If I had may way, I would always have a cake stashed away in my kitchen, just in case: in case someone dropped by unexpectedly; in case someone wanted cake for breakfast; in case fruit for dessert just wouldn’t do. Here are eleven go-to cakes you can make all summer long—from fancy to homey, chocolatey to coconutty to fruity, cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, lazy picnics and Sunday brunches. Best of all, they're make-ahead, so you can be at the ready... just in case.
This is light, handsome, gluten-free, berry-topped cake comes together in minutes, and it's as good for breakfast, brunch or tea as it is for dessert—especially when served with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream. I've also topped the plain cake with a chocolate glaze and fresh raspberries for a gluten-free birthday cake.
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Like a light lemon poundcake, this bundt has a lovely, buttery flavor—but the oil in the batter gives it a fantastic light crumb. The glaze also gives it an old-timey look. It's the perfect bring-along for a summer picnic or barbecue.