Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake

This Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake is light, fruity and the perfect dessert for sharing! It’s also easy to make and with the red and blue, it’s prefect for the Fourth of July!

This post is sponsored by Driscoll’s Berries, but all opinions are my own.

Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake flavored with pureed strawberries and blueberries, layered with fresh berries and whipped cream! #pictureperfectplate

Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake flavored with pureed strawberries and blueberries, layered with fresh berries and whipped cream! #pictureperfectplate

Summer is one of my favorite times of year. There are fresh berries galore and they’re all on sale! I love getting them not only for snacking, but for desserts. Berry-filled desserts are easily some of the hubs and I’s favorites. And I always know that Driscoll’s is a great brand of berries that I can trust to be delicious!

So of course I was excited to join them in sharing Driscoll’s Food Art and creating the picture perfect plate. I’ve mentioned before how fruit is nature’s art and that could not be truer than with berries. There are so many fun ways to use them to decorate food. Such a great thing to do with kids too.

In the case of this cake, I used strawberries and blueberries and made a big beautiful berry flower on top of the berry-filled cake. I was totally in love with the look of it. So bright, beautiful and summery.

Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake flavored with pureed strawberries and blueberries, layered with fresh berries and whipped cream! #pictureperfectplate
Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake flavored with pureed strawberries and blueberries, layered with fresh berries and whipped cream! #pictureperfectplate

One of my favorite looks for a cake is the naked look. I love being able to see the pretty layers and being naked, it’s even easier to put together, since you don’t have to worry about icing it.

For the layers of this cake, we’ve got a light vanilla cake, whipped cream and fresh Driscoll’s berries. And to take it up a notch, holes are poked into the cake layers and then strawberry and blueberry puree is poured over them. It adds even more berry flavor to every bite and makes the cake layers extra moist! Plus, it adds some extra color to the inside of the cake when you cut into it.

And don’t be intimidated by the big fruit flower on top. That’s probably the easiest way you could decorate a cake. Strawberries are sliced and placed around the outside of the cake in three rows, then the center of the flower is filled in with blueberries. The effect is striking, don’t you think?

Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake flavored with pureed strawberries and blueberries, layered with fresh berries and whipped cream! #pictureperfectplate
Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake flavored with pureed strawberries and blueberries, layered with fresh berries and whipped cream! #pictureperfectplate

This is a great cake for sharing with a group of friends. It makes a statement of it’s own and it’s a light treat that’s perfect for the warm weather. My parents have friends over every July 4th for dessert and if you’re anything like them, I know this cake could be the perfect dessert to share.

Also, if you are looking for other fun berry desserts, you can check out Driscoll’s recipe page. And if you have a love of berry fruit art, be sure to enter the Driscoll’s sweepstakes. Just create your own treat, upload a photo and tag it to win.

Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake flavored with pureed strawberries and blueberries, layered with fresh berries and whipped cream! #pictureperfectplate

More berry-filled treats:

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake
Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake
Triple Berry Trifle
Strawberry Cream Pie

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A Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake on a White Cake Stand
Recipe

Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 26 minutes
  • Total Time: 56 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake is light, fruity and the perfect dessert for sharing! It’s also easy to make and with the red and blue, it’s prefect for the Fourth of July!


Ingredients

CAKE

  • 1 1/2 cups (310g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (168g) salted butter, room temp
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (173g) sour cream
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2 1/2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk

STRAWBERRY PUREE

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) strawberry puree (from about 6 medium-large Driscoll’s strawberries)
  • 5 tbsp (75ml) water
  • 4 tsp sugar

BLUEBERRY PUREE

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) blueberry puree (from about 2/3 cup of Driscoll’s blueberries)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sugar

WHIPPED CREAM AND TOPPING

  • 2 1/2 cups (600ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/4 cups (144g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • additional strawberries and blueberries for flower on top*

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans by placing parchment paper circles in the bottom of the pans and greasing the sides.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until light in color and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
4. Add egg whites in two batches, beating until well combined after each addition.
5. Combine flour and baking powder in another bowl.
6. Alternating adding dry ingredients and milk to batter, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat until smooth after each addition. There should be three additions of dry ingredients and two additions of the milk.
7. Divide cake batter evenly between the three cake pans and bake for 23-26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.
8. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
9. While cakes cool, make the purees. You’ll make the strawberry puree mixture separately from the blueberry one and have more strawberry than blueberry. To puree the berries, add them separately to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
10. Add the water and sugar to the strawberry puree and stir until combined. Repeat with the blueberry puree. Set both aside.
11. To make whipped cream, whip heavy whipping cream until it begins to thicken.
12. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and whip until stiff peaks form.
13. To stack the cake, first remove the domes from the cakes with a large serrated knife. Then, use a small straw, or something similar, to poke holes in the top of each cake.
14. Place the first layer of cake on your cake plate. Spread half of the strawberry puree over the cake, so that it soaks into the holes.
15. Top cake with a layer of whipped cream. You’ll use about 2 cups of whipped cream per layer.
16. Top the whipped cream with blueberries and sliced strawberries.
17. Repeat layers 14-16 with the second layer of cake using the blueberry puree, whipped cream and berries.
18. Top the cake with the last layer of cake, using the other half of the strawberry puree, then spread with remaining whipped cream.
19. Slice remaining strawberries for use on the top of the cake to make the flower.
20. To make the flower, place slices of strawberries around the top edge of the cake, allowing the bottoms of the “petals” to touch. Make three rows of slices, overlapping them.
21. Fill in the center of the flower with blueberries.
22. Refrigerate cake until ready to use. Best if eaten within 2 days of making.

*You’ll l need a total of 1 pint of blueberries and about 1 1/2 pounds of strawberries for the full cake – the puree, fruits layers, and fruit flower topping


Keywords: vanilla layer cake recipe, vanilla cake recipe, berry dessert recipe, patriotic desserts, 4th of July dessert recipe

Enjoy!

Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake - layers of moist vanilla cake flavored with pureed strawberries and blueberries, layered with fresh berries and whipped cream! #pictureperfectplate

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97 Comments
  1. Sindhuja Vijayakamal

    Excellent recipe thank you! If wanted can we use this recipe to make fresh cream cupcakes?

  2. Kaydence

    We made this last night. Well my 14yr old did. It tyrn out so good but the whipped topping we added gelatin too for stabilizing. The cake is amazing and the puree on the cake is so yummy!!!

  3. Tevya Mathew

    This was an AMAZING recipe!!! I made this cake for my mom’s bday and it was very easy but so dang beautiful and delicious! I highly recommend this and I will be making it way more often now!

  4. Ben

    Question: if doing two layers would the bottom layer have all the strawberry purée and the top has blueberry? Cant wait to make this cake! Much love!

  5. Aparna

    Hi! Amazing recipe!!! I loved making this cake. It’s a perfect balance of moist vs sturdy where it doesn’t crumble. And tastes great after refrigeration too! I’m curious if you tried a chocolate cake version of this recipe w sour cream and butter, maybe replacing 6 egg whites to 3 eggs? Like your chocolate piñata cake (but with sour cream ibseatd). Please share! Thank you 😊

  6. Tevya Mathew

    I had a question about the recipe! If you wanted to make the recipe with two layers in mind would you just 2/3 the entire recipe or go for thicker cakes?

    1. Lindsay

      That’s totally your call. Either way should be fine, but two layers with the same amount of ingredients will be slightly denser cakes.

  7. Laura

    Made this recipe for my mom’s birthday and it was a hit! I used two 8 inch square pans instead of the three circular pans and it was enough batter for that. Texture was like a pound cake, the purée was delish, especially since it soaked into the layers! Poking holes with a straw made a huge difference, I’ll definitely be using that trick in the future!

  8. Ashton

    Hi Lindsay, I’m hoping you’ll see this as I’m making the cake right now! I only have one 9-inch pan that I’ll use 3 times. How high should the batter be?

  9. Ashley

    Would you be able to make the cakes the night before and add cream and berries the next day? And could the cakes be left at room temp overnight 

  10. Monique

    I was obsessed with the concept of this cake when I discovered the recipe, but I just made it and it was a complete fail 🙁 
    My cake, although I followed the recipe step by step, did not rise and so the ‘naked cake’ didn’t work out for me. My cake is very spongy. 
    And the whipped cream, doesn’t look as fluffy as yours in the photos, although I followed recipe step by step. Wonder what I did wrong with both the cake and cream! 

    1. Lindsay

      There could be a few reasons for the cake not turning out correctly, so it’s hard to say for sure. Things that typically affect the rise are not creaming the butter and sugar together fully, over mixing or using old baking powder.

      As for the cream, whipped cream is typically pretty straightforward. You may have needed to whip it longer. Also be sure you were using heavy whipping cream or heavy cream. Regular whipping cream has less fat and won’t whip quite as thick. I hope that helps.

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