Best fruity cake recipes
Bake with the seasons with our fruity cake recipes, from rhubarb and elderflower to peach and pear
Looking for fruity cake recipes? We've compiled our best ever cakes that make the most of fruit. These simple bakes from banana loaf with passion fruit frosting to Amalfi lemon cake and strawberry and pistachio cake are the perfect teatime treat to impress your friends and family.
Read our best springform cake tins review for our thoughts on tried and tested kit. Next, try our autumn cake recipes, loaf cake recipes and rhubarb cake recipes.
Fruity cake recipes
Amalfi lemon drizzle cake
Amalfi lemons from Italy have an intense aroma and flavour that makes this cake even better, but you can use regular ones, which are are harvested from January onwards, too. Dress it up even further with some tart candied peel.
Orange and Aperol drizzle cake
Oranges start coming into season in the colder months, giving winter bakes a much-needed sunny hit. This pretty drizzle cake with Aperol does just the trick, perfect for feeding guests at a grown-up afternoon tea.
A great way of using up any ingredients at the back of your storecupboard, this fruity cherry cake is ideal for a rainy weekend baking project.
Grapefruit drizzle cake
A moreish, sugary crust gives a wonderful texture in this seasonal spin on lemon drizzle.
Pear and chocolate puddings
Pears are the perfect fruit for a spot of February baking. We love these individual little pots of chocolate sponge and pear. Any pears will work, but some of our favourites are Conference, Red Williams, Comice or Concorde. Make sure you use the fruit at the optimum stage of ripeness as they vary on flavour and texture.
Blood orange loaf cake
Blood oranges, celebrated for their ruby red flesh and juice, are only in season for a short time (between January and March), as they need huge temperature shifts in order to grow well – hot in the day and then down to below freezing at night. Check out more of our blood orange recipes.
Rhubarb and custard cake
April is often the month (weather depending) when the rhubarb that is available in the shops changes from that grown indoors to outdoor-grown, which can vary in colour, texture and flavour. Capture its sharp and sweet flavours in cake form with this delicious rhubarb and custard sponge. Soured cream keeps this bake moist, and the crumble topping is a great contrast to rhubarb.
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Strawberries at their best in June. Make the most of them with a batch of these dainty cupcakes which stay beautifully moist thanks to the chopped up strawberries folded into the sponge. Find plenty of strawberry recipes here.
Strawberry and pistachio cake
This lovely summer pistachio cake with strawberry icing is worth the extra effort. When strawberries smell good, they should be at optimum ripeness and have flavour – perfect for this cake.
The blueberry season begins in June, giving you the perfect excuse to bake these super moist breakfast muffins. A few little tweaks like using flaxseed and yogurt bring these in under 200 calories.
Cardamom and raspberry Swedish buns
The raspberry season starts in June and lasts until October. Make the most of tart, juicy raspberries in these filled buns, inspired by classic Scandinavian baking. Made with a brioche-style dough and filled with raspberries, the family will love them.
Sweet but tart blackberries are in season in the summer – put them to work in this pretty cake with fresh fruit baked into the sponge and a vibrant coulis drizzled over freshly whipped cream.
Cherry bakewell tart
Make cherries the star of this classic Bakewell tart before summer is over. Best served with a cup of builder’s tea for a proper English teatime treat.
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with this seasonal special. Made with real pumpkin, its also dotted with nuts, flavoured with maple syrup and finished with a zesty soft cheese topping. Perfect for Halloween or Bonfire Night.
Fig tart with brandy cream
The fruit of the ficus tree, figs are soft, chewy and filled with small, edible seeds. This fancy filo fig tart sings autumn, with a generous dollop of brandy cream providing the perfect pick-me-up. Discover more fig recipes here.
Apple crumble cake
Combine the comfort of an apple crumble with a fluffy sponge to create this autumnal fruit pudding. Serve ample amounts of custard or cream for added indulgence.
Toffee apple cake
Looking for an autumnal afternoon tea treat? Check out this crowd-pleasing toffee apple cake, topped with a sticky toffee frosting.
Upside-down apple and star anise cake
Sticky apple slices combined with a hint of star anise makes this a brilliant dinner-party dessert for the colder months.
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