Summer Fruit Tray Bake

August 18, 2015Sew White

My Summer Fruit Tray Bake is a simple lemon sponge dotted with summer berries. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries. An easy tray bake cake.

I love all the summer fruit around at the moment. With so much on offer I took advantage of it to make this delicious summer fruit tray bake. It is a simple lemon sponge dotted with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries.

freshly cooked golden brown Summer Fruit Tray Bake still in the tin

 It works very well as a cake to take on a picnic. Once cooled you can put it back in the tin to transport it. It’s always a popular choice in my family. Especially with the raspberry pieces for me.

golden cake studded with summer berries

Making the Summer Fruit Tray Bake won’t take long. It’s a good old fashioned sponge and my absolute favourite go to sponge recipe. To make sure the cake bakes evenly I would recommend studding the top of the cake with the fruit. This is so they sink down naturally when cooking but doesn’t stop the sponge from cooking through. It also makes it a lot easier to test it’s cooked with a thin kebab stick or cake tester. As you can dodge the fruit knowing you’re testing the cake.

Let’s get baking the Summer Fruit Tray Bake

5 from 13 votes

Summer Fruit Tray Bake

My Summer Fruit Tray Bake is a simple lemon sponge dotted with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries. An easy tray bake cake.

Course Bakes, Cakes, Sweet Treats
Cuisine British, English, International
Keyword Summer Fruit Tray Bake, Summer Fruit Tray Bake UK recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 20 slices
Calories 160 kcal
Author Sisley White


  • 250 grams unsalted butter
  • 250 grams caster sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 200 grams blueberries
  • 100 grams cherries weight after stones removed
  • 150 grams blackberries
  • 150 grams raspberries


  1. Grease and line a 12in x 9in cake tin.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180º degrees/ 160º fan oven.

  3. Cream together the butter and sugar.

  4. Add the eggs one at a time and don't over mix.

  5. Add the lemon juice and zest.

  6. Sieve in the self raising flour and baking powder.

  7. Add the milk and stir in gently.

  8. Chop the cherries roughly. Leave the other fruit whole so they don't make the mixture wetter.

  9. Gently stir in three quarters of all the fruit to the mix.

  10. Pour the mix in to the tin and stud the remaining fruit in to the top.

  11. Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden brown and use a cake tester to make sure the middle is done.

  12. If it starts to brown too quickly cover the cake with silver foil for the remaining time.

  13. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

It tastes lovely served with more fruit, a dollop of cream or a scoop of ice cream.

I can’t tell how much I love this recipe. It’s so simple, it doesn’t need decorating when it’s out of the oven – maybe a drizzle of icing might be nice or a dusting of icing sugar. If you are going to a party or picnic you can transport the cake in the tin. Cool it out of the pan and pop it back in when it’s cold. Make sure you try this cake when it’s still warm. You will love it.


sponge cake dotted with raspberries, strawberries and blackberries ready to be baked

The finished delicious cake ready to eat. I love a tray bake cake.

Sew White summer fruit cake tray bake 5

I am entering these delicious brownies into the The Great British Blackberry Recipe Round Up being hosted by Farmersgirl Kitchen and Lavender and Lovage.
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  • Roz

    August 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Lovely recipe – I love traybakes too and lemon sponge is my favourite!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      I’ve only just discovered my love for tray bakes. They are so easy and delicious 🙂

  • Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen

    August 18, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Sounds and looks so delicious, Sisley! I love that this tray bake is packed with berries for some extra moisture and flavour 😉5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Berries are so good! I’m getting a bit obsessed with adding them to everything 🙂

  • Clare

    August 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Yum yum, I need to make this before summer ends!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 18, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      You do! It’s so good 🙂 Love berries and cake x

  • Munchies & Munchkins

    August 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    This looks so appetising Sisley. Makes me want to pop to the market and get a load of fresh berries x5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Simple pleasures and summer berries are definitely a pleasure x

  • Andrea @ Made With Pink

    August 18, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I really love this cake. You can tell it’s a cake that’s just meant to be eaten. I don’t think I could stop at one piece! I love the berries in it.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 19, 2015 at 10:22 am

      I agree. It really does want to be enjoyed and I can confirm it was 🙂

  • Janice

    August 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    What a gorgeous cake, Sisley. I love those summer fruits and you’ve managed to pack in so many. This cake is definitely one I would love to make and EAT!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      September 5, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      You can never have too much summer fruit in a cake!
      It was most certainly enjoyed a lot in my house and with all my neighbours.

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  • Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    September 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I have added a similar style of cake to #GBBR although I reckon they might taste significantly different as the ingredients are not at all the same.5 stars

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