This holiday week you can bet that berry pies will be gracing many a picnic table. On a hot summer day, a slice of blueberry or strawberry pie can't be beat. But long rivaling pie for a classic American dessert is cake, and we gathered some stunning summer cakes that shouldn't be left out of the mix. The one thing that cakes have going for them that pies do not is that over-the-top messy frosting. And come summertime, juicy berries or sweet peaches are piled into and onto layers of moist cake to create truly celebration-worthy desserts. Or even better: everyday desserts just because it's a summer Sunday in July. We'll take it.
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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