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Best fruity cake recipes

Published: September 26, 2021 at 1:49 pm
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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.

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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.

Lemon loaf with candied orange peel on a white rectangular serving plate

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.

Orange Drizzle Cake Recipe with Aperol

Grapefruit drizzle cake

A moreish, sugary crust gives a wonderful texture in this seasonal spin on lemon drizzle.

A golden loaf cake drizzled with a grapefruit icing

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.

A loaf cake with blood orange slices on top


Rhubarb and custard cake

A rhubarb cake with one slice taken out of it

Strawberry cupcakes

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.

Cupcakes topped with frosting and sliced strawberries

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.

Strawberry Cake Recipe with Pistachio

Blueberry muffins

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.

Blueberry muffins

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.


Blackberry cake

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.

Blackberry and Yogurt Cake Recipe


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.


Pumpkin cake

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.

Pumpkin cake, image by Mike English

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.

A whole filo pastry fig tart

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.

A dark blue plate topped with a slice of sponge pudding covered in custard

Toffee apple cake

Looking for an autumnal afternoon tea treat? Check out this crowd-pleasing toffee apple cake, topped with a sticky toffee frosting.

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Toffee Apple Cake Recipe

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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