Here are some tips:
If you do need to bake; get it done first thing in the morning before the heat of the day begins. If you have a window in your kitchen; keep the blinds and windows closed (it keeps the cool in and the heat out while baking).
Humidity can wreak havoc on baking; so if it’s humid outside, turn on the AC or use a floor fan in your kitchen to keep the humidity at its lowest point.
If it is hot in your kitchen; it takes less time for fridge items to come to room temperature. The average time to take something out of the fridge and bring it to room temperature is 30 minutes, so you may need to knock 10-15 minutes off. You will be able to tell by touching the items; if they are no longer cold, but not warm…you are there!
Keep your summer desserts light and refreshing. Overloading desserts with chocolate or heavy flavors can make you feel bloated and raise your body temperature. If you are serving cake; by all means, don’t forget the ice cream. Citrus and fruit flavors give a revitalizing sense to the body.