As author Bill Collison explains, “This is an all-singing, whooped-up, somewhat-over-the-top, photo-opportunity cake that requires no cooking at all and can be assembled–because it is essentially an assembly job–by a five-year-old. Which is, after all, the point: that it has been, at least in some small way, prepared by the children.” Though we strongly encourage you to indulge in a made-from-scratch cake of any sort, provided you have the time and patience (and, if you’re under the age of 10, the adult supervision), But there’s no shame in relying on a store-bought cake. But why stop with cake? Even a brownie could be a lovely foundation for this stack of customized happiness. And if you don’t mind even more of a mess than what’s already in store for you, consider swapping softened ice cream for whipped cream. May as well pull out all the stops.–David Leite
Iced Berry Cake FAQs
That depends on who you’re serving, and what your preferences are. You can use white, yellow, chocolate, even strawberry or lemon cake for this easy berry cake recipe. You can use angel food, sponge, or chiffon cakes, and either storebought or homemade. Choose berries and chocolate toppings that pair well with your base flavor. Have fun. Be creative.
Again, this depends on your preferences. Lemon and raspberries pair well with white or milk chocolates. Vanilla cake, strawberries, and whipped cream are perfect served with any sort of chocolate. Slather some lemon curd or raspberry jam in between the layers. Skip the chocolate altogether if that isn’t your thing. Toss on some sprinkles. Make it your own.
Iced Berry Cake
- 20 ounces berries, fresh or frozen, a mixture of varieties is fine
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 3 1/2 ounces really good-quality chocolate, preferably milk chocolate or white, melted
- 1 store-bought or homemade cake, single layer or double layer
- A selection of interesting edibles for decorating
- If using frozen berries, remove them from the freezer. (By the time you serve the cake, the chocolate will hopefully be melting the berries so they are still cold but not frozen.)
- Whip the cream until it is thick and softly peaked.
- Plop the cake on a plate. Slather the whipped cream across the top of the cake and layer on the berries. If using a layer cake, slip some berries between the layers and lavish some of the cream and berries on the top layer, too. Drizzle the warm melted chocolate across the top of the cake and pile on the decorations.
- Everything may be on the slide, but that’s still perfect. Present it with pride.
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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
This was a fun, easy berry cake. I used a Victoria Sponge Cake I made earlier in the week. It really took no time at all to assemble and it presented beautifully in a messy sort of way. The whipped cream gave it a heavenly look. Berries, peanut butter cups, and melted chocolate gave the cake a true “celebration” feeling. A big slice of this iced berry cake on the plate was fun to eat. It reminded me of something you would eat in a cartoon. Everyone enjoyed it.