CoffeeShoppe Bakes: Summer berry layer cake

Overall, I'm much more of a baker than a cook but I find that during the warmer months, I often take a break from anything that involves the oven. However, lately I've had quite the sweet tooth and I have really wanted to bake something. Perhaps it's all the Grey's Anatomy I've been watching (I've been re-watching from the beginning with my mother who I got hooked on the show this past season)...we'll call it the Izzie Stevens effect (loyal watchers of the show will understand this reference) - - because I think I've got the baking bug again! 

I wanted to make something that was sweet, while still being summery and light and this berry cake really fits the bill. I started with a white cake and incorporated three different types of berries (does that qualify this as a health food??) with a whipped cream frosting.

As much as I like to bake, I opted for a box cake mix for this recipe, which makes it all the more easy to whip up for your next summer barbeque or party! I used the Pillsbury Purely Simple White Cake mix which contains no colors, preservatives or artificial flavors - not bad for a box mix! 

To make the cake I baked the cake as directed, in two 8 inch round cake pans. Then I used my cake saw to cut each cake in half so I had four layers to work with. I used half the frosting for the layers, which I combined with a different berry for each. Finish frosting the sides and top, garnish with more berries and that's it! 

Summer Berry Cake w/ Whipped Cream Frosting 

  • Strawberries - about one cup diced
  • Blueberries  - about one cup diced
  • Blackberries  -about one cup diced
  • White Cake mix 
  • Almond extract - 1/4 teaspoon - added to the cake mix!
  • Heavy cream - 4 cups 
  • Cream cheese - 8 oz 
  • White sugar - 3/4 cup (I used a little less)
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp 

To prepare frosting: 
  • Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until well blended (I used my KitchenAid mixer).
  • In a separate bowl whip the heavy cream until it is a stiff/thick texture - you want it to hold its shape. 
  • Then fold your whipped cream into the rest of the ingredients until fully incorporated. 
To assemble cake:  
  • After preparing cake as per the box directions, use a cake saw to cut each cake in half (once cooled). 
  • Combine a portion of the frosting with each of your diced berries (I eyeballed this) and use for each layer of the cake. 
  • When all layers are assembled, use remaining frosting to frost the sides and top of your cake. 
  • Garnish with more fresh berries

This is truly a simple cake to make and I was very happy with how it turned out. It's always a great feeling when the idea in your head takes shape how you want it to! The strawberry layer was definitely my favorite as we used local berries that were perfectly ripe and incredibly sweet! I'd love to see your photos if you choose to make this cake! Share them with me here, or on social media - my links are on the right under the "lets get social" heading!

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