On Mother's Day I decided to make a strawberries and whipped cream angel food cake in honor of my mom. It's one of her favorite desserts, and mine too, and I have many sweet memories of her making it for me on my birthday over the years.
It's a cake that's sooo easy and sooo delicious, I'm not sure why I don't make it more often. It's an especially great dessert for those of us who aren't huge chocolate fans. Yes, we exist. This cake is light, fruity, and not crazy sugary. I mean... it is sugary but not like a white chocolate chip, dark chocolate swirl, Snickers double fudge frosted brownie is sugary. (Bleh!) The secret to its simplicity? We're going Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee style: you buy an angel food cake from the grocery store bakery. ;) And then you top it with strawberries and homemade whipped cream for the perfect summer dessert.
1 angel food cake (homemade or from the grocery store's bakery)
1 quart heavy whipping cream
1 lb. strawberries, washed
5 heaping tsp. sugar (for the cream)
4 heaping tsp. sugar (for the strawberries)
a handful of each: whole strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, washed (for decoration)
1. Chop the strawberries and place in a small mixing bowl and stir in 4 tsp. of sugar. Smash with a fork or wooden spatula until liquid starts to form. Let sit for about 30 mins. at room temperature.
2. With an electric mixer, slowly combine whipping cream and 5 tsp. of sugar into a mixing bowl, beating on high. Continue beating until cream forms stiff waves.
3. Cut the cake in half so that you have two rings. Place the bottom ring on a cake stand and spoon a layer of smashed strawberries onto the cake. Carefully add a layer of whipped cream on top of the strawberries.
4. Place the top half of the cake on top of the layer of strawberries and whipped cream.
5. Cover entire cake with whipped cream (I just used a butter knife), being careful not to mix pieces of cake or strawberry into the cream - you want it to be totally white.
7. Chill for an hour before serving.
Make sure to take the time to lick all of the whipped cream off of the beaters, the mixing bowl, and any spoon or spatula. It might be another 1,000 calories, but I'm pretty sure it's what heaven tastes like.