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15 Must-Make Cakes to Bake Before Summer Ends

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You know how some people have a summer bucket list? Picnic on the beach, run the full loop around the park, eat at least one whole tomato per day (grape tomatoes excluded), read a book a week, catch a sunrise or two?

I have that, too... only my list consists exclusively of the cakes I want to bake while the summer's sweetest fruits are still here. Squidgy, buttery, lemony-bright, and good for wrapping in parchment and toting on the bus, these are the cakes I'll miss most once apple season's in full swing and we're flinging cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa like confetti.

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Behold, the cakes to make while you can still find a good peach, and to fuel the rest of your summer bucket list, whether you're potluck'ing on the deck or roasting marshmallows over a campfire.

Peach Cobbler-Cake
Peach Cobbler-Cake
Rhubarb Almond Crumb Cake
Rhubarb Almond Crumb Cake
Zucchini Cupcakes with Lemon-Dill Frosting
Zucchini Cupcakes with Lemon-Dill Frosting
Tahini Cake with Blueberry Swirl
Tahini Cake with Blueberry Swirl
Strawberry Cake for Mother's Day (and Other Days)
Strawberry Cake for Mother's Day (and Other Days)
Gingery Olive Oil Zucchini Cake with Poppy Seeds and Lemon Crunch Glaze
Gingery Olive Oil Zucchini Cake with Poppy Seeds and Lemon Crunch Glaze
Blueberry Lemon Cake
Blueberry Lemon Cake
Jodi Rhoden’s Sour Cream Pound Cake
Jodi Rhoden’s Sour Cream Pound Cake
Crème Fraîche Plum Cake with Plum Caramel
Crème Fraîche Plum Cake with Plum Caramel
Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread
Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread
Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake
Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake
Plum and Ricotta Tart (Torta di Susine)
Plum and Ricotta Tart (Torta di Susine)
Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake
Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake
Vegan Peach Crumble Coffee Cake
Vegan Peach Crumble Coffee Cake
Marian Burros' Plum Torte
Marian Burros' Plum Torte

More summer dessert options:

The King of Easy-Yet-Impressive No-Bake Summer Desserts, Updated!

The King of Easy-Yet-Impressive No-Bake Summer Desserts, ... by Sarah Jampel

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This Cake Will Turn Your World Upside Down

This Cake Will Turn Your World Upside Down by Erin McDowell

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How to Make Ice Cream Cake without a Recipe

How to Make Ice Cream Cake without a Recipe by Elana Carlson

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Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream Cake by Yossy Arefi

What's on your summer cake bucket list? Tell us in the comments below!