Planning a birthday party? Barbecue? Sunday lunch? These beautiful summery cakes are light, non-stodgy and use fresh seasonal ingredients and bright, zesty flavours. We’ll put the kettle on…
Blackberry Blackout Ice Cream Cake
[Photo credit: Sprinkles for Breakfast]
Because a pud that’s half cake and half ice cream definitely hits the spot when the weather warms up. This Blackberry Blackout Ice Cream Cake comes from the blog Sprinkles for Breakfast and looks completely gorgeous. Need motivation to go out blackberry-picking? This is it.
[Photo credit: Yummy Mummy Kitchen]
What could be more summery than a sandcastle cake? And if you think this looks too difficult to make, then check out the tutorial on Yummy Mummy Kitchen. A genius idea for a kids’ birthday party.
Strawberry Layer Cake
[Photo credit: The Little Epicurean]
Think of British summertime and pretty soon you’ll think of strawberries and cream. This fluffy layer cake with vanilla, strawberries and whipped cream from The Little Epicurean would be wonderful for any occasion. Get the recipe on the website.
Blackberry and Elderflower Pimms Layer Cake
[Photo credit: Taming Twins]
Blackberries, check. Elderflower, check. Pimms, CHECK. Basically, this is summertime in a cake. And that ombré icing effect makes it a bit of a showstopper, doesn’t it? Check out the recipe for this blackberry, elderflower and pimms layer cake on Taming Twins.
Tiramisu Crunch Ice Cream Cake
[Photo credit: The Busy Spatula]
Another ice cream cake. This one is flavoured with coffee, chocolate and a silky mascarpone cream for an ice cream cake version of a Tiramisu pudding. Giselle, who writes at The Busy Spatula, made this for her sister who doesn’t like cake. “So every year on her birthday, I resort to an ice cream cake,” she writes. “Because let’s face it, who doesn’t like ice cream?” She’s got a point. Get the Tiramisu Crunch Ice Cream Cake recipe over at her blog.
Triple Layer Lemon Meringue Cake
[Photo credit: Butter and Brioche]
Ah, tangy lemon. Fluffy meringue. Three - yes, three - layers of light sponge cake. How could you not fall in love with this cake? Get the recipe for this Triple Layer Lemon Meringue Cake on Butter and Brioche.
Raw Blackberry Lemon Lavender Cheesecake
[Photo credit: Fragrant Vanilla]
OK, so it’s a cheesecake. But just look at it. It’s perfect for summer for two main reasons. First, there are the blackberries (in season) - and also the lemon so you get that light, fresh flavour. Also, you don’t need to turn on the oven to make it. And who wants to turn on the oven in the middle of a heatwave? Get the Blackberry Lemon Lavender Cheesecake recipe on Fragrant Vanilla.
No Bake Vegan Brownies with Chocolate Ganache
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Thick, fudgy brownies. And they’re vegan and gluten free. The best part? That you don’t need to put the oven on to make them. They might be rich and indulgent, but they’re also packed full of good things like walnuts, almonds and cacao. Find out how to make these no bake vegan brownies (and the chocolate ganache that’s on top) at Minimalist Baker.
Easiest Ice Cream Cake
[Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess]
This is exactly what we needed. A recipe for an easy ice cream cake. “This is not so much a recipe as a, uh, food idea. Yeah. This post is inspired by two things: childhood memories and birthday cake Oreos,” writes Emma from A Beautiful Mess. Sounds perfect.