Pride is a month of celebration, and for bakers, that means hitting the kitchen. We’ve asked employee-owners and friends of King Arthur for the recipes they recommend making this Pride month, including show-stopping cakes, joyful whoopie pies, and nostalgic butter cake bars.
1) Sourdough English Muffins
Wren Dullahan, Bakery Flour Sales Associate: My partner and I first upgraded from being friends to life partners during the pandemic. She, like many across the country, made a sourdough starter to while away the quarantine time. That sourdough starter, like our relationship, has lasted for three years and is still going strong. My absolute favorite thing she makes with it is King Arthur’s Sourdough English Muffins. Nothing says a beautiful Saturday morning to me like the smell of these English muffins wafting through the cottage I share with her. They are best piping hot with black currant jam or marmalade and shared with someone you love.
Get the recipe: Sourdough English Muffins
2) Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberries
Ben Rapson, Social Media Marketing Manager: This is my go-to birthday cake for any chocolate lovers in my life. Pride month, of course, is all about community, and I’ve found the best way to foster moments of connection with my friends — including my queer and trans friends — is by gathering around a show-stopping cake, especially if it’s homemade with love.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberries
3) Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Bars
David Tamarkin, Editorial Director: I’ll never have the patience to make a rainbow cake, but I’ll throw sprinkles on anything I can. And during Pride, I really let the sprinkles fly, because it’s a month of leaning into the pure joy of being queer — and what symbolizes unadulterated joy better than colorful sprinkles? I especially love the way they pop on these nostalgic Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Bars.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Bars
4) Gooey Vanilla Butter Cake Bars
Frank Tegethoff, Research and Development Specialist: Having grown up in St. Louis, I love Molly Marzalek-Kelly’s re-invention of a childhood favorite. These bars are portable, finger-friendly, and perfect at any meal: breakfast, brunch, lunch, after-parade snack, evening BBQ, or movie night treat.
Get the recipe: Gooey Vanilla Butter Cake Bars
5) Classic Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Jordan Kilby, Director of Digital Marketing and Customer Data: Who doesn’t love a good whoopie pie? Growing up in New England, these were a staple. They are quick, easy, and really just a joy to eat, which helps me embrace what this month is all about.
Get the recipe: Classic Chocolate Whoopie Pies
6) Golden Vanilla Cake with Italian Buttercream
Martina Fleurrey, Customer Support Team Lead: As an ally and the resident cake baker for all my friends and family, I love the versatility and simplicity of a delicious vanilla cake. The Golden Vanilla Cake has long been a staple in my house and takes on colors well. In the past, I’ve added food coloring to the cake batter to make rainbow layers. This adds a pop of color under a beautiful silky-smooth batch of Italian Buttercream. Adorn with some fancy sprinkles and you will have a showstopper for sure.
7) Scallion Buns
Frankie Gaw, contributor and cookbook author: As a kid, I stuffed my face with my grandma’s pillowy steamed scallion buns in the comfort of our Midwestern kitchen, but never anywhere else. It was the kind of dish that felt “foreign” and therefore not worthy in the presence of my friends or in the context of what I saw as American food. Cooking these scallion buns proudly is an acknowledgment of all the parts of my identity that I’ve kept hidden in the past. From being Asian to being proudly queer, loving my food has been the bridge that allowed me to love myself.
Get the recipe: Scallion Buns
8) Tomato Pie with Parmesan and Basil
Jessica Battilana, Staff Editor: Generosity is on my mind every Pride month — specifically, generosity of spirit. When we actively work to know, understand, and relate to people whose lived experiences are different from our own, generosity of spirit becomes an almost radical act, one that allows us to make room at the table for everyone. And on my table this summer will be Tomato Pie. Here, a rainbow assortment of tomatoes is showcased in a savory pie with a custard that includes mayonnaise, buttermilk, and Parmesan cheese.
Get the recipe: Tomato Pie with Parmesan and Basil
9) Streusely Lemon Coffee Cake
Molly, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager: My partner and I love all things lemon — there is nothing better than a cozy Sunday morning together, with a cup of tea and a slice of lemon streusel coffee cake. And what better way to celebrate than with cake for breakfast?
Get the recipe: Streusely Lemon Coffee Cake
10) Earl Grey Cake with Fresh Raspberry Whipped Cream
Nima Etemadi, contributor and co-founder of Cake Life Bake Shop: Baking naturally overlaps with the queer experience; it is an authentic, creative expression with the power to build and heal our community. When we bake, we share our knowledge, joy, and history; our hands and hearts mix ingredients and inspirations to express our lives, stories, and ancestries. Baking creates a special and unique space for queer expression, one that is informed by infinite layers of hardships, triumphs, pain, love, and pride. When we bake, we invite our community to the table to share, taste, and heal — with cake.
Get the recipe: Earl Grey Cake with Fresh Raspberry Whipped Cream
See more recipes for this month in our collection of summer cookout recipes.
Cover photo by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne.