One thing that’s wildly clear after scanning the rundown of our 10 most well-loved recipes this month: You were all very eager to bake! Between the end of the school year, Father’s Day, and the much-anticipated arrival of summer, it’s easy to understand why. There’s no shortage of excuses to bake something sweet to celebrate. Not to mention seasonal fruits like cherries and strawberries are finally in abundance. I, too, have been carting home as many containers of juicy berries as I can to bake into pies, tarts, and beyond.
Cakes, along with picnic and potluck-friendly bars and cookies, were the recipes our readers clicked on most this month. It wasn’t all sweets, though. A simple summery pasta and foolproof salmon also made the list.
1. One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
Coffee is the secret ingredient in this cake. It won’t make it taste like coffee, but rather it helps bolster the chocolate flavor and give this cake an even richer flavor. This recipe is also surprisingly egg-free—and trust us, you won’t miss it.
2. Easy Chocolate Buttercream
Though this buttercream is a natural pairing for the above chocolate cake, don’t limit its usage to just that! It’s magic on Vanilla Bean Cupcakes, piped onto Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, or even swiped onto Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies.
3. Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies
Hidden inside these fresh strawberry-flecked cookies is a surprisingly sweet, tangy, and ultra-creamy cheesecake center. It’s a fun trick that makes this treat even more playful and appealing.
4. Cherry Pie Bars
The best part about this handheld take on cherry pie is how forgiving it is. Use sweet or tart cherries, fresh or frozen, or even swap in store-bought pie filling. The drizzle of icing is optional but lends extra appeal to every square.
5. Orange Cream Popsicles
You need just four ingredients to make these retro popsicles: orange juice concentrate, sugar, plain yogurt, and milk. Just be sure to use whole milk yogurt—Greek or regular—rather than nonfat for the creamiest, best-tasting popsicles.
6. Strawberry Shortcake
This show-stopping dessert takes all the best elements of strawberry shortcake and layers them to create a cake that’s fit for your whole crowd. Once strawberry season passes, don’t miss trying this recipe with other berries or stone fruit like blackberries, cherries, and peaches.
7. Smashed Tomato Pasta
Welcome the arrival of summer tomatoes with this simple and satisfying pasta. Roasting draws out the natural sweetness of Roma tomatoes turning them into a caramelized, jammy sauce that’s fit for the season.
8. Vanilla Custard
Enjoy this sweet custard as a pudding or use it in an endless number of other desserts. Dollop it on sliced pound cake or fresh fruit, or use it in place of ice cream on top of your favorite cobbler recipe..
9. Yogurt Cake
This tender cake is the ultimate pantry recipe. It’s also something that’s well worth enjoying any time of day, be it toasted with your morning (or afternoon) coffee or served piled with whipped cream and berries for dessert.
10. Easy Baked Salmon
Baking salmon in a foil packet is a surefire way to keep it from drying out. This recipe calls for pouring a honey-lemon butter sauce infused with garlic over the fish before cooking and finishing it off with chopped herbs for added brightness.