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Easy to Make Summer Cake

Updated on August 31, 2014

A truly simple, delicious cake.

This recipe is so simple and quick. You can throw it together for a last minute get together or if you should have surprise company. There is very little that can go wrong and it is easy to improvise.

The beauty of this cake lies not only in its simplicity but in the way the flavors and textures mix to make it like...yes, I'll say it....a party in your mouth! The dough is light and crispy, yet also moist and chewy. The fruit is not cooked long enough to be too soft, yet just enough for the juices to slightly soak into the dough. The flavors are clear and fresh, while still melting in your mouth!

The recipe has been passed down from generation to generation.

My mother wasn't a great chef. She also didn't do much baking to my knowledge. Maybe it was because she grew up during World War II and the resulting depression, not too mention a restricted, kosher diet, but my mom truly embraced the invention of packaged foods. She thought they were the greatest. In fact, I would venture to say that she thought they were the next best thing to sliced bread! Truly, I believe that she really enjoyed them because they allowed her to spend more time doing the things she loved, including being a full time, involved, hands on parent. She was a Girl Scout Leader, in the PTA and volunteered in our classrooms. Her role in the bake sales was to organize and man them. I'm not certain what or if she produced as her baked offering! Still, every now and then, mom would find a recipe that she enjoyed makiing and we enjoyed eating. The following recipe is a variation of one of those recipes. It is still using some packaged foods but allows a certain amount of individuality.

So pretty!

Almost ready to bake!  I found the prettiest red plums!
Almost ready to bake! I found the prettiest red plums! | Source

"So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being."

~Franz Kafka

Colorful Summer Fruit!

Fruit, fabulous fruit!
Fruit, fabulous fruit! | Source

Would you try this cake?

5 stars from 5 ratings of Summer Fruit Cake

The Original Plum Cake.

The cake that inspired this recipe was fairly similar. My mother would press refrigerator crescent rolls into a greased pan. She would then put a light layer of margarine on it. She put a teaspoon of jelly every two inches, then placed a half of a pitted plum (open side face up.) She may or may not have sprinkled some sugar on top, but it came out of the oven warm, gooey and very sweet. If my dad was home, we would add ice cream or whipped cream or both! It was a simple yet decadent dessert. It is one of those recipes that brings back happy, loving memories. Yet, it was one of those recipes I forgot about....until....we started the search for vegan friendly desserts. It is one of those recipes that we were able to substitute and actually make better.Please read on to see how to make our yummy variation.

Only four simple ingredients in this delicious cake.

Almost everything you need to make this cake.
Almost everything you need to make this cake. | Source
Now you have everything you need!
Now you have everything you need! | Source
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 6-10
  • 1 package refrigerator crescent rolls
  • 2 cups assorted fruits
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • vegetable oil or spray, to grease pan
  1. Grease a 10x13in baking pan.
  2. Press crescent rolls into pan. Bring edges together without overlapping. Put the remainder crescent roll in fridge to keep chilled during the next step.
  3. Clean and cut up your fruit. Put in a small mixing bowl and mix in the sugar.
  4. Pour the fruit evenly around the dough, leaving the edges fruit free.
  5. Take the remainder of the dough and either cut into shapes or thin strips to serve as the top of the cake.
  6. Place on the middle rack of a 375 degree oven for fifteen minutes.
A little browned around the edges but still delicious!
A little browned around the edges but still delicious! | Source



"Food is our common ground, a universal experience."

~James Beard



Nutrition Facts
Calories 174
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Carbohydrates 24 g8%
Sugar 20 g
Protein 2 g4%
Sodium 294 mg12%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

What prepared foods bring us.

In researching the nutritional value of this recipe, it reminded me of a couple of things:

  1. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables, does not guarantee a pure healthy dish. but...
  2. Adding fruits and veggies does certainly help keep a dish healthy.
  3. Most pre-packed, prepared products are fairly high in sodium
  4. Portion control DOES matter.
  5. Try to make as much from "scratch" as possible to maintain control over what goes into you body.

Pop Chef Fruit Cutter can also cut dough shapes.

In my previous hub, I introduced the As Seen On Tv Pop Chef fruit cutter. I have been really pleased with mine. It was my daughter's idea to use it to cut dough shapes for the top of our cake. We didn't let our dough chill enough so some of our shapes became a little "melty". I would recommend that you set aside the portion of dough you plan to use to decorate. This can stay in the fridge while you finish everything else. You will probably have more success than we did!

Step-by-step instructions for Summer Fruit cake.

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Mix the cut up fruit with the sugar.Crescent rolls pressed into greased  pan.Pour the fruit on top of the dough, then press it down slightly with the back of a spoon.Add the dough shapes to the top. If you don't have a fruit cutter, you can just use dough strips and kriss kross them over the top.The finished cake! It only takes fifteen minutes to bake.
Mix the cut up fruit with the sugar.
Mix the cut up fruit with the sugar. | Source
Crescent rolls pressed into greased  pan.
Crescent rolls pressed into greased pan. | Source
Pour the fruit on top of the dough, then press it down slightly with the back of a spoon.
Pour the fruit on top of the dough, then press it down slightly with the back of a spoon. | Source
Add the dough shapes to the top. If you don't have a fruit cutter, you can just use dough strips and kriss kross them over the top.
Add the dough shapes to the top. If you don't have a fruit cutter, you can just use dough strips and kriss kross them over the top. | Source
The finished cake! It only takes fifteen minutes to bake.
The finished cake! It only takes fifteen minutes to bake. | Source

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      Randi Benlulu 5 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, BodyLevive! It is a refreshing change!

