If there is one time it's worth heating up the oven during summer, it's for the promise of cake — especially one that highlights the season's fresh fruit. From a blueberry-lemon skillet cake to a towering strawberry shortcake, these are the cakes that should be on your must-make list. Whether you're going to a birthday party or a poolside picnic, you can't go wrong with any of these sweet treats.
Strawberry shortcake is an essential summer dessert, and this version is dressed to impress. It swaps the biscuits for several layers of yellow cake, but comes piled high with the pillowy cream and juicy strawberries you expect.
When summer birthdays call for something chocolatey, this brownie-meets-cake hybrid wins every time. It's big enough to serve a crowd and comes together in about 30 minutes.
Inspired by cake mix, this everyday vanilla cake is all about simplicity and versatility. Mix it up in a single bowl, then take your pick of a couple round cake pans, a 9x13-inch pan, Bundt pan, or cupcake tins for baking.
This cinnamon-scented cake was made with the serious banana bread-lover in mind. Brown sugar glaze and an Instagram-worthy banana topping take this everyday treat from breakfast fare to sweet dessert.
Summer calls for skillet cakes, and this version treats you to a hint of lemon and a light cornmeal batter studded with fresh berries. It's wholesome enough to serve for breakfast yet still easily passes for dessert.
With layers of sunny lemon cake and the lightest, just-sweet-enough whipped raspberry frosting with the prettiest pink hue, this one-bowl cake is made for summer celebrations.
Because you can never have too much rhubarb, this moist, dense cake, blended with eggs and almond paste, is one of the sweetest ways to get your fill.
Not only does this summery sheet cake satisfy the craving for berries and sweet stone fruit, but it also couldn't be prettier. Take this to a potluck and prepare to wow the crowd.
This glossy-topped cornmeal cake, covered with gingery strawberries, is so pretty yet remarkably quick and easy to pull off.
Bundt cakes are an easy way to turn everyday cakes into something special, and that's just what you can expect with this classic yellow cake coated with a layer of rich chocolate glaze.