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Berry Chantilly Cake

May/June 2014

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In this beautiful and simple Chantilly cake recipe, fresh berries are layered with whipped cream and delicate sponge cake for a special sweet that’s as well suited for a bridal shower as it is for a birthday or graduation party or other special occasion. Fill and top with any combination of fresh berries.


Berry Chantilly Cake Recipe

Makes: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

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Equipment: Two 9-inch round cake pans, parchment paper

Ingredients

Sponge Cake

  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pans
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature (see Tip)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Berries & Frosting

  • 4 cups mixed fresh berries
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 1/4 cups nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar for garnish

Preparation

  1. To prepare cake layers: Butter the bottom and sides of two 9-inch round cake pans; line the bottoms with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine milk and 4 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until the butter is just melted. Set the pan aside.
  3. Stir flour and baking powder together, then sift onto a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl by hand to combine, then whisk in salt. Whisk in sugar in a stream, then whisk in vanilla. Then, using a hand-held electric mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the mixture on medium-high speed until lighter in color and very light and fluffy in texture, about 3 minutes in a stand mixer or 5 minutes with a hand mixer.
  5. Gently whisk in the warm milk mixture by hand. Add the flour mixture in 4 additions, lifting the parchment paper to help you sprinkle it in. Use the whisk as you would a rubber spatula to fold the flour into the liquid, gently whisking to incorporate each time. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and smooth the tops.
  6. Bake in the center of the oven until golden and firm when touched in the center, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pans on a wire racks for 10 minutes.
  7. Run a sharp paring knife around the layers to loosen, then invert the pans onto the racks. Immediately turn the layers over so they cool with the paper on the bottom. Let cool completely.
  8. To frost and decorate cake: Wash berries and thoroughly pat dry. Halve any large berries. Gently combine in a bowl.
  9. Whip cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until starting to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla extract (or paste) and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in yogurt.
  10. Place one cake layer on a platter and spread 1 cup of the cream mixture on top. Spread half the berries over the cream, to within 1/2 inch of the edge. Top with the second cake layer.
  11. Using an offset spatula, fill the gap between the two layers with cream mixture so the sides are flush. Spread the top and sides of the cake with the remaining cream mixture. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and around the sides. Spoon the remaining berries on the top, mounding them slightly in the center. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving, if desired.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Wrap cooled sponge cake layers airtight and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature. Frost cake up to 2 hours ahead. Top with berries before serving.
  • To bring eggs to room temperature, either set them out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge them (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes; the eggs will beat to a greater volume.

Nutrition

Per serving: 337 calories; 17 g fat (10 g sat, 5 g mono); 99 mg cholesterol; 41 g carbohydrates; 19 g added sugars; 25 g total sugars; 7 g protein; 2 g fiber; 172 mg sodium; 165 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (25% daily value)

Carbohydrate Servings: 3


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Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Meal/Course
Dessert
Season
Spring
Summer
Holiday
July 4th
Type of Dish
Desserts, cakes
Ethnic/Regional
American
Health & Diet Considerations
Low sodium
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
30 minutes or less
Servings
8 or more
Publication
May/June 2014
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