This is such an easy-get-together cake. Perfect for a summer backyard party with a big group of friends. Most importantly, it’s really easy to put together. Not a baker? No problem. The thing is you don’t even need a cake pan to bake this cake. I bet you do have a glass casserole dish, don’t you?
The beauty of this cake, besides its simplicity, is its versatility. The base could be this chiffon cake, butter pound cake, sponge cake or even buttermilk cake. Then cover it with a layer of pillowy whipped cream. And then the fruits , which you are required to go really wild. Berries, stone fruits, cherries… Just make it as colourful and cheerful as you can, because the moment you serve the cake, you will automatically look this colourful and cheerful too. And everybody will love you.
Ingredients (one 9×13-inch cake):
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, separated, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powder sugar
1/2 cup fresh strawberry halves
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh nectarine slices
To prepare the cake, preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a bowl of a standing mixer with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add 2 tablespoon sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Scrape the meringue in another bowl. Set aside.
In the same bowl, mix flour mixture, egg yolks, oil, milk, vanilla and the remaining sugar until smooth. About 3 minutes.
Fold in half of the meringue into the batter. Then fold in the rest of the meringue into the batter until just incorporated. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to level the top.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for about 10 minutes before inverting on rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
Beat the heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread over the cooled cake, then top with the fruits.
Refrigerate until serving. If desired, sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the fruits before serving.