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Eton Mess Cake

“Even though it might not be the season for strawberries, there aren't any shortage of them around It's definitely a cake I'll be making again. I can imagine it looking amazing on a picnic spread when the warmer weather comes back!”

Eton Mess Cake

Life has been CRAZY!

Starting a new job and learning a whole bunch of new things definitely adds to it. A week before starting my new job the universe must have decided it was time to dish out all the bad karma that had been coming my way. It lasted for about a month… but I’m finally feeling like the good karma is coming back, and I’m feeling a bit more balanced. To give you an example…. my poor car met the side of my house one morning. I don’t know how, why or what.. but anyway… it’s all good now.. and I have an excellent panel beater if you need a recommendation! 

Some of my favourite blogging gals; Daisy, Lianne, Ling, Julie and Liz; gathered at Daisy’s house for a Sweet High Tea. I was having one of my rough weeks and had NO idea what to make. Every time I tried to look for something to make, I just didn’t find anything I wanted to commit to. Usually I’d find something challenging and amazing, but this time, I wanted to just find one, easy thing I could whip together after a sleep in. When I flicked to this recipe, the name had me sold. The method; easy as, and the wow factor… right up there!

Even though it might not be the season for strawberries, there aren’t any shortage of them around It’s definitely a cake I’ll be making again. I can imagine it looking amazing on a picnic spread when the warmer weather comes back :)

 I also brought along leftover slices of my crowd favourite Guinness Gingerbread. Still a winner, why haven’t you tried making it yet?!!

Eton Mess Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 175g unsalted butter
  2. 5 tbsp double cream , from a 300ml pot
  3. 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  4. 225g plain flour
  5. 100g ground almonds
  6. 1 tsp baking powder
  7. 200g golden caster sugar
  8. 5 large eggs , at room temperature
  9. 400g strawberries ,½ roughly chopped, ½ finely sliced
  10. 4 meringues nests (50g/2oz), very roughly broken up
  11. a little icing sugar , to serve
Instructions
  1. Grease a deep, 20 x 30cm traybake or roasting tin, then line with parchment. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Melt the butter, take off the heat and stir in the cream and the vanilla. Mix the flour, almonds, baking powder and ¼ tsp fine salt and set aside for later.
  2. Put the caster sugar and eggs into a large bowl, and whisk with electric beaters until very thick and foamy, about 5 mins. Pour in the butter mix, whisk briefly, then add the flour mix and whisk briefly again until even. Stir in the chopped strawberries, then pour the batter into the tin and level the top.
  3. Scatter the sliced strawberries and meringue over the cake, then bake for 40-45 mins until risen, golden and a skewer comes out clean. Cool for 20 mins in the tin, then transfer the cake to a rack. Just before serving, dust with a little icing sugar. Enjoy with the rest of the double cream, whipped if you like.
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13 comments on “Eton Mess Cake
  1. Ling - June 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    But it tasted soooo good!!!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  2. Tina @ bitemeshowme - June 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Now that’s a cake! And what a lovely gathering you had with all the other girls. I definitely would have loved to have been there.

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  3. Daisy@Nevertoosweet - June 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

    This was an awesome cake buttery moist and I loved the crunchy bits from the meringue! definitely making it soon 😉

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  4. Joanne T Ferguson - June 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    G’day! Never heard of an Eton Mess Cake, TRUE!
    LOVE the idea and your photo and recipe too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://www.facebook.com/whatsonthelist

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  5. milkteaxx - June 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    what a stunning cake! your photos are so pretty!

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  6. msihua - June 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I just can’t get over how many things we have that are the same, tray (tick), plate (tick).. hahaha .. I want to try this!

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  7. GourmetGetaways - June 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Oh I wish I was a part of that gathering, your cake looks scrumptious. I am pleased to hear that your bad luck is disappearing :)

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  8. Hannah - June 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Oooh, I love that this is a version of Eton Mess that I could easily make dairy-free (coconut cream, anyone?). So glad to hear life has stopped tripping you up and is joyful again. x

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  9. Cara @ Gourmet Chick - June 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I love Eton Mess and love cake so this recipe looks like one I HAVE to do

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  10. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice - June 26, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Sometimes simple is best! I understand how crazy starting a new job can be. I just started a new job in March and it is FULL ON (in a very good way, I should add, I do love it). But, it means prioritising that over other things… like cake baking.

    Beautiful idea, something I’d love to make!

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  11. Sara @bellyrumbles - June 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Okay this is awesome. I am not a big fan of Eton mess, but your approach to, what is probably now a classic, is fantastic.

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  12. Adrian (Food Rehab) - June 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Aw crap…sorry to hear about your poor car. Yessss to good karma. This Eton Mess cake is deffffff good karma fow sure!

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  13. Krissie (Pearls of Style) - July 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Julie from Gourmet Getaways told me about your blog. Great to have another foodie lover to visit! I agree with Sara, I’ve never been a huge fan of Eaton Mess but I love the look of this cake. I think it’s a great reinvention and I’ll definitely be trying it out myself!

    Krissie Pearls of Style

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