Eton mess cake
Inspired by a classic Eton mess, this elegant layered sponge cake is filled with all our favourite ingredients, from macerated strawberries and raspberries to whipped cream and crunchy meringue. The addition of a zesty lime syrup and fragrant mint cuts through the richness of the cake, securing it as a summer showstopper.
- For the sponge, preheat the oven to gas 4,180°C, fan 160°C. Grease and line the bases of 3 x 20cm sandwich tins with baking paper. In a large bowl, whisk the butter and sugar together for 5 minutes until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, whisking well between each addition, then add the orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder together, then sift over the wet mixture and fold through. Finally, fold through 2 tbsp orange juice and the milk.
- Divide the mixture evenly between the 3 tins, leveling the tops. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden and springy, and a skewer inserted into the centres comes away clean.
- Meanwhile make the syrup. In a small pan, gently heat 3 tbsp lime juice, the zest of 1 lime, 3 tbsp orange juice and the sugar, until the sugar has dissolved. Bubble for 5 minutes. Prick the tops of the cakes all over with a skewer and brush over the warm syrup, then leave to cool.
- Macerate the strawberries by placing them in a bowl with the chopped mint, lime juice and 2 tbsp icing sugar. Stir, then set aside for 15-30 minutes. Drain the juice and reserve for drizzling.
- For the filling, whip the cream with the remaining 3 tbsp icing sugar to soft peaks. Spoon about a third of the mixture into another bowl and set aside (for the topping). Fold three-quarters of the macerated strawberries, most of the raspberries and the broken meringues through the whipped cream.
- Place one sponge on your serving plate and spoon half the filling over the top. Sandwich with a second sponge, then repeat with the remaining filling and sponge. Decorate the top with the reserved whipped cream, the remaining strawberries and raspberries, the whole meringues and the torn mint leaves. Drizzle with the reserved strawberry juice and serve.
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