14 Must-Try Cake Recipes to Help Celebrate Your Summer

Peaches & Cream Prosecco Cake
Photo: Andy Lyons

When it comes to summer, it's necessary to infuse every part of the meal with fresh, seasonal produce—especially dessert. In this collection of summer cake recipes, we're using fresh berries, stone fruit, citrus, and even squash and corn to make the most delicious final course for a meal. Keep these summer cakes in mind for a perfect way to use the season's fresh flavors at your gatherings.

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Lavender-Thyme Fluted Cake

Lavender Thyme Fluted Cake with Vanilla Creme Glaze
Jennifer Davick

Using fresh thyme and lavender, this bright, herbal cake will be sure to excite your senses. Baking this cake in a decorative bundt pan and topping it with a sweet crème fraiche glaze will surely make it centerpiece worthy at your table this summer.

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Blueberry Lemonade Poke Cake

Blueberry Lemonade Poke Cake
Jacob Fox

The flavors of lemonade and blueberries come together harmoniously in this delicious summer cake. With lemonade concentrate and a fresh blueberry sauce, the summer won't be the same after eating this deliciously tart poke cake.

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Upside Down Almond Plum Cake

Upside-Down Almond-Plum Cake
Jason Donnelly

You'll have difficulty only having one slice of this attractive and delicious summer cake. Depending on the fruit availability in your area, an alternate option is to make this cake with other stone fruits like apricots or peaches.

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Six-Layer Strawberry Cake

Six Layer Strawberry Cake
Kritsada Panichgul

This unforgettable strawberry cake will be a definite showstopper. Stacked tall with six layers of delicious strawberry cake and alternating layers of cream cheese icing, this cake goes above and beyond with a coating of shredded coconut.

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Mango-Carrot Cake

Mango-Carrot Cake
Andy Lyons

What better way to use the carrots from your garden or local farmers market than to make a fabulous carrot cake? Level up with this tropical twist of incorporating mango juice for a fantastic summer cake.

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Peaches and Cream Prosecco Cake

Peaches & Cream Prosecco Cake
Andy Lyons

If you think combining prosecco and peaches is a dream come true, this is the cake for you. Prosecco shines through in the dense sponge cake and the peach filling, with the entire cake accented by a topping of freshly whipped cream icing.

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Zucchini-Olive Oil Cake

Zucchini-Olive Oil Cake
Con Poulos

Zucchini is always abundant in the summer, and this layered cake is perfect for use in one of the sweetest ways possible. The accented flavor of olive oil adds an exceptional taste to this moist summer cake.

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Upside-Down Apricot-Caramel Crunch Cake

Upside-Down Apricot-Caramel Crunch Cake
Blaine Moats

Everyone will love this simple summer version of a classic upside-down cake. Perfect for those last-minute gatherings, this recipe features a quick assembly using a spiced cake mix and canned apricots, making prep in the kitchen a breeze.

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Lime-Infused Coconut Pound Cake

Lime-Infused Coconut Pound Cake
Scott Little

Tart lime and sweet coconut flavors shine bright in this refreshing summer cake. One bite and you will feel like you are on the beach with this tropical-inspired pound cake.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate-Blueberry Cake

Whole Wheat Chocolate-Blueberry Cake
Andy Lyons

This cake combines the rich flavor of chocolate while adding the extra nutritional benefits of incorporating blueberries and whole wheat flour. While this might be one of the healthiest cake options on the list, it is a chocolate lover's dream for the summertime.

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Lemon-Blueberry Corn Cake

Lemon Blueberry Corn Cake
Andy Lyons

This quick bread-style summer cake highlights some of the greatest flavors of the season. Cornmeal in the recipe gives a distinctly wonderful coarse texture, while the blueberry and lemon evoke all the most fantastic memories of summer. Ideal for your next summer brunch gathering!

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Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes

Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes recipe drizzle wire rack
Blaine Moats

If you want to make desserts for a larger gathering, consider these individual cakes that combine a rich chocolate cake with tart raspberries. These summer cakes are easily assembled and baked in muffin pans, then topped with a chocolate truffle icing before serving. A definite hit for any chocolate fan!

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Blueberry Bundt Cake

blueberry bundt cake
Carson Downing

A unique combination of blueberries, cardamom, and rye flour makes this bundt cake a memorable experience to which you'll be returning throughout the summer. Topped with a berry-citrus glaze, this cake will be an excellent way to end your summer meal.

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Cast-Iron Plum Polenta Cake

Cast-Iron Plum-Polenta Cake
Kritsada Panichgul

This cast-iron dream dessert is perfect for a summer night of grilling. The flavors combine the sweet taste of plums and the appealing texture of cornmeal, with the option of making one large cake or multiple smaller cakes.

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