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Strawberry Meringue Cake combines four crispy meringues, luscious strawberry slices and sweet, decadent mascarpone cream for the ultimate spring dessert! 

I’m always certain of a hit when I bake up a strawberries and cream dessert recipe like this one. This was a winner!

 
Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake on a white cake plate. The cake is garnished with a pile of sliced fresh strawberries on top

Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake

My family loves all things meringue! From crisp meringue cookies, to meringue topped pies to desserts like this dreamy Strawberry Pavlova, Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie and this Strawberry Filled Meringue Roulade. Raspberries and blueberries are definitely not at their peak in early spring, but I’ve found some incredibly fragrant and sweet strawberries at the market. There’s no better way to usher in the spring season than a sinful strawberries and cream dessert like this strawberry meringue cake.

Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake from above on a white cake stand

An Encore Strawberry Dessert

The first time I made strawberry meringue cake was for Easter, about 5 years ago. Easter happened to coincide with Bill’s birthday and our wedding anniversary, all in early April. A celebratory cake was definitely in order.

I spied the Strawberry Meringue Cake recipe in my April issue of Southern Living. This layered dessert is the epitome of spring. Eliminating the pecans, which were blended into the meringue, was a must for my picky family; but otherwise, I followed the recipe as written.

Four layers of meringue were filled with a sublime, doctored up whipped cream and sliced berries. Yes, this strawberry dessert is as incredible as it sounds. We all licked our plates clean.

Side view of Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake on a white porcelain cake stand

How to Slice Strawberry Meringue Cake

You may have noticed there’s no perfect slice of this exquisite cake artfully placed on a plate. Yeah, it can be a bit of a challenge to slice through 4 layers of meringue.

  • PRO-Tip: I suggest using a serrated knife with a sawing motion. But once the meringues get a little “squidgy” (Nigella’s term), you may give up on anything beyond getting some of the cake onto a plate.
  • That’s what I did this time around. This is one of those desserts that’s best on the day it is made, but it’s definitely still swoon-worthy the next day. If you’re making it for company, just have all the components ready to go, then assemble just before they arrive.
  • P.S. Once a few slices are removed, keep an eye on your masterpiece. My leaning tower of cake threatened to collapse, but held its own overnight. Save this Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake recipe for the next time you spot gorgeous, ripe strawberries in the market.  See the evidence below that this cake can be sliced (photo circa 2012).

Check out this Simple Meringue Cookie recipe for tips on how to make the perfect meringue if this process is new to you. The most important take away is to use a bowl and beaters free from any grease, oil or egg yolk or your whites will not whip.

Strawberry Meringue Cake 2012

This Strawberry Meringue Cake was originally posted in 2014. The photos and text have been updated.

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Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake | A luscious dessert with layers of baked meringue, fresh strawberries and mascarpone whipped cream!

Strawberry Meringue Cake

Layers of meringue filling with fresh strawberries and mascarpone whipped cream!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 7 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 16 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 4 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, plus some halved berries to garnish the top of the cake

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°.
  2. Cover 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Draw 2 (8-inch) circles on each piece of paper. Turn parchment over and use masking tape to adhere to sheets.
  3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add salt and cornstarch. Gradually add 1½ cups of the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Place one-quarter of egg white mixture onto circles drawn on parchment paper (about 1½ cups mixture per circle), spreading to cover each circle completely.
  5. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, turning baking sheets after 30 minutes. Turn oven off; let meringues stand in closed oven with light on 2 to 2½ hours or until surface is dry/not sticky.
  6. To assemble, beat together mascarpone cheese and vanilla in a large bowl just until blended.
  7. Beat whipping cream on low until foamy, then increase speed to medium-high, and gradually add remaining ½ cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture.
  8. Carefully remove 1 meringue from parchment paper; place on a serving plate. Spread a quarter of the mascarpone mixture (about 2 cups) over meringue, then top with a third of the berries (1½ cups). Repeat layers 2 times; top with remaining meringue, mascarpone mixture, and finally the halved strawberries. Serve immediately, or chill up to 2 hours. Cut with a serrated knife.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Southern Living.

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126 comments on “Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake”

  1. You outdid yourself, my friend. This looks like heaven on a plate.
    Amalia
    xo

  2. Stunning! Love these layers, Liz! I might go with the pecans.

  3. W-O-W. This is incredible! Fresh, refreshing, full of strawberry goodness. Lovely!

  4. Wow, this is gorgeous and so fresh and delicious looking! Love that strawberries!

  5. That slice doesn’t look squidgy at all. It looks divine. GREG

  6. This cake is such a beauty, Liz! Can’t wait for our local strawberries to be ready so I can make this! 🙂

  7. Strawberrys starts here this month! Your cake is stunning Liz !

  8. All of these layers are incredible! So beautiful!

  9. im absolutely in love with everything about this cake!

  10. Perfect for spring! Your desserts are always so gorgeous, and this is no exception.

  11. You could show this to me once a month. I don’t care if you have to serve it with a big spoon. That’s just wonderful.

  12. This beauty is perfect for celebrating special occasions and great for spring.

  13. That strawberry meringue cake is on my list~! What a beautiful finale for an Easter dinner~!

  14. Gosh, I need some of these too, babe! xoxo

  15. What a gorgeous cake and that meringue is perfect! I love that it has mascapone in it also! WOW

  16. One of the prettiest strawberry desserts I’ve ever seen! 

  17. This cake is gorgeous!!! Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

  18. This is definitely one of those must-try dessert recipes!

  19. Your desserts are so gorgeous, Liz! This is just pure art!

  20. I love how light this dessert is, and such a showstopper too. Beautiful!

  21. I can think of a million events this needs to be served at. So beautiful.

  22. Such a stunning meringue cake.. Perfect for the summer. So beautifully photographed as well.

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