Cakes With Fruit

Whether you fill with a fruit puree, dice up a fruit topping, or infuse the flavor with Jell-O, these cakes with fruit pack a punch! Enjoy this collection of sweet and fruity cakes!

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A collage of various cakes with fruit.

Flavorful and Fruity Cakes

Fruit is a great way to lighten up any dessert, and spongy cakes are the perfect pairing!

Cakes with Fruit are musts in spring and summer, but these sweet treats are great for any time of the year.

Below in this collection, you’ll find several recipes that are fruit flavored, topped with fruit, or filled with fruit! From fresh berries to bananas, and lemons to pineapples, there’s a fruit cake recipe for every fruit lover.

A slice of gooey strawberry cake on a white plate.

Using Seasonal Fruit

Fruit that is in season will be perfectly ripe and it’s usually sold at a lower price than when not in season. If you can’t grow your own fruit at home, then the next best thing is your local farmers market. In general, here’s a list of fruits available in each season:

  • Spring: apricots, Barbados cherries, honeydew, jackfruit, mango, lychee, oranges, pineapple, rhubarb, strawberries, peaches, plums, bananas, kiwi, rhubarb, lemons.
  • Summer: banana, pears, black currents, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloups, champagne grapes, cherry, figs, grapefruit, honeydew, lime, loganberry, lychee, mulberry, stone fruit, raspberries, strawberry, watermelon, mangoes, pineapple, limes, loganberries, passion fruit, apples, nectarines, mangoes, apricots, peaches, plums.
  • Autumn: Barbados cherry, cactus pear, gooseberries, cranberry, plum, grapes, guava, huckleberry, jujube, key lime, passion fruit, pear, persimmons, pineapple, bananas, figs, kiwi, mango, melons, Asian pear, cactus pear, gooseberries, grapes, huckleberries, passion fruit, pineapple, apples, persimmons, pomegranate, pumpkin, apple, apricots, peaches.
  • Winter: apples, pomegranate, bananas, cranberry, lemon, lime, orange, clementine, grapefruit, dates, kiwi, pears, red currents, cactus pear, persimmons.
Cakes with fruit - a slice of strawberry cake on a white plate.

tips for using fruit in cakes

Whether you are baking the fruit or simply using fruit as a garnish or topping here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Frozen fruit: Most recipes call for fresh fruit, but sometimes frozen fruit is what is available. Most often you can still use frozen fruit, just be sure that you thaw the fruit and drain the extra liquid, otherwise you will end up with a mushy and wet dessert.

Fresh fruit: Especially when sliced, it can yield juices that may soak into the cake. Adding a cream frosting onto a cake before topping can help keep the cake from getting soggy.

Cutting fruit: Prepare and cut the fruit so that it is uniform in size and shape, especially when baking so that the dessert bakes evenly with a uniform texture.

Wait to add: Since fruit often weeps after a period of time, wait to add the fruit topping to the cake as close to the serving time as possible.

Treat fruit: Treat fresh cut fruit with Fruit Fresh Powder, or dip in diluted lemon juice. These treatments help keep the fruit from discoloring.

How to keep fruit from sinking in batter: If you are making a cake that calls for adding fruit to the batter, I suggest that you lightly toss the fruit in all purpose flour, or even a spoon full of the dry cake powder before you fold into the cake batter. The thin coat of flour will help keep the fruit from sinking to the bottom.

Adding fruit to classic recipes: Sponge cake and angel food cake often display a beautiful fruit topping. Classic chocolate cake or vanilla are perfect for adding fresh fruit in between the cake layers.

Cakes with fruit - a slice of chiffon cake topped with fresh berries.

tips for topping cakes with fruit

Coat with preserves: If your fruit is layered in a way that it completely covers the top of the cake, you can brush a thin layer of warm fruit preserves on top. Not only does it give the fruit a nice sheen, but it helps keep the fruits from drying out. You can also individually brush the fruits with the preserves before placing them on the cake.

  • Warm apricot jam works well for yellow fruits.
  • Warm red currant preserves works well to brush over red fruits
  • Neutral flavored glaze can also work. This glaze is often found in the produce section at the market.

Frosted appearance: Another beautiful way to present fruit is to give it a frosted appearance. This would be perfect for Christmas fruit cakes, or for a special occasion. This works best for uncut fruits such as grapes, whole strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.

  1. In a bowl add the egg white from a pasteurized egg and beat. 
  2. Sift extra fine powdered sugar into a separate bowl. 
  3. Dip the fruit into the egg white and then into the sugar
  4. Place the fruit on parchment paper to dry. 
Cakes with fruit - a slice of lime sheet cake on a white plate.

Storing Cakes with Fruit

ROOM TEMPERTURE. If the fruit topping is cooked and doesn’t not include eggs, then you can safely store the cake at room temperature for up to 2 days. 

CHILL. Cakes with fresh fruit on top or a fruity filled middle should always be stored in the refrigerator. It may be prudent to remove the fruit topping before storing.

Never FREEZE cake with a fruit topping.


Best Cakes with Fruit

There’s something here for everyone regardless of what your fruit of choice is—lemon, lime, strawberry, blueberry, even pineapple and banana! We’ve got you covered!

Coconut Cake – This Coconut Cake is made from scratch, and topped with a scrumptious cream cheese frosting that is so addicting. The toasted coconut topping gives it an incredible flavor, making it a dessert to enjoy all year long!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Pineapple upside down cake is a classic dessert that is so soft and moist, filled with the perfect amount of pineapple flavor!

Lemon Buttermilk Cake – Lemon Cake is baked with a lemon zest and topped with a delicious lemony glaze. It is refreshing with the perfect amount of sweetness!

Lemon Bundt Cake – This is the most delicious and moist Lemon Bundt Cake recipe! It is covered in a sweet lemon glaze and topped off with an amazing cream cheese frosting with lemon zest, making it irresistible.

Strawberry Pound Cake – Strawberry Pound Cake, with fresh strawberries and a beautiful white glaze, will be your perfect solution for the spring and summer dessert season.

Apple Cake – This Easy Apple Cake is extra moist and filled with cinnamon and apples. Top it off with ice cream and caramel sauce for the perfect fall treat! 

Strawberry Sheet Cake – This strawberry sheet cake is especially tasty made with fresh pureed strawberries and topped with an amazing homemade strawberry frosting!

Key Lime Cake – This super easy key lime cake is bursting with fresh lime flavor and topped with whipped cream. It’s a delicious summer cake recipe, and if you love key lime pie – then definitely give this recipe a try. 

Lemon Sheet Cake – This super moist and delicious Lemon Sheet Cake recipe topped off with a tasty lemon buttercream frosting is our new favorite dessert, and it’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

Strawberry Cake – Sweet strawberry cake is so beautiful and really delicious! If you like strawberries, you will love the strong strawberry flavor in this moist and fluffy cake.

Cherry Dump Cake – Everyone loves a good Dump Cake recipe! This one is filled with cherry pie filling, crushed pineapples and is topped with cake mix, walnuts and butter!

Lime Sheet Cake – Perfectly moist lime cake, topped with a homemade lime buttercream frosting, and sprinkled with lime zest! Just the right balance of citrus and sweet in this yummy sheet cake. It’s easy, refreshing, and great for feeding a crowd!

Strawberries And Cream Angel Food Cake – Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake – a sweet and delicious dessert filled with a creamy layer and topped with strawberries. It’s so simple and so delicious!

Strawberry Butter Cake – Easy layered Strawberry Butter Cake whips up with only 5 minutes of prep. It’s a family favorite that can be enjoyed all year long!

Banana Pudding Poke Cake – This Banana Pudding Poke Cake has all the flavors of banana cream pie, just in cake form. With layers of banana cake, pudding, cream, bananas, and vanilla wafers, it’s sure to be a hit!

