Fresh Berry Vanilla Layered Cake

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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 1x
  • 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!


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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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89 Comments
  1. Alexandra

    Hi there. Cake looks beautiful! I’m planning on making this for my son’s birthday. You think the whip cream and cake will hold up in the refrigerator over night? I would hate to make this the day before and have it flatten out overnight for the party.: Thank you!!!

    1. Lindsay

      Yes it should hold up fine. Just be sure to use all the powdered sugar listed in the whipped cream. It’s a stabilizer for it.

  2. Madeline

    Hello there, I was looking through the directions of this cake recipe and was wondering what the height of the 8 inch pan is that you used for this cake.

    Thank you,
    Madeline

  3. Celine

    Hi!! This cake looks amazing, I just finished making the cake part. Unfortunately my edges did not brown beautifully like yours, all the cakes are super pale all around. Any advice to fix this?? Since frosting won’t be covering the edges I want it to look pretty! (I did also use cake strips around my pans while baking to keep the cakes level, this may have had an effect…

    1. Lindsay

      The cake strips could be the reason. Since not as much heat reaches the sides of the pan, they may not brown as much.

  4. Amy

    Just to clarify, does the blueberry purée have sugar, too? I wasn’t sure as directions say add blueberry purée and 1 tsp blueberries.  Planning to make this for my moms birthday.  Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      Gosh, I’m surprised nobody has pointed that out before! Yes, that should be sugar. I’ve updated it. Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      I think people do that with success. I usually find that it alters the texture and moisture of cakes a bit, but you could try it.

  5. Courtney Larocque

    Hey Lindsay , love love your website!!!!
    You have a talent for making food look like an art piece , this cake is so beautiful it belongs in a art gallery. I would love to make this cake for my 23rd birthday, quick question for the purees can you use frozen and thawed fruit instead of fresh?
    Thanks Courtney

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Hi Courtney! Thank you! Yes I think frozen fruit would be fine. Just try to drain as much of the water from the frozen fruit as you can. Happy Birthday!

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