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