Lemon Lime Poke Cake – Lemon Lime Poke Cake is full of lime flavor, topped with creamy lemon pudding and topped with whipped cream and zest!

Easy Berry Ice Box Cake – Easy Berry Icebox Cake is simple, light and full of fresh summer berries. It’ll disappear in seconds at your next get together!

Cherry Sheet Cake – Moist Cherry Sheet Cake is topped with a homemade almond buttercream frosting. It is easy and SO delicious!!

Easy Peach Dump Cake – 3 ingredients Peach Dump Cake is quick, simple, and utterly tasty. It is warm, gooey, and perfectly peachy!!

Blueberry Dump Cake – This easy blueberry dump cake is made with only 3 ingredients! With a layer of juicy blueberry pie filling and a buttery topping, it’s perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Angel Food Cake – This easy angel food cake is a must-try. It’s tender and light as air, with the perfect amount of sweetness and perfect to enjoy all year long.

Jello Poke Cake – Cake with jello drizzles poked throughout, and topped with a smooth layer of whipped cream! This light and cool Jello Poke Cake recipe is always a crowd favorite.

Angel Food Cupcakes – Fluffy and light Angel food cupcakes are the tastiest dessert—especially with a pineapple flavored whipped topping. Perfect for showers, family dinners, or a girls night with friends!

Chiffon Cake – Chiffon cake is moist and airy-like sponge cake with delicate flavor. our version is light and is topped with a citrusy frosting with berries.

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake – This Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake is the perfect cool and refreshing dessert. Yellow cake with strawberry gelatin poked throughout, topped with a delicious whipped topping and fresh strawberries – everyone loves this strawberry poke cake!


the complete list

Here are the picture cards for all of the mouth watering Cakes With Fruit listed above.

With so many delicious, show stopping cakes to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect dessert for any occasion!