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 months ago from Alabama, USA

      Great job! I love fruits.

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      Randi Benlulu 8 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      You are welcome, Martie! It is good and the beauty of it is you can use any fruit you want....even canned! Enjoy!

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      Martie Coetser 8 months ago from South Africa

      This looks absolutely delicious! A must try! Thanks for sharing, btrbell :)

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      Patricia Scott 13 months ago from sunny Florida

      I am back again...this is just what will work so very nicely for our Sunday breakfast at church. Easy and delicious....what's not to love about this?

      Angels are once again on the way to you pinned

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      Randi Benlulu 23 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Rebecca! When it comes to baking, I'm all about easy!

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      Randi Benlulu 23 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Patricia! It is yummy. I went to make it the other day and didn't have enough fruit :(

      I hope it was a hit for you with your church group!

      We are all good here, keeping busy. I hope you all are as well. XO

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      Randi Benlulu 23 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, sujaya!

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      Rebecca Mealey 24 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I'll be darned. That looks great. And so simple!

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      Patricia Scott 24 months ago from sunny Florida

      O Randi this looks so tasty. We are having a meal at church this Wednesday for our monthly discussion group. This will be a hit!!!

      Hoping all is good with you and yours.

      Angels and blessings are on the way ps

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      mouthwatering Btr

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, torrilynn! I hope you enjoy it! Nice to see you here!

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      sounds very delicious and it looks delicious as well. great recipe and hub. voted up. best of wishes.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Vespawolf, thank you so much fir visiting and commenting. Yes, you could use any dough that you enjoy. With this, I'd recommend a pie crust because the fruits hi well with the flakey crust!

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      My grandmother also loves packaged foods. I suppose it was the popular thing in past generations. I´m glad it´s been a trend in recent years to return to our roots and "from scratch" cooking. Still, this recipe sounds delicious with all the fresh fruits. We don´t have many convenience foods available here in Peru, but it would be easy to adapt this by making a cobbler-type pastry. Thank you for sharing.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you dillpchandra! It really is simple! Thank you!

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      Simple that looks, but, i wish someone makes it for me.. lol... Good one friend :)

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Dde! I appreciate your visit!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Simple indeed and the fruit look so refreshing.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Audrey! It was really funny. I am going to make another one today!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I love this kind of stuff, especially in summer--flourish is right--a party in your mouth!!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, FlourishAnyway! I think we'll try it again this weekend. It just made everyone happy!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      It does sound like a party in your mouth! Thanks for sharing this!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It was yummy, Abby and I think you could make it a good year round cake by using seasonal fruits!

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      Abby Campbell 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Mmm... definitely looks summier and yummy! :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, DealForALiving!

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      This summer cake is a beauty and it sounds delicious!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Frank! So appreciate your support and votes! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Homeplace Series! Welcome to my hubpage!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Faith! The older I get the more I appreciate that less is more. It is a simple recipe that looks like a more complicated one! Thank you so much for you, as always, generous compliments and your support! I hope all is well in your corner of the world!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      btrbell this does look easy to make and seasonly delicious gave you 5 stars :)

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Mel! Nice to see you. Thank you so much for the comments. It truly is scrumptious. I can't make it to often because I eat too much of it!

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Yum! Yum! Thanks, so much, for sharing!! ;-)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      My favorite kind of recipe ... easy and delicious! When I see a recipe the first thing I check is how many ingredients it will take to make it and then the photo, and both are winners here.

      Blessings always

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Looks like a lovely and scrumptious dish, and you have skillfully presented it.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Amanda! It was yummy! Nice to see you here!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aww, thank you, Cris! I can always count on you sweetness!

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      Amanda 2 years ago from Camas, WA

      Yummy! This looks amazing!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      4 simple ingredients plus some creativity from Randi = splendid!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Mike! And my mom thanks you, too!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aww, Bill! That means a lot to me. Thank you! You have a wonderful Labor Day, as well

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      That looks like quite a dessert. Thanks for handing down your Mom's recipe. Now, I am hungry.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Of course, I was looking at the way you wrote it instead of the recipe, and you got an A+ on this one. Loved the introduction. :) Have a wonderful Labor Day my friend.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! Honestly, the 3 of us (and 1 is quite pint-sized!) finished it off in 2 sittings! I appreciate the vote and share!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Who doesn't like crescent roll and with fruit; yum, that has to be a winner. Looks healthy to me! lol I bet whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream could really top it off too. Thank you for sharing; I know this is going to be a favorite this winter! Up and sharing.