The hot summer weather brings to mind cool food that is light and refreshing. Enter, stage left, this delicious summertime cake. Decorated with colorful fruit, like strawberries (red), blueberries (blue) and the frosting (white), you have a the perfect 4th of July cake. I love it when a colorful plan comes together.
When you’re serving foods that are hot temperature-wise such as burgers and brats, or foods that are hot spice-wise, such as barbecued meats, it is great to pair them with something cool and creamy. It helps relieve your palate. It’s like exercise for your taste buds; you warm them up and then cool them down.
Of course, this cake is good for any occasion in which you’d like to serve a cool and tasty dessert; hence the name, Any Occasion Cake. There are two ways that I might choose to simplify this recipe. It calls for baking an angel food cake. You can buy a pre-made angle food cake, eliminating the step of baking one. Also, I might use store-bought whipped topping instead making my own whipped cream, fool for simplicity that I am. This recipe is courtesy of Monique Vinski.
Try this cake for your 4th of July celebration.
Any Occasion Cake
- 1 box of angel food cake mix
- 1 small box of lemon instant Jell-O pudding mix
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1½ cups (more or less) of sliced fresh strawberries or (whole blueberries or raspberries) plus a few extra for garnishing top of cake.
- 2 tsp of sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- (angle food cake pan)
Prepare angel food cake per box (instructions) and bake in angel food cake pan.
While the cake is baking, in a small bowl prepare instant pudding mix and chill.
After cake has cooled completely, remove from pan and carefully slice a 1¼ - 1½” layer off of the top (set aside).
Scoop out enough cake within the ring to form a hollow for the pudding.
Mix the scooped pieces of cake in a large mixing bowl with the pudding and add sliced strawberries (or other berry choice).
Add pudding mixture to the hollow in the cake (don’t over- fill) and place top back on cake.
Chill for as long as desired.
Add sugar and vanilla to heavy whipping cream and beat until it reaches whip cream consistency.
Cover entire cake with the whipped cream and arrange fruit on cake as desired.
This cake is light, quick to put together, and pretty. Arranged the red and blue berries in small grouped designs to create a 4th of July cake.
For a summer tea cake use raspberries, thinly curled lemon peel and small sprigs of mint. Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Teas… this light and delicious cake can be easily modified to fit the theme.