Luscious and Light. Strawberry Cloud Cake with Raspberries

This dreamy cake comes to me from across the ditch; that’s New Zealand for any non Australian readers, via my  Auntie Alex in Melbourne. She has been making Strawberry Cloud Cake for years. It’s an Annabel Langbein recipe from her cookbook, The Free Range Cook, and one of  my Auntie’s favourite desserts. Deservedly so.

Thanks for sharing Alex! I made it for the very first time yesterday and was astounded. It worked! The very first time. The hallmark of a great recipe. You warned me that the recipe was a bit different and to just bear with it and keep beating the filling until it eventually comes together.  I took your word for it and that is exactly what I did. Although I must admit my first reaction was “Who tips egg whites  hulled strawberries and sugar into a bowl together and just beats?”

The result? A fluffy, airy cloud bursting with fruit. Looks like a cheesecake but there is no dairy.  Freezes like an ice cream, but it has a soft mousse like texture. It’s a wonderful dessert that is deceptively simple to make, fifteen minutes preparation time in three simple steps:

  1. Prepare the base.  A crumb base of crushed biscuits ( I used Scotch Finger), a bit of coconut, cinnamon and butter.
  2. Prepare the filling.  After about eight minutes the filling truly does come together!
  3. Assemble and freeze for a minimum of four hours (overnight is best). Add raspberries just before serving. This photo is looking a bit melty but only because I misplaced my camera. And there was no way my children were going to wait for me to put it back in the freezer to firm up. This cake looked way too inviting.

The cake will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month. With strawberries in season I think I might make a few batches of this cake and keep them in the freezer for a quick mid week dessert fix.

Strawberry Cloud Cake with Raspberries
Prep time: 15 mins
Freezer time: 4 hours
Serves: 10-12

Crumb Base
150g plain sweet biscuits
½ cup desiccated coconut
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
100g butter, melted

2 egg whites, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
250g (1 punnet) ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

To Garnish
1 punnet raspberries

To Make the Crumb Base

LINE the base of a 26-28 cm spring-form cake tin with baking paper. This makes it easy to lift the cake out later.
PUT biscuits in a brown paper bag and crush 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.
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.

To Make the Filling

PLACE egg whites, sugar, sliced strawberries, lemon juice and vanilla in the clean, dry bowl of an electric mixer.
BEAT on high 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.
SPOON the filling over the chilled base, smooth the top, cover with a sheet of baking paper and freeze for at least 4 hours.

To Serve

REMOVE cake from tin.
GARNISH  with fresh raspberries on top.
CUT cake into wedges using a knife that has been warmed in hot water.

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3 Responses to Luscious and Light. Strawberry Cloud Cake with Raspberries

  1. wattleflat says:

    Oh, double yum!!!! Love the product placement: do you think that Kenwood will cough up?? (I want a red one, too!) Heaps of love: you are so lovely and thoughtful. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 02:51:23 +0000 To:

    • Oh no – totally oblivious to the logo when I snapped the shot. Trying really hard to make a bowl of pink meringue look inviting.Still trying to figure out how to take good photos. My skills haven’t extended to Photoshop yet. Fire engine red looks lovely against the marble and stainless steel in the kitchen.

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