Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Humble Angel Food Cake Embellished

The Victoria Sponge cake wasn't happening for me last week but I really wasn't ready to give up on it so, I embellished a angel food cake from the grocery store with berries and cream.  

It is really very similar to the Victoria Sponge in construction but, I am sure the cake tastes a bit different.  So to create this I just used a store-bought angel food cake and cut it in half horizontally.  I spread berry jam on the first layer (I used raspberry) and then I spread the cream cheese and whip cream icing, recipe follows.  I layered the top of the cream icing with flat sliced strawberries.  Then I placed the top layer of the angel food cake on that and covered it with the icing and placed berries, strawberry buds and leaves, mint, and violets. Everything that went on the cake is edible (and organic).

It is a really pretty cake it even slices up pretty.  So it's easy and fun to make.  No one really wanted to eat the leaves they just removed them.  My family (all guys) tells me I am feeding them "twigs and berries" again.  It is all about the visual, and yes the guys do get that....surprisingly.   I thought the key to it looking right in the pictures was the icing.  So I searched the pinterest boards for awhile to come up with the right icing.

Cream Cheese and Whip Cream Icing

8 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium bowl beat whipping cream with a electric mixer till stiff peaks form; sit aside.
In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla.  Beat until smooth and then fold into the whipping cream.
Yields enough to ice an entire 8-10 inch round cake  (I could have halved the recipe for this cake.)

I will link this to:
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Tasty Tuesday at The Comforts of Home
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo 
Project Pin-It at Glitter Glue and Paint


martinealison said...

Merci pour la recette de ce hum beau gâteau !

Gros bisous ❤︎ ❀ ❁ ❀ ❤︎

Sue/the view from great island said...

This is SO smart --- spend your time and effort where it really counts, that gorgeous fruit decoration! Pinned!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Sherry that looks soooooo good!! Wish I had a piece right about now lol!

Sarah said...

Angel food cake was a favorite for my mom, and she made it often. Your pretty cake brings back some sweet memories for me. Thanks!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a gorgeous cake! It's artwork, really. Just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful cake!

Linda said...

This looks delicious...nothing beats fresh berries! Thanks for visiting Night Owl Corner....just stopping by to check out your blog too!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a beautiful cake. Thank you for sharing it on Tasty Tuesday.

Linda Walker said...

This looks delicious! Definitely going to make this for our next family get together! I am familiar with the "twigs" reference! My husband call my wreaths and other decor "brush" and insists I went shopping in his brush pile! LOL!

Slice of Pie said...

That cake is beautiful ... and I'm sure ... delicious. You are very talented! Guys are funny ... I think they are all meat and potatoes!

Susan said...

I have trouble making Victoria Sponge. I grew up on it in England but have never found an American recipe to my liking. Could you share yours?

Lisa Lewis Koster said...

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous!

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous cake Sherry! This would delight my girls for sure! Thank you for the recipe and blessings to you,

Curtains in My Tree said...

I am going to make this cake for a dinner this weekend.
It looks so pretty and I have never in my life made a real angel food cake from scratch. I remember watching my sweet grandmother make one when I was a child.
So i'm off to get cream cheese and strawberries LOL

Sarah said...

Happy May Day! YOur little basket is so sweet.

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Your cake is gorgeous. You get an A+ for presentation. :) I had a terrible experience with rice pudding so I can commiserate with you.

Jessica Jarrell said...

What a gorgeous cake! Wow! Found you over on Foodie Friday :)

Lou Lou Girls said...

This is gorgeous! Pinned! This is my favorite share at our party. We are featuring it on Tuesday! Woo Hoo!
Thank you for being part of our party. Please stop by on Tuesday and share another amazing creation. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

Mindie Hilton said...

Featuring Friday at Bacon Time!

Anonymous said...

Visiting from The Weekend Re-Treat. This cake is so pretty, I love the decoration. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would for you to stop by and share these and other recipes with us when the party goes live this Sunday. Have a great day!