What do angels eat? I dare say this would be it!
I mean seriously, look at this extraordinary dessert!!! It’s beautiful and don’t you want a slice…plate of it now?
Do you like Angel food cake? It’s at the top of my favorite desserts list. It could only get better when you combine it with sweet strawberries and whipped cream. Now THAT my friend’s is paradise, which is why I say angels ask for it:)
I’ll show you how to make this stunning cake. You’ll look like a professional baker with my easy to follow, step-by-step tutorial pictures on the following pages, so let’s make one together!
1 store bought angel food cake *I used a large one, about 22-26 oz.
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk *can use low fat or fat free
3 Tbl. lemon juice
2 tsp. almond extract
1 Tbl. vanilla extract
16 oz. prepared topping, such as Cool Whip *can use low fat or fat free – I normally prefer fresh whipped cream, however prepared whipped cream such as cool whip holds up longer and performs better in this particular recipe
1 lb. fresh strawberries
3 oz. sliced almonds, optional
Dry toast the almonds in a fry pan over medium heat.
Stir constantly, watching closely and take the pan off the heat as soon as the nuts begin to turn brown.In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, almond extract and vanilla extract.
Mix well.Stir in the prepared topping.Chill for 10-15 minutes.
Then, with the tip of the knife, cut into the cake along the inner and outer edges, leaving a 1-inch border of the cake intact; creating a tunnel.
Using your fingers, carefully hollow out the cake between the two cuts, using care not to remove the bottom of the cake.
Tear the hollowed out pieces into a little larger than bite sized pieces and place into a medium bowl.Hull the stems off the tops of the strawberries; cut into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
Pour approximately 1 – 1 1/4 cups) of the chilled whipped topping (such as cool whip) mixture into a bowl, leaving the rest in another bowl.Combine together the angel food cake chunks, the cut up strawberries and the approximately 1 cup of the whipped cream mixture.
Place the cake on top of the waxed paper pieces.
Place the top of the angel food cake back in its place.
Use the remaining whipped cream mixture to frost the entire cake.Sprinkle with the cooled toasted almonds.
Gingerly pull out the pieces of waxed paper for a clean area around the cake.Chill until ready to serve.
Make and serve the same day. The reason to make and serve the same day is because fresh berries ‘weep’, meaning they release their own liquid; which will cause the cake to go soggy or break down.Recipe adapted slightly from butterwithasideofbread.com.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014
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