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Berry Chantilly Cake

Truly easy and perfect make-ahead cake for all occasions! Light and delicate sponge cake layers loaded with fluffy Chantilly cream frosting and fresh berries.

Truly easy and perfect make-ahead cake for all occasions! Light and delicate sponge cake layers loaded with fluffy Chantilly cream frosting and fresh berries.

This is how we should start every Monday! With a tall, beautiful and insanely delicious cake. Right, right?

Light and delicate sponge cake layers generously filled with equally delicate and fluffy Chantilly cream frosting. And paired with lots of fresh berries, this cake is just what you want to celebrate summer! Or bridal shower, or baby shower, or birthdays. This cake is good great for all occasions.

Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Chantilly cream, or more appropriately crème Chantilly, is basically sweetened whipped cream originated in small town of Chantilly, France. Simple and delicious! Yep, this berry Chantilly cake is not only beautiful to look at and delicious to eat, but it’s also super easy to make. And the best part is you can totally make it a day in advance. Actually, I strongly recommend you make it a day ahead, so the cake layers soak up the flavors from the filling. -> Flavorful, light and berrylicious!

Truly easy and perfect make-ahead cake for all occasions! Light and delicate sponge cake layers loaded with fluffy Chantilly cream frosting and fresh berries.

I first learned about this cake from my friend Amy a few weeks ago, who ordered it for her friend’s bridal shower out of town. Its name and her description of the cake intrigued me and I had to try it right away. Sure enough, it was the BEST!

Truly easy and perfect make-ahead cake for all occasions! Light and delicate sponge cake layers loaded with fluffy Chantilly cream frosting and fresh berries.

We will start with making light and sturdy sponge cake. I chose basic Genoise sponge cake method here, aka Italian sponge cake. Unlike traditional sponge cake, this method calls for beating the whole eggs, instead of separating them. Yay for one less step and fewer dishes to do!

Because the batter doesn’t have any chemical leaveners, properly beating the egg mixture is essential to success of the cake. You want your batter pale, thick and quadrupled in size. To check for the proper consistency, lift the whisk and let the batter to fall. If it leaves a distinct trail behind, it’s ready. It’s called “trail” test, basically testing if the batter leaves a trail or not. Once the egg mixture is whipped, gently fold in the flour, being careful not to deflate the batter, or the cake won’t rise and will be heavy. Again, more air in the batter, the lighter and taller the cake will be.

Cool the cake completely on wire rack before slicing it into layers. Otherwise, you’ll risk breaking it, as the cake is fragile when hot.

Side note: I’m horrible at cutting the cake into layers. I can barely slice a cake into 2 even layers, and if I need 3 layers, just forget about it! That’s why I’m so happy I invested in this layer cake slicing kit. (<- The best purchase ever!) Perfectly even, thin layers every time without much effort!

Berry Chantilly Cake - step by step photo instruction

Now, onto the filling. For sturdier and more flavorful Chantilly cream, I added some cream cheese and splash of orange liquor. Oh, frosting heaven!! Generously fill each layer with said frosting and lots of fresh berries, and then cover the entire cake with remaining frosting. Alternatively, you can leave the cake naked (without frosting the sides), if desired. It looks just as gorgeous!

Truly easy and perfect make-ahead cake for all occasions! Light and delicate sponge cake layers loaded with fluffy Chantilly cream frosting and fresh berries.

What occasion would you like to bake this cake? Any birthdays or showers on horizon?

As always, thank you for reading! Have a berry nice day! 🙂

Berry Chantilly Cake

Truly easy and perfect make-ahead cake for all occasions! Light and delicate sponge cake layers loaded with fluffy Chantilly cream frosting and fresh berries.

Yield: 8-12 servings

Cook Time:20 min

Total Time:3 hours (includes cooling time)

Ingredients:

For sponge cake:
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100gr) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125gr) cake flour
  • 3 tablespoons (40gr) unsalted butter, melted
For frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cup (360ml) heavy cream
  • 8oz (225gr) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup (190gr) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons orange liquor (such as Grand Marnier), optional
For filling:
  • 2 cups (265gr) fresh strawberries
  • 6oz (170gr) fresh raspberries
  • 6oz (170gr) fresh blackberries (or blueberries)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Coat 9-inch round springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until it’s thick, pale and quadrupled in size. It took about 5 minutes in stand mixer. (So It might take up to 10 minutes with handheld electric mixer.) When you lift the whisk, it should leave a trail in the batter, as shown in the photo above.
  3. Add flour and gently fold until mostly combined. Gently stir in the melted butter and mix until the batter is smooth, about a minute. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and revert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the filling, in a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream until hard peaks form. Transfer into another bowl.
  5. Place the cream cheese in the mixing bowl with whisk attachment, and beat until fluffy, about a minute. Add sugar, vanilla extract and orange liquor and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add whipped cream and gently fold into smooth frosting.
  6. Slice the strawberries nice and thin. Reserve 1/3 of all berries for topping.
  7. Using a serrated knife, slice the cake horizontally into 3 even layers. Place the bottom cake layer on a cake stand lined with 4 strips of parchment paper. (It helps to frost the cake without messing up the stand.) Smear thin layer of frosting on the cake. Arrange one layer of berries and then smear another layer of frosting over the berries. Place the middle layer of the cake and repeat the frosting/berry layers. Place the top layer and frost the entire cake. Arrange the reserved berries on top of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving, ideally overnight.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

This cake is perfect to make ahead. It gives plenty of time for the cake layers soak up the frosting and become tastier.

Store in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days.

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54 comments

  1. Hi,

    this is a lovely cake and you did an awesome job but i’m trying to figure out what exactly is chantilly cream . Is it a cream cheese frosting with whipped cream or is it the whipped cream? Step 5 of the directions required for whipped cream to be folded in. Is this store bought whipped cream or whipped cream made from heavy cream?

    • Hi, Sharon! To my understanding, Chantilly cream is basically whipped cream type of frosting. I added cream cheese for stability here. The whipped cream in step 5 is the one you make out of heavy cream in step 4. Hope this helps. Let me know if there’s anything else I can help with.

  2. Your recipe calls for 4 large eggs, in the picture it looks like 6 eggs. I am curious which is it?

  3. Hi!  I saw this on Pinterest and have been wanting to make this for my sons birthday.  I’ve never done a foam cake before and starting out it looked great but I think when I did the flour and butter I lost the foam.  Do you still use the whisk on the blender or use a spatula to fold it.?  Anyway, I’m inspired to keep trying. 

  4. I am making this today, although I only have fresh strawberries and blue berries to work with. 

  5. Lovely looking cake. I would like to try this recipe, but was wondering, do you think the frosting would hold its shape for piping? I have someone wanting a chantilly cake for their baby shower, but they want piped rosettes covering it. Do you think I could achieve that look with this frosting?

    • Hi, Fran! Though the frosting isn’t runny, or too soft, I don’t know how it’ll hold its shape for a long. Since the majority of it is made of whipped cream, I’m not too positive. Sorry, not much help here, Fran.

  6. How long would you bake if using a 6″ x 2″ round cake pan? I’m so so excited to make this!

    • Hi, Candice! Are you going to use two 6-inch pans? If not, you’ll have excess batter. If you’re using 2 pans, I can’t be sure, but start checking after 15 minutes.

  7. Hi! Good morning!! Can I make this and cover it with fondant?

    • Hi Dora! I never tried using fondant on a sponge cake. I’m afraid it’s too fluffy and soft cake, and it might collapse from heavy fondant. But then again that’s just my speculation. Sorry not much help here.

  8. Oh my goodness! This cake looks so beautiful, and you are a wonderful photographer. Can I flavor the Chantilly cream with lemon? No need to actually test it out, but about how much lemon should I use? Thank you so much for the great looking recipe (I want to eat it through the computer screen)!

    • Thanks so much, Olivia, for your kind compliment! 🙂 Yes, you can flavor the Chantilly cream with lemon. I’d suggest starting with 1 tablespoon and go from there.

  9. What a lovely cake ! Quick question…
    Do you think I can use fondant over this cake?

  10. Hi!  Just stopping by from Treasure Box Tuesday… this cake looks so beautiful.  I’ve recently been working on foam cakes, and have had such problems getting them to rise properly.  I think my problem is when I reach the folding-in-the-flour stage.  Anyway, you’ve inspired me to give it another go with this recipe.  I let you know how i do!

  11. Such a gorgeous summer dessert! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  12. Hi there

    I live in the UK and we have plain flour or self raising flour, which one of these should I use for this recipe? It looks amazing and I want to try it.

    Regards, Alison

    • Hi, Alison. Use plain flour, but replace 2 tablespoons of flour with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. This makes a homemade version of cake flour. If you don’t have cornstarch, just use plain flour. Hope this helps.

  13. Just had to look at this cake in all its glory, beautiful!

  14. This looks absolutely delicious AND stunning, to boot! 

  15. Yum!! Looks amazing and perfect for summer!  🙂

  16. There is nothing better than a light sponge with chantilly cream – lovely!!!

  17. What a gorgeous cake. But better yet, it’s one you can make ahead! Now all I need is get you to come and photograph mine when I make it and I’ll be set. #heaven

  18. This is an absolutely gorgeous cake!

  19. Did you hear that?  It’s Martha Stewart firing her food stylist. Shinee’s in town.

    Seriously, I DROOL over your pictures then read the recipe and crave dessert!

  20. What a gorgeous cake! I am always in such awe of your desserts! They are so beautiful! Pinning! 

  21. Such a beautiful and perfect cake to make for my Mama!

  22. This is a lovely cake—great for a special occasion. I love the berries and whipped cream frosting. They make the cake taste nice and light. 

  23. Mondays are definitely for cake! This looks beautiful Shinee!

  24. This looks unbelievably pretty! I could eat an entire cake (if I’m allowed to!) Looks so good Shinee!

  25. Shinee, this cake looks positively gorgeous!!! Seriously, you just gave me major cake cravings!! I need this cake in my life, like yesterday! Wow…so beautiful and decadent. I love chantilly and I love that used all those beautiful berries…fabulous job, Shinee! 

  26. Shinee, this chantilly cake is gorgeous!!!! Thanks for the reminder of how gorgeous and delicious these cakes are!!! I want this for Mother’s Day!!! Beautiful! 

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