Dessert Lemon Buttermilk Cake Recipe
Lemon Cake is baked with a lemon zest and topped with a delicious lemony glaze. It is refreshing with the perfect amount of sweetness!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Pound Cake Recipe
Strawberry Pound Cake, with fresh strawberries and a beautiful white glaze, will be your perfect solution for the spring and summer dessert season.
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Lemon Bundt Cake recipe
This is the most delicious and moist Lemon Bundt Cake recipe! It is covered in a sweet lemon glaze and topped off with an amazing cream cheese frosting with lemon zest, making it irresistible.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4.60 from 5 votes
Check out this recipe
Dessert Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Pineapple upside down cake is a classic dessert that is so soft and moist, filled with the perfect amount of pineapple flavor!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.77 from 26 votes
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Dessert Coconut Cake recipe
This Coconut Cake is made from scratch, and topped with a scrumptious cream cheese frosting that is so addicting. The toasted coconut topping gives it an incredible flavor, making it a dessert to enjoy all year long!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 9 votes
Check out this recipe
This Easy Apple Cake is extra moist and filled with cinnamon and apples. Top it off with ice cream and caramel sauce for the perfect fall treat! 
Dessert Apple Cake Recipe
This Easy Apple Cake is extra moist and filled with cinnamon and apples. Top it off with ice cream and caramel sauce for the perfect fall treat! 
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe
This strawberry sheet cake is especially tasty made with fresh pureed strawberries and topped with an amazing homemade strawberry frosting!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.74 from 15 votes
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Super easy key lime cake is bursting with fresh lime flavor and topped with whipped cream. It's a delicious summer cake recipe, and if you love key lime pie - then definitely give this recipe a try. 
Dessert Key Lime Cake Recipe
Easy Key Lime Cake is bursting with fresh lime flavor & topped with whipped cream. A yummy twist on a key lime pie!
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Dessert Lime Cake Recipe
Perfectly moist lime cake, topped with a homemade lime buttercream frosting, and sprinkled with lime zest! Just the right balance of citrus and sweet in this yummy sheet cake. It’s easy, refreshing, and great for feeding a crowd!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.95 from 17 votes
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Dessert Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe
This super moist and delicious Lemon Sheet Cake recipe topped off with a tasty lemon buttercream frosting is our new favorite dessert, and it’s perfect for feeding a crowd!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.66 from 23 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Butter Cake Recipe
Easy layered Strawberry Butter Cake whips up with only 5 minutes of prep. It's a family favorite that can be enjoyed all year long!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Strawberry Cake Recipe
Sweet strawberry cake is so beautiful and really delicious! If you like strawberries, you will love the strong strawberry flavor in this moist and fluffy cake.
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Dessert Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Recipe
Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake – a sweet and delicious dessert filled with a creamy layer and topped with strawberries. It’s so simple and so delicious!
Total Time: 40 minutes
3.75 from 8 votes
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Dessert Cherry Sheet Cake Recipe
Moist Cherry Sheet Cake is topped with a homemade almond buttercream frosting. It is easy and SO delicious!!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.73 from 18 votes
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Dessert Lemon Lime Poke Cake Recipe
Lemon Lime Poke Cake is full of lime flavor, topped with creamy lemon pudding and topped with whipped cream and zest!
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Banana Pudding Poke Cake Recipe
This Banana Pudding Poke Cake has all the flavors of banana cream pie, just in cake form. With layers of banana cake, pudding, cream, bananas, and vanilla wafers, it’s sure to be a hit!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.96 from 44 votes
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Dessert Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
Everyone loves a good Dump Cake recipe! This one is filled with cherry pie filling, crushed pineapples and is topped with cake mix, walnuts and butter!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Peach Dump Cake Recipe
3 ingredients Peach Dump Cake is quick, simple, and utterly tasty. It is warm, gooey, and perfectly peachy!!
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.79 from 56 votes
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Bowl of blueberry dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Dessert Blueberry Dump Cake Recipe
This easy blueberry dump cake is made with only 3 ingredients! With a layer of juicy blueberry pie filling and a buttery topping, it's perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Easy No-Bake Berry Icebox Cake
Dessert Berry Icebox Cake Recipe
Easy Berry Icebox Cake is simple, light and full of fresh summer berries. It'll disappear in seconds at your next get together!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Chiffon Cake Recipe
Chiffon cake is moist and airy-like sponge cake with delicate flavor. our version is light and is topped with a citrusy frosting with berries.
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Angel Food Cake Recipe
This tender, light as air angel food cake is a must-try! With the perfect amount of sweetness, it's perfect to enjoy all year long.
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Jello Poke Cake Recipe
I Love Jello Poke Cake! I Went With Raspberry Here, But You Can Easily Make A Cherry Or A Strawberry Poke Cake.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.84 from 56 votes
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Dessert Angel Food Cupcake Recipe
Fluffy and light Angel food cupcakes are the tastiest dessert—especially with a pineapple flavored whipped topping.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake Recipe
This Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake is the perfect cool and refreshing dessert. Yellow cake with strawberry gelatin poked throughout, topped with a delicious whipped topping and fresh strawberries.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 24 votes
Check out this recipe

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  1. These ALL look amazing!! I can’t wait to make the Jello Poke Cake as I’ve never made a cake with Jello! I tried the Angel Food cake and it was really good! Thanks for the wonderful list and ideas 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! Glad to hear you enjoyed the Angel Food Cake. The Jello Poke Cake is a favorite over here too. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Thank you so much, we LOVED the cherry sheet cake and the strawberry cake! Can’t wait to make more!

  3. So many great tips and delicious recipes! Now that summer is almost here, I’m going to be making ALL the fruit desserts. Will definitely start with a few from this list 🙂

  4. I love the collection of cake recipes. So many varieties for any time thru out the year. Sure to please everyone!

  5. Fruity desserts are my hubby’s favorite!! We have tried many of these recipes & are excited to try more!

  6. I made strawberry poke cake over Mothers day weekend and it was a hit. I was surprised at how much i liked a chilled cake. Next up is that layered angel food cake that is calling my name.