A Slice of Summer: Throwing a summer party? Serve up the flavors of summer!

recipe-image-legacy-id--967605_11Summer is all about feeling refreshed. Cool, tangy flavors that brighten up the palate and light textures dominate the recipe books for summer seasonal treats, and if you’re planning on throwing a party for the summer, a matching dessert needs to be present!

Some flavors are just summer classics, and when the summer heat is bearing down on you, you just can’t help but crave for sweet and tangy flavors. Renowned food blogger and endless source of inspiration for thousands of home cooks, Deb of Smitten Kitchen, has come up with a beautiful recipe for a summer cake that uses the most popular of summer flavors, strawberries. Gluten-free food blogger Angela Browning of Dishes Undressed has also been featured on the M&S website for her recipe for a light-yet-sticky loaf cake that’s bursting with the refreshing citrus flavors of lemon.

This recipe brings together the best of both worlds – the sweetness of berries with the tang of citrus fruits. It’s sure to be a popular addition to any summer party you may be planning. Plus, it’s a cinch to make! You can also cut it up into little squares, so portioning for a party is easy.

Gooseberry and Orange Drizzle Cake

·         8oz of softened butter, plus a little extra to grease the baking pan with
·         8oz of sugar
·         8oz self-raising flour
·         4 large eggs
·         8oz gooseberries


·         The juice and zest of 1 orange
·         4 ½ oz of sugar

This recipe makes use of gooseberries, a rather underappreciated berry that grows best in the humid summer months. Just make sure you get the ripe red gooseberries, because the green unripe ones can be quite bitter.
First off, preheat the oven to 350 °F and butter and line a 8×12 inch baking tin with baking parchment.

Put the butter, caster sugar, flour, eggs, and orange zest in a bowl and beat this together thoroughly with an electric mixer until the mixture is smooth and creamy. You can then fold in the gooseberries. Try to distribute them in the batter, and then spoon the mixture into the baking tin and level the surface.

Bake this for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick skewer comes out of the cake clean. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by mixing the juice and granulated sugar together. Once the cake comes out of the oven, spoon this onto the surface. Set aside and let cool. Once ready to serve, slice into even squares.


Disclaimer: This is a guest post by Amelie Cartwright

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