Summertime Cakes are as important in the summer as they are during the rest of the year. Cakes are made for celebrations even if you're only celebrating have a cake!
Here are a few of my favs that will brighten any occasion, summertime or anytime.
Vanilla Mousse Torte
This Vanilla Mousse Torte is one of the perfect do ahead summertime cakes. There is no baking. In fact, it has to be made ahead to set up.
While this one is teamed with strawberries, other fruits work well such as blueberries and even raspberries as long as they are firm.
A vanilla wafer crust is topped with a vanilla mousse made with pastry cream folded into whipped cream and poured over the fruit of your choice.
Tuck it into the refrigerator a day or two ahead making your summer dessert one of the easiest ever to make.
A Quick and Easy Summer Tea Cake
This single layer, almond paste infused summer tea cake can be made in the food processor or a mixer. Concealed under the whipped cream topping is a layer of raspberry jam intensifying the flavor the of fresh raspberries. This is a great cake for a beginner as it is very straight forward, attractive and delicious.
The cake by itself is one of the perfect summertime cakes with a cup of coffee, tea or eaten out of hand.
Lemon Meringue Cake
A friend of mine told me about a lemon meringue cake she had in New York. I thought it was a great idea. It took a couple of tries but I love this cake.
The cake layers, which can be made and frozen, are unusual in that they are made with lemonade concentrate increasing the lemon flavor.
Lemon curd filling can be made a week ahead and stored in the refrigerator as well.
For my first test, I made the cake and filled the layers with lemon curd, finishing it all with meringue. But I was disappointed in the flavor. It was good, for sure, but I missed the sweetness of a Lemon Meringue Pie. So, for the second test, I added a layer of meringue on top of the lemon curd. It was just what the cake needed.
More meringue frosted the cake. This cake is light but intense in its flavor which is why it ranks as one of my favorites.
Fruit Basket Cake
The banana cake layers for this cake were a challenge. Most banana cake layers are on the heavier side like banana bread. I wanted lighter layers for this version of summertime cakes and these fit the bill perfectly. Both oil, which keeps layers moist and butter, which adds flavor, are used.
The layers are filled with a lightened pastry cream into which crushed pineapple is folded and then topped with fresh strawberries.
Whipped cream is the finish of choice here to keep the cake light and luscious.
Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake
I love a recipe that makes the crumbs and the base of the cake in one fell swoop. This easy Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake has everything going for it. It's easy, loaded with blueberries, can be frozen and boasts a tender cake topped with a sweet-tart lemon glaze.
Anyone of these Summertime Cakes will brighten your summer days,
Wow Helen they all look do good. I cant wait to try one of them soon. Each one has something that is calling me. Thanks.
Eileen Murphy says
Hi Helen, I don't usually make a birthday cake for myself. I will this year as I cannot resist trying the Lemon Meringue Cake. It looks really delicious. It's just a few weeks away, I will be sure to let you know if I succeed.
Helen S Fletcher says
Hi Eileen - this is one of my very favs.....and I think it will be one of yours. I recently did a Meringue Zoom class and the most prominent problem was not beating the meringue long enough. Mike's birthday is tomorrow and he loves the Lemon Meringue Pie so that is his birthday treat. Happy Birthday to you!
Eileen Murphy says
My mom was known for her lemon meringue pie, as a kid it was not my favorite. As a grown up I really appreciate anything lemon. Happy Birthday to Mike!