Aoife Noonan’s summer bank-holiday baking: Three fruit-filled cakes

With summer comes the chance to use seasonal soft fruits in this trio of stunning cakes

Turn an ordinary sponge into something really special with a little fruit.

Turn an ordinary sponge into something really special with a little fruit.

Nectarines are my absolute favourite fruit. You can use peaches here too, either way, the fruit adds a beautiful taste of summer to this simple sponge cake. The sponge is a straightforward one but it is then spiked with lemon and brushed with elderflower syrup to enhance those fruity flavours. I am sandwiching it together with a sweet cream perfumed with rosewater, a simple and understated filling to bring all the flavours together.

The raspberry Eton mess cheesecake recipe is a combination of two of my favourite desserts. The base, a beautiful velvety baked vanilla cheesecake studded with raspberries, is piled high with a mound of softly whipped cream, crisp and chewy meringues, and drizzled with a sharp raspberry sauce.

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