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Berry Surprise Cake

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) baking assignment was the Berry Surprise Cake, chosen by fellow blogger, Mary Anne of Meet Me in the Kitchen. Check out her blog for the recipe and fellow TWDers blogs for their versions of the Berry Surprise Cake!


I loved this cake and got raves from friends who enjoyed it at a recent dinner party I hosted. The cake itself reminded me of ladyfingers - light, spongy and just a subtle sweetness. It offered a great platform for the cream cheese filling and the fresh berries. Despite the time involved to prepare the 4 components of the cake (cake batter, syrup, filling & topping) it was all worth it. I would definitely make this cake again, especially in the spring or summer months. It was nice to make this in the winter for something light!

My notes on this recipe:
  • One thing to note about the recipe is that once the cake is baked, it should be tall enough to carve out the middle of the cake to fill with filling and berries. My cake did not come out tall enough so I ended up just layering the cake.
  • Once layered, I drizzled the syrup I made with sugar, water and a raspberry coulis. The original recipe called for using Chambord liqueur, which I didn't have on hand. I also didn't want to risk gathering crumbs by sweeping my pastry brush across the freshly layered cake so drizzling the syrup was just to play it safe.
  • Where vanilla extract was called for in the recipe, I substituted vanilla paste. I loved the vanilla flecked cream cheese filling I got as a result!

  • The original recipe called for raspberries both in the filling and also for the fruit garnish on the top. However I saw some great blueberries and strawberries on sale which I used instead. After spreading a thin layer of my vanilla cream cheese filling, I layered fresh blueberries on the cake. To top it off, I used both blueberries and sliced strawberries which gave a nice colorful presentation.

18 comments

  1. Welcome to TWD. Your cake is beautiful. I love all the berries on top..so pretty.

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  2. looks beautiful. i used blackberries with mine and it was delicious.

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  3. This is beautiful and looks so tasty. It reminds me of those red, white, and blue trifles and desserts you see around the 4th of July, but this one is actually kind of fitting for today since it's the inauguration... yes that was cheesy, I'm aware.

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  4. Gorgeous! And it looks so refreshing!

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  5. Beautiful! Can't wait to make this one during the summer!

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  6. Nice pics to show us how you did it. I like the way you added your fruit to the top. sweet.

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  7. Oh, the berries look so great together.

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  8. This is my favourite type of dessert. Looks delicious!

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  9. Oh I love berries! This cake looks awesome!!

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  10. Your cake looks really good! Hope you enjoyed it!

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  11. It looks wonderful - the blueberries and strawberries sound great!

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  12. Your cake looks beautiful with the strawberries and blueberries on top. Mine didn't rise much either, but I like your idea to layer it instead!

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  13. The cake looks pretty and yummy. I bookmarked the website for the recipe. Thanks.:)

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  14. WOW! I LOVE how you fanned the strawberries!
    How painstakingly beautiful! VERY WELL DONE!

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  15. Wow, what a beautiful cake! I love lighter tasting cakes like this, and with the fruit you could almost call it healthy ;)

    Congrats on 1000 posts, too! Keep it up!

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