Summer should be full of bright colors and bold flavors, and the foods of summer are no exception. Grills come out to cook meats and veggies, and fresh fruits get incorporated into everything from drinks to dessert. Even cake and cookie mixes can get into the summer spirit, and Pillsbury‘s seasonalÂ Key Lime and Orangesicle mixes are the perfect example. They have bold colors and flavors that fit in well with the spirit of the season, but let you cut down on some of the time you have to spend in the kitchen when it comes to entertaining. To kick-start the summer, I’m hosting a summer giveaway from Pillsbury that includes over $120 of goodies that will allow you to celebrate everyday occasions even better.
The giveaway includes:
- One box of Pillsbury Funfetti Premium Cake & Cupcake Mix
- Funfetti Frostings (1 each of four new frosting flavors)
- One box each Summer Seasonal Cake & Cookie Mixes
- Frostings (1 of each of Creamy Supreme Key Lime and Creamy Supreme Orangesicle)
- $100 dollar Visa or American Express gift card
To enter the contest, just leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite summertime treat to bake is. The winner of the contest will be chosen at random, so those who love to bake fudgy brownies to take to weekend picnics will have just as much chance of winning as those who serve up simple strawberry shortcakes! The contest ends at midnight Sunday, May 26th and one winner will be randomly selected from the entries at that time. Donâ€™t forget to fill in your e-mail on the comment form (it will not be made public), as that is how I will contact the winner, and good luck to everyone!
And if you need some inspiration when it comes to putting those mixes to good use, try my Orangesicle Magic Bars
Or my festive Funfetti Ice Cream Cone Tuiles, which you’d never believe were made with cake mix.
Update: Comments are now closed. The winner will be announced shortly!
HeatherMay 22, 2013
I try not to bake a whole lot in the summer, as it warms up my apartment too much :), but I do like to make cobblers and chocolate chip cookies! I also play around with fun baking chips in oatmeal muffins, like cinnamon!
JuneMay 22, 2013
My favorite summer treat to bake is an olive oil cake from an old recipe. Love paring it with fresh strawberries or peaches, just screams summer to me.
I picked up the orangesickle frosting just a few days ago but haven’t tried it yet, hope it’s great!
CarlaMay 22, 2013
I love to make strawberry shortcake in the summer.
MaggieMay 22, 2013
My favorite summertime treat to bake is rice krispy treats – not that you really bake them, but that’s the point – as little time spent with the oven on as possible, and they are SO yummy.
LaurenMay 22, 2013
I like to bake muffins with fresh berries in them.
Tracey MillerMay 22, 2013
French almond cake with berries and cream. It screams summer.
Eva @ Eva BakesMay 22, 2013
Blueberry muffins. I love the bright hues of the freshly picked berries!
KatieMay 22, 2013
I love making fresh berry pies. Their season is so short, so it’s a special summer treat!
ladywildMay 22, 2013
Strawberry Rhubarb pie
Neonmoon10May 22, 2013
Angel food cake. Served with fresh fruit.
TaraMay 22, 2013
I make Dessert for Dear Friends, which is an ice cream layer dessert with an oreo crust, ice cream layer, chocolate fudge layer, and whipped cream on top.
MaureenMay 22, 2013
Because I get so many requests for it what I make a lot of during the summer and spring are Lemon Squares. In Fact we made some lat night.
JenniferMay 22, 2013
I love making strawberry shortcake with the fresh picked strawberries!
JEMMay 22, 2013
I love to make Creamsicle cupcakes! Sweet and moist with a tangy, tart Orange butter cream.
Lauren CMay 22, 2013
KatherineMay 22, 2013
When the rhubarb starts coming in, I love to make rhubarb quick bread. It’s so tasty. Also, fruit pies! Blueberry especially.
TommyMay 22, 2013
I love to make strawberry cream cheese tarts
Harmony BMay 22, 2013
I like to make strawberry shortcake
JoAnn C.May 22, 2013
Grilled pineapple over grilled pound cake. Vanilla ice cream optional.
melissaMay 22, 2013
My favorite summer treat key lime pie!:)
Kristi SMay 22, 2013
I love chocolate chip cookies, apple pies, angel food cake (with strawberries). My kids usually request to help make a sheetcake decorated like a flag (with strawberries and blueberries for the stars and stripes). And I guess homemade ice cream isn’t exactly baking, but it is tasty and fun to cook!
ColletteMay 22, 2013
Besides cookies, which of course are a year round treat, I like to bake a one layer buttermilk cake with whatever fruit is fresh. So delicious and I convince myself it’s healthy since there’s no frosting! And there’s fruit!
ReginaMay 22, 2013
Last summer, my husband ate so many homemade lemon squares, he turned into a lemon square. True story.
ToreyMay 22, 2013
Anything lemon – lemon bars, ice box pie, cake. Yum!
KellieMay 22, 2013
Theresa ZMay 22, 2013
Strawberry Ice Cream Pie.
VivianMay 22, 2013
Refreshing lemon bars!
KatieMay 22, 2013
EileenMay 22, 2013
I love making a faux fried ice cream.
Mami2jcnMay 22, 2013
BethDMay 22, 2013
This really easy layered cake with vanilla wafers, cool whip, vanilla pudding, and strawberries.
KelleyMay 22, 2013
Anything lemon – mostly lemon cake with chocolate frosting! Yum!
beccaleccaMay 22, 2013
Chocolate chip cookies, for sure. Though my hubby likes oatmeal raspberry bars in the summertime, I’m a chocolate lover.
SarahMay 22, 2013
I loooove making ice cream! It’s so good and you have so much fresh fruit available to top it with:)
HannahMay 22, 2013
Rice krispie treats! Can’t be heating up the oven too much when it’s 110 outside!
Heather BMay 22, 2013
homemade ice cream yummm! 🙂
Sarah H.P.May 22, 2013
I love baking brownies in the summertime!
Katie MMay 22, 2013
No bake cheesecake is my go to summer dessert!
Brenda GMay 22, 2013
Actually my favorite summer treat is from 1980 a Jello recipe for Strawberry pie no real baking just putting together so light and refreshing but sometimes I need cake so crank up the AC and make a Lemon Cake… very hot in TX so baking is in short demand
AshleyMay 22, 2013
Jello cake! We love them around here.
KatMay 22, 2013
Home made ice cream!
ShariMay 22, 2013
My favorite summer treat is a cold beverage… blend vanilla ice cream, cranberry juice and orange juice, and you have what we call a Pink Lassie! It’s delicious and very refreshing when it’s hot out.
chelsaMay 22, 2013
homemade cardamom ginger ice cream.
mrsblockoMay 22, 2013
graceMay 22, 2013
summer ain’t summer without strawberry shortcake!
Lynn PMay 22, 2013
Marshmallow brownies are my go-to year round.
SchmidtyMay 22, 2013
Key lime cheesecake.
CaitlinMay 22, 2013
My favorite summertime treat to make are berry cobblers!
Erin @ The Spiffy CookieMay 22, 2013
Shortcakes are my favorite summer dessert to make
WendyMay 22, 2013