How to make strawberry cloud cake

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My little baby girl is almost six months old.  I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone since she was first born.  We had a family celebration the other day so I made a cake in her honour, even though she doesn’t actually eat cake yet, just mashed vegetables.  This cake is called a strawberry cloud cake and the recipe comes from New Zealand cook Annabel Langebin.  Langebin is huge in New Zealand even though most people haven’t heard of her outside her home country.  She’s sort of like a female version of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, living an idyllic life on a picturesque farm where she harvests her own produce and creates beautiful food.  Whether you buy into all that or not, this cake is a winner.

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It’s a fun cake to make with a little bit of magic happening as you whip the egg whites and strawberries together.  They become all light and fluffy, almost like a cloud (hence the name!).  

Making the base
Making the base

The Strawberry Cloud Cake is perfect for Summer as it makes the most of in season berries and you can beat the heat by serving it icy cold straight from the freezer.   Oh and it’s perfectly pink if you are celebrating a baby girl.   

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Mixing the strawberries and egg whites together
Strawberry Cloud Cake
A magical cake for Summer
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
2105 calories
293 g
217 g
103 g
17 g
65 g
932 g
542 g
239 g
3 g
31 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
932g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2105
Calories from Fat 905
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 103g
159%
Saturated Fat 65g
324%
Trans Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 217mg
72%
Sodium 542mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates 293g
98%
Dietary Fiber 25g
100%
Sugars 239g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
53%
Vitamin C
339%
Calcium
28%
Iron
28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 50g plain sweet biscuits
  2. ½ cup desiccated coconut
  3. 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  4. 100g butter, melted
Filling
  1. 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 250g (1 punnet) ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced
  4. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 200g fresh raspberries
Instructions
  1. 1. Line the base of a 26-28cm spring form cake tin with baking paper or waxed paper. This makes it easy to lift the cake out later.
  2. 2. Make the base by putting the biscuits in a brown paper bag and crushing them into crumbs by beating carefully with a rolling pin. Pour the crumbs into a medium bowl and add the coconut, cinnamon and melted butter. Stir well to combine.
  3. 3. Press firmly into the base of the prepared tin. It doesn’t need to be a thick layer – just enough to cover the bottom of the tin. Refrigerate the base while you prepare the filling.
  4. 4. Place egg whites, sugar, sliced strawberries, lemon juice and vanilla in the clean, dry bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on high speed for about 6-8 minutes until the mixture is very thick and fluffy and the sugar has dissolved. To test whether it is ready, rub a bit of the mixture between your fingers. You should not feel any gritty sugar. If you do, beat a little longer.
  5. 5. Spoon the filling over the chilled base, smooth the top, cover with a sheet of baking paper and freeze for at least 4 hours. The cake will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month.
  6. 6. To serve, cut cake into wedges using a knife that has been warmed in hot water. Garnish with fresh raspberries on top .
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calories
2105
fat
103g
protein
17g
carbs
293g
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4 comments

  1. Hi there, this looks great. What kind of sugar do you recommend?

    1. Hi Louise – I used caster sugar.

  2. I love the sound of a strawberry cloud cake! Love that it uses so many fresh berries in it too!

  3. Time flies when children are growing… such a gorgeous cake, I am sure she will be digging into to your baking in no time!

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