Summer Fruit Cake

Summer Fruit Cake

This was a bit of an experiment. I liked the Apricot Almond Cake so much I wanted to see what it would be like using yoghurt rather than just butter in the batter. I do like this batter and I did the like the cake. But the cherries were what tasted really good with this batter. Every bite with a cherry was gorgeous. Whereas the rest of the fruit didn’t really sing out. So in future I think I might just use this cake mix for a cherry cake. So if you know someone who isn’t crazy about citrus – that’s a thing – this would be a good alternative to the lemon cherry cake.

Ingredients for Summer Fruit Cake
A selection of fresh fruit, eggs, unsweetened natural yoghurt, melted butter, ground almonds, caster sugar, vanilla bean paste and some sunflower oil for greasing the tin.

Summer Fruit Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Makes 9" cake


  • 150g natural yoghurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 nectarine, slices with stone discarded
  • 10 - 15 cherries, halved with pit discarded
  • 5 - 10 strawberries, topped and sliced
  • 5 - 10 raspberries
  • blueberries
  • icing sugar for decoration


  1. Turn the oven on to 160 C. Grease a 9" cake tin and line the bottom with baking paper.
  2. In a bowl beat together the yoghurt, eggs, melted butter, sugar and vanilla bean paste. When this is well combine mix in the ground almonds.
  3. Add the fruit to the bottom of the cake tin. Add the batter on top. There isn't much batter so you will have to spread it around careful to ensure all the fruit is covered. Bake in the oven for 60 minutes.
  4. When it's done, take out and leave to cool. Turn out on a plate when cool and sieve over some icing sugar for decoration.

Fruit sliced and placed in lined cake tin.
Cake out of the oven
Take cake out of the oven and leave to cool.
Cake ready to bake
This cake does not have that much batter so spread it out so that it covers everything.
I do like the batter in this cake. But I think I would have preferred it if I stuck to one type of fruit. The cherries tasted the best in the batter.
Turn the cake out on plate
Turn the cake out on plate. Dust with icing sugar for decoration. – You will need to leave it cool completely to see the icing sugar.