Meringue and Strawberry Cream Cake
A luscious creamy desert that wedges a syrupy strawberry sponge in between layers of Chantilly cream and then sandwiched by meringue and dark chocolate. An incredibly rich and creamy cake set off beautifully by the tartness and sweetness of strawberry syrup. An absolute must.
Servings Prep Time
6servings 1hour
Cook Time
3hours
Servings Prep Time
6servings 1hour
Cook Time
3hours
Ingredients
French meringue:
  • 250g egg whiteabout 6
  • 500g powdered sugar
  • 150g dark chocolate
Sponge layers:
  • 125g eggsabout 3
  • 90g sugar
  • 75g flour
  • 25g potato starch
  • 1 vanilla pod
Vanilla Chantilly cream:
  • 375g custard
  • 8g of gelatin
  • 560g cream35% fat
  • 75g granulated sugar
Custard:
  • 1 egg
  • 250ml milk
  • 50g sugar
  • 15g starch
  • 1 vanilla pod
Strawberry syrup:
  • 150g strawberry puree
  • 150g sugar syrup50 of water and 116 grams of sugar brought to a boil
  • 55g water
Decoration:
  • 500g g strawberries
  • 500g cream35% fat
Instructions
French meringue:
  1. First, make the meringue. Whisk the egg whites with 250 g of the powdered sugar until firm peaks form.
  2. Add the remaining icing sugar and stir with a whisk.
  3. Spread meringue on baking paper in the shape of two circles with diameter 26 cm.
  4. Bake at 90 degrees Celsius for 3 hours.
  5. When meringue is ready, turn off the oven and allow to cool inside.
  6. Melt the dark chocolate and then sprinkle it over the cooled meringue.
Sponge:
  1. Scrape the inside of the vanilla pod and combine the seeds with the eggs and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Place the bowl over a water bath and warm to 45 degrees Celsius while stirring constantly.
  3. Beat the mixture until it becomes light and frothy, then gently sift in the flour and starch.
  4. Stir gently until all combined.
  5. Pour out the batter into a tin smaller than the diameter of the diameter of the meringues.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius.
  7. Check readiness with a toothpick. If ready, set aside to cool.
Custard:
  1. Bring milk to a boil with the vanilla bean. Turn down heat completely.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg with sugar until the mixture is light and thick. Add the starch and stir.
  3. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture – too much and you will scramble the eggs. Stir continuously.
  4. Pour the mixture back into the milk pot and put on medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until the cream becomes thick.
  5. Pour into a bowl, cover with cling wrap and allow to cool.
Vanilla Chantilly:
  1. Soak gelatin in 40 ml of water for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat 20g of the cream until it approaches boiling and add the swollen gelatin. Stir until the gelatin dissolves.
  3. Whip the remainder of the cream with the sugar until stable peaks form. Set aside.
  4. Take the gelatin cream mixture and stir it into the chilled custard the add the whipped cream.
  5. Gently stir all these together and refrigerate before using.
Strawberry syrup:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Pour over the cooled sponge and allow to soak.
Assembly:
  1. Build the cake in layers starting with a meringue layer, chocolate side up.
  2. Then pour over a layer of cream.
  3. Place the strawberry soaked sponge on top of the cream.
  4. Cover the sponger with another layer of cream.
  5. Finish with the second meringue chocolate layer facing down.
  6. Use any remaining Chantilly cream to cover the sides of the cake and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  7. Decorate with more whipped cream, fresh strawberries or strawberry syrup.
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