Summer Fruit Traybake

August 18, 2015Sew White

My Summer Fruit Traybake 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.

Summer Fruit Cake

Summer fruit is a joy and with so much available it’s brilliant being turned into a cake. The Summer fruit cake is so easy to make and even easier to eat. A soft moist cake studded with fresh berries. What could be better!

freshly cooked golden brown Summer Fruit Traybake still in the tin

Perfect picnic cake

It works very well as a cake to take on a picnic. Cakes can be a difficult thing to transport but luckily with a tray bake you can use the tin you cooked it in to move it. After baking, leave in the tin until cool. Wash up the cake tin and dry. When the cake is cool gently pop it back in the tin. Wrap it up in cling film or silver foil and it’s ready to go. It will be a very popular picnic cake after this. This is always a popular choice in my family for a picnic in the park.

golden cake studded with summer berries summer fruit traybake

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.

What fruit is best for Summer Fruit  traybake

Fresh fruit works best for this type of traybake as frozen fruit once thawed will be too wet and can stop the cake from cooking and rising properly.

You can use any fruit you want for this traybake. I love a mix but when I’ve only been able to get raspberries, I’ve made it only with raspberries. In Autumn I when I pick brambles/blackberries I do an autumn version and add a little ground ginger into the mix. It’s wonderful! This is so easy to adapt to the fruit you have.

I would recommend choosing fruit which isn’t to wet. If you want to use strawberries then cut them and dry them off before you add them or if you can find smaller ones add them in hole.

Raspberries and other berries work so well for this summer fruit traybake. Blueberries are a favourite of mine and I always want to add blueberries if I can get them.

Dried fruit – you can use dried fruit as it won’t interrupt or interfere with the cake. Mix the dried fruit in with the flour and cook exactly the same. I prefer the fresh fruit as it goes jammy and you get those beautiful gooey pieces.

What is a British Traybake?

A British traybake is a type of cake or baked goodie that is made in a shallow pan which is easy to divide up once baked. Perfect for parties and events.

Can you use frozen fruit in cakes?

If you want to make a fruity compote use frozen berries. Pop them in a saucepan and on a low heat warm them up and once squidgy. When back to normal add a tablespoon of sugar mix in and allow to cool.

How long do traybakes last?

Traybakes can usually last about 2-5 days depending on what are in them and how you store them. The Summer fruit traybake is best stored somewhere cool (not the fridge) and wrapped up in cling film or in an airtight container. It will last about 2 days in delicious condition and then start to dry out.

Let’s get baking the Summer Fruit Tray Bake

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

Once cooked and cooled you can pop it in the microwave to warm it up and serve it with ice cream. This is definitely a serving suggestion! Even warm from the oven with ice cream is delicious.

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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Summer Fruit Tray Bake

Sisley White
My Summer Fruit Tray Bake is a simple lemon sponge dotted with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries. An easy tray bake cake.
4.94 from 16 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Bakes, Cakes, Sweet Treats
Cuisine British, English, International
Servings 20 slices
Calories 217 kcal


  • 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


  • Grease and line a 12in x 9in cake tin.
  • Preheat the oven to 180º degrees/ 160º fan oven / 356ºF.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and don’t over mix.
  • Add the lemon juice and zest.
  • Sieve in the self raising flour and baking powder.
  • Add the milk and stir in gently.
  • Chop the cherries roughly. Leave the other fruit whole so they don’t make the mixture wetter.
  • Gently stir in three quarters of all the fruit to the mix.
  • Pour the mix in to the tin and stud the remaining fruit in to the top.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden brown and use a cake tester to make sure the middle is done.
  • If it starts to brown too quickly cover the cake with silver foil for the remaining time.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out and leave to cool on a wire rack.


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


Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 40mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 405IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword Summer Fruit Tray Bake, Summer Fruit Tray Bake UK recipe
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  • Roz

    August 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

    5 stars
    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.

    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

    5 stars
    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!

    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

    5 stars
    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.

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  • Sammmy

    June 8, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    5 stars
    Absoloutely Delicious

  • Julie Price

    March 18, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    4 stars
    Lovely cake but the fruit studded the top sunk during baking. Not sure why?

    1. Sew White

      March 19, 2022 at 10:05 am

      This might be because the oven is too hot or the fruit is too large in the mixture. The mixture might also need a little more flour. I hope this helps.

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