Thursday, 11 June 2015

The best summer cakes

A pot of tea and a slice of cake in the garden, sat on wrought iron chairs at a little table listening to the hum of the insects and the quiet murmur of people in their own little green oasis.

But what sort of cake to bake? The allotment plot is starting to offer bushes laden with currants and raspberries, strawberries in raised beds and big fat gooseberries. Summer cakes should surely feature fruits and maybe fresh cream too. Here are my 5 cakes for the ultimate summer bake off.

1. Victoria sponge
The classic cake for tea parties and summer fayres. I make this cake by simply weighing 3 or 4 eggs and then using the exact same weight of self-raising flour, butter and caster sugar with a dash of vanilla essence. Fill with whipped cream and add some fresh home-grown strawberries or raspberries and a dusting of icing sugar. Named after Queen Victoria, a true British cake that's part of our history.
Victoria sponge cake
Picture credit Victoria Sponge Shutterstock


2. Upside down cake
You might automatically think of the American pineapple upside down cake but really try any summer fruits you can get hold of for an easy treat. Add the fruit to the base of a cake tin and then spoon over the cake mixture. Once baked, flipping the cake over to reveal a gorgeous, gleaming fruity topping.
Summer fruits

3. Wedding cake
Summer and weddings go hand in hand so probably most of you will be sampling some whilst the sun shines and happy bride and grooms start their married life together. Not just fruit cakes with rolled white icing, contemporary wedding cakes are a variety of flavours and quirky styles. red velvet, tempered chocolate and modern fashionable trends using macarons or ombre style designs.

I am going to a friend's wedding in July and can't wait to see the cake, I have a feeling it will have a rustic feel......I'll report back in August.....
pink wedding cake
Picture credit: Pink wedding cake Shutterstock

4. Lemon and lavender cake
Summer afternoons and the aroma of lavender in pots by the kitchen door. Pretty and purple and a fragrant addition to a cake when deliciously combined with lemon zest. Use the dried lavender flowers in the cake batter or even in the buttercream. Just a little so it is not overbearing and soapy. Other additions from the garden that work well in cakes are the petals of edible flowers - violas, borage, rose or pansies. An intoxicating cake of rosé wine with carnation petals is an interesting combination.
5. Chocolate courgette cake
With the usual glut of courgettes from the allotment over the summer months, what else to do but grate them into the cake. Surely that will count as one of the veggie quotas of the day? Courgette adds to the moisture of a cake and combined with chocolate makes a truly scrummy sponge. I like this chocolate courgette cake recipe that drizzles a rich ganache over the top.

**Blog feature, words are my own**

20 comments:

Blue Bear Wood said...

A gorgeous collection. The lemon and Lavender sounds delicious

Sonia said...

Oh that victorious sponge looks divine, I could eat a big piece of that with a cup of tea now ;) Not sure I fancy chocolate and courgette but very intrigued to try it.

Mellissa Williams said...

I don't think you can beat a Victoria Sponge with a cup of tea. Wedding cake comes a close second especially if it is a non traditional one - I had a chocolate wedding cake at my wedding :)

Clare Mansell said...

You had me at Victoria Sponge which is my all time favourite cake and just soooo good at this time of year!

Erica Price said...

I love a Victoria Sponge - so light and fresh and perfect for summer.

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

I'd be happy with a simple Victoria sponge - mmmmm x

Suzanne Whitton said...

Ooh that Victoria Sponge cake looks divine and absolutely has 'summer' written all over it. You've got me salivating now!

Sarah Bailey said...

Oh my goodness now I really fancy some cake, the Victoria Sponge would be perfect :) x

Beautyqueenuk said...

I don't think anything can be better than a brew and a piece of freshly made Victoria Sponge x

lisa prince said...

oh ive never thought of cakes in season i do however have a soft spot for fresh cream cakes in summer more

Bex Smith said...

I really fancy some upside down cake now...can't beat a good bit of cake

pinkoddy said...

Oh I think I will get my son cooking an upside down cake - he is loving cooking at the moment.

LucyDorrington said...

I have never eaten lavender. Or courgette in a cake, lol, I think I need to get more adventurous!

Globalmouse said...

Oh my goodness those cakes look so good, I could have a big slice of that Victoria sponge cake right now.

Michelle Twin Mum said...

Ohh I love cake. The sound of courgette and chocloate soudns good. Courgette and lime is my favourite currently. Mich x

sonya said...

I made a pineapple upside down cake yesterday - yum! Love the idea of courgette cake - sounds positively healthy doesn't it!

Kara said...

Oh my, these look amazing!!!

Mama Syder said...

Victoria sponge is one of my favourite cakes. I'm hungry now x

Charly Dove said...

Ooh yummy cakes! All of these sound absolutely delicious and you're making me so hungry! The courgette cake sounds very interesting :)

Ickle Pickle said...

Such fantastic cakes! Courgette cake? I am not sure about that one! Kaz x

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