Summer Event Cake and Desserts

Top 13 Fun Summer Event Cake and Desserts Ideas

Are you looking for sweet treat ideas to serve at a summer get together? Well, you came to the right place because this article has a variety of tasty summer desserts. Don’t worry, there are some sweet yet refreshing desserts to keep you cool during the hot, summer weather. There’s a whole list of summer event cake and desserts ideas mentioned below. So, what are you waiting for? Keep on reading to find what delicious treats you can serve at your party!

The Best 13 Summer Event Cake and Desserts

The Best 13 Summer Event Cake and Desserts

1. Bourbon Peach Cobbler

This is a great dessert for any adult party that adds a little kick to a regular peach cobbler by adding bourbon and a buttery biscuit crust for added flavor.  

2. Lemon Raspberry Cake

The Best 13 Summer Event Cake and Desserts

A Lemon raspberry cake would be perfect for any hot summer day. This cake is light and delicious. The cake itself is lemon-based. The filling is both a buttercream frosting and raspberry preserves. Top the cake with more buttercream frosting and add whole fresh raspberries to the top. 

3. Princess Cake

Princess cake is a Swedish tradition among royalty but is a summer favorite everywhere. This cake comes in so many different versions but this particular one is the easiest and the sweetest. You can either make your own or buy a store-bought angel food cake.

Cut the cake in half and place whipped cream and berries on the surface. Cover it with more whip cream before putting the second half on top of the bottom layer. Cover the top with more whip cream and berries and it’s done! This is perfect for a hot summer day. Who doesn’t like whip cream and berries? 

4. Ice-box Cake

This cake takes a little time to make but it only has two ingredients. You need your favorite wafer cookie. Most people use chocolate wafers. Grab a 13×9 pan and fill with loads of whipped cream. Then place each wafer vertically in the whipped cream and freeze. This is an easy and fun spin-on cookie and cream ice cream. 

5. Ice Cream Cake

Have ice cream cakes served at your event. The five-layer ice cream cake adds more than the typical chocolate and vanilla flavors to this delicious treat. In addition to two ice cream flavors of choice, the oreo cookie, hot fudge, and whipped cream layers add unique flavors to a classic treat. Most bakeries and cake shops know how to create this cool treat, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get your hands on one of these from your local bakery.  

6. Coconut Cupcakes

The Best 13 Summer Event Cake and Desserts

For a little tropical treat, try these coconut cupcakes that are served with a coconut flavored buttercream icing on top. These can be served as birthday, wedding, or baby shower cupcakes with their elegant coconut shavings and light creamy colors.  

7. Summer Lemon Bars

Light like a pastry, these tart treats are perfect for parties or events in the summer. For the adults who don’t wish to drink, but still like the idea of more “adult” desserts, these lemon bars are spiked with Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy beer. If you don’t feel like taking a shot at making them yourself, try your local bakery or ask if they can refer you to any bakeries that specialize in creating desserts.  

8. Personalized Cookies

Always a favorite, cookies are a great treat to go alongside wedding and birthday cakes. Birthday cookies should have the name or initials of the guest of honor on them. It is a bonus if the icing on the cookies was the person’s favorite color.

If it is your wedding, consider looking at a bakery that can make wedding cookies with you and your significant other’s combined initials on them. If it’s for a graduation party, cookies with the name of the graduate and “Class of 2020” would work well. These personalized goodies can even be wrapped up for your guests to enjoy and take home as a favor.

9. Strawberry Shortcake

The Best 13 Summer Event Cake and Desserts

This is a classic dessert that satisfies almost everyone. The kinds of strawberry shortcakes vary depending on the recipe. This recipe combines homemade lemony biscuits, macerated strawberries, and homemade whip cream to create a unique dessert ready for the summer.

10. Salted Caramel Milkshakes

This dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings as well as cool you off in the hot summer sun. You can serve it to everyone no matter their age. For an added kick, you can even add a little rum to the shakes for a more adult version.

11. Ice Pops and/or Ice Cream

The Best 13 Summer Event Cake and Desserts

If it is too hot outside to bake anything, you can’t go wrong with classic summer treats. Ice cream is easy to buy anywhere, whether it’s in a grocery store or at a local ice cream shop. Ice pops are easy to make. Most basic ice pops require you to freeze the syrupy liquid for a certain amount of time. If you want a more specific ice pop recipe, Peach Melba Ice Pops are a good easy-to-make fruity treat on a hot summer day.

12. Boozy Ice Cream Floats

These are also good for extremely hot days where no one feels like using the oven to bake. Alcohol mixed with the ice cream gives this dessert drink a nice kick. Mix in bourbon, cherry coke, cherry brandy, and either chocolate or vanilla ice cream for a refreshing chocolate cherry bourbon float. Combine rum and ginger beer with vanilla ice cream for a spiked vanilla float. Enjoy a mixture of strawberry ice cream, gin, and prosecco for a spiked strawberry float.

13. Bing Cherry-Amaretti Fool

It is always a good idea to use fruit that is in season during the summer for the desserts you plan to make. Bing cherries are in season during the summer, and this custard-style fool dessert is the perfect way to incorporate this fruit. The mixture of whipped cream and the sweet cherries balances out the sour cream. Topped off with crushed amaretti cookies and mint leaves, you have a delicious dessert.


That concludes the top 13 summer event cake and desserts ideas list. There are some simple ideas like ice cream and then some fancier and detailed ideas like a princess cake or a Bing cherry-amaretti fool. Hopefully you found these ideas easy-to-use and are inspired to kick off an awesome summer party with delicious, cool treats!

Written by Kasey Dolezal and Co-written by Kathleen Perrier
Edited by Cal Fiala

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