, our cake is made of two light sponges flavoured with vanilla, before being filled with whipped cream, fresh raspberries, a homemade raspberry syrup and meringues too. It’s quickly become our go-to summer baking recipe as the fresh raspberries are at the peak of their ripeness in summer.
As the Raspberry Eton Mess Cake recipe was so popular, we don’t have any baking kits left to sell, but don’t worry! All Baking Club members get access to our back catalogue of recipes that you’re free to make from scratch at home. So if you’re not yet a member of the Baking Club, what are you waiting for? Sign up now!
Meringues are a quintessentially summer dessert, especially when served with fresh summer berries and cool, whipped cream. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making one large meringue, these Swirled Blueberry Meringues by Country Living are a great spin on the classic.
They’re both coloured and flavoured with fresh blueberries, which are in season throughout the summer from June to September. The recipe makes 8 individual portions of blueberry meringue, perfect as a summertime dessert or afternoon treat.
Bananas are a classic fruit to eat throughout summer. Doesn’t the smell of bananas remind you of tropical beaches and sun? It certainly does for us! And while most banana baking recipes tend to be warming winter treats, this Banana Split Cake recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker is perfect for summer.
A traditional banana split recipe combines bananas and ice cream, but this Banana Split Cake takes it into full-on summer territory by adding pineapple and strawberries. Imagine this: a base of crushed crackers, filled with a cream cheese filling and then topped with the fruit, whipped cream, walnuts, chocolate sauce and maraschino cherries. Even though there’s no oven in sight, this is a no-bake recipe that still deserves its place on this list of the best summer bakes.
Cheesecakes are the ultimate in summer indulgence, thanks to their fresh flavours and refreshing temperature when eaten straight from the fridge. This Strawberry Cheesecake recipe from Super Golden Bakes is simple to make and uses all natural flavours, meaning it’s packed full of fresh, ripe strawberries. That’s also what gives the cheesecake its beautiful pink colouring. Plus, there’s no gelatine and no need to bake it either!
If you like the sound of a no-bake recipe, have a read of our No Bake Recipes blog post for more…
For us, the smell of elderflower conjures up images of summertime picnics in our grandparents’ back gardens. So when we found this Elderflower, Lemon & Mascarpone Cake by Cygnet Kitchen, we couldn’t wait to give it a go! The sponges are flavoured with elderflower before being infused with a lemon and elderflower syrup. On top, there’s a rich mascarpone frosting, flavoured with more delicate elderflower. Louise makes her own elderflower cordial from the elderflowers in her back garden for this cake, but we’re sure that shop-bought cordial would be just as good.
The Elderflower, Lemon & Mascarpone Cake is a real showstopper thanks to the naked layer effect and the non-toxic flowers used for decoration. So if you’re looking for a centrepiece for your next garden party, surely this is it!
If the jolly jingle of the ice cream van has you reminiscing over summer memories, you’re going to love these Rainbow Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Sally’s Baking Addiction. The recipe tells you how to make deliciously soft funfetti cookies, fill them with a scoop of your favourite ice cream and then roll the sides in more sprinkles, chocolate chips or nuts.
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of weighing out all your ingredients for the cookies yourself, why not try our Choc Mallow Melt Kit? We give you all the dry ingredients you need to bake chocolate chip cookies from scratch at home, plus some marshmallows and even more chocolate to sandwich the cookies together. But imagine this… what if you added ice cream to the mix?! It’s the ultimate chocolate chip cookie ice cream and marshmallow sandwich! Now if that doesn’t say summer, we don’t know what does.
We think raspberries and coconut is a classic flavour combination, so this Raspberry & Coconut Trifle Cake by BBC Good Food is a dream recipe for us. The moist sponge is made with both coconut cream and desiccated coconut, before being filled and topped with custard, fresh raspberries and lime juice and rum for a tropical twist.
Though the recipe suggests the cake works well as a lighter alternative to Christmas pudding, we think it’s even better as a summer dessert!
Cherries are another fruit that are at the peak of their ripeness in summer, so these Cherry Crumble Muffins were particularly well-timed as the June Baking Club box for 2019! The muffins are light, fluffy and packed with fresh cherries, vanilla, mixed spice and cinnamon. On top, there’s a crunchy crumble and flaked almonds that contrast the soft muffin sponge perfectly.
If you want to try these muffins for yourself, why not pick up the Cherry Crumble Muffins baking kit from the Bake Shop now? The kit comes with all the dry ingredients you’ll need to make them, plus some baking paper to make your own muffin cases and some other handy extras too.
If you’re a fan of cherries, these Cherry Limeade Cupcakes by Cooking Classy are a little piece of summer in a cupcake case! The cupcake sponges are made with fresh lime zest and juice, before being topped with a lime syrup drizzle and a sweet cherry flavoured frosting. It’s a winning combination of flavours that everyone will love.
So there we have it! Our favourite summer baking recipes. What’s your favourite dessert to bake in summer? We’d love to hear in the comments!
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