Cherry Bars

Simply Recipes / Hannah Zimmerman

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Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of June

Summer is officially here, yet your ovens stayed on.

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.

Slice of One-Bowl Double-Layer Chocolate Cake on a Small Plate with a Maraschino Cherry

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

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.

Bowl of Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for One-Bowl Double-Layer Chocolate Cake Recipe

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

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.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies on a Cooling Rack With Some Cut in Half, and in the Surroundings, a Bowl of Whole Strawberries and a Plate With More Cookies, All on a Pink Table Napkin

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

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.

Two Cherry Pie Bars Stacked Together Next to Another Bar, All on a Tray, and in the Surroundings, a Bowl of Cherries and a Bowl of Icing

Simply Recipes / Hannah Zimmerman

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.

Orange Cream Popsicles on an Orange Plate Sitting on a Blue Table Napkin

Simply Recipes / Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

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.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake Topped With Halved Strawberries on a Cake Stand, and on the Counter Next to It, a Plate With a Slice of Cake, a Bowl of Strawberries, and a Kitchen Towel

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

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.

Smashed Tomato Pasta on a Serving Platter Next to a Block of Parmesan on a Plate

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

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.

Vanilla Custard in Glass Pudding Jars Surrounded by Berries and Spoons

Mark Beahm / Simply Recipes

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..

A slice of Olive Oil Yogurt Cake on a plate with the rest of the loaf next to it.
Lori Rice

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.

Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Salmon topped with herbs and set on foil.
Kalisa Martin

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.