Fresh Berry Layer Cake

It is almost the Fourth of July, which has long been one of my favorite holidays! The fourth is the ultimate summer party and a perfect day to enjoy the weather, eat good food and relax. My family usually babeques a lot of food so I like to keep the dessert light. This naked cake combines fresh berries, raspberry jam and whipped cream giving it a festive red, white and blue look.

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Cake Recipe

  • 1  1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • (3) 8-inch cake pans buttered and bottoms lined with parchment parchment pape r (Parchment paper is critical for getting the cake out without breaking!)

In an stand mixer beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to butter mixture then add half the milk mixture. Continue to alternate beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape bowl and beater often.Pour batter into prepared pans and smooth top with spatula. 

Bake cakes at 350 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center is clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan, peel off parchment paper and cool on rack for thirty minutes. 

Whipped Cream Recipe

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract

Once cakes are removed from the pan and completely cooled, carefully slice off the top of the cake making them even. Smear raspberry jam all over the top of layer working it to the edge with a cake spatula, repeat step with whipped cream. Cover with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries carefully pushing them into the cake.

Repeat these steps with the remaining two layers of the cake and on the top layer arrange berries in a pile. Add some whipped cream to the cake spatula and gently work around the edges, leaving most of the cake showing.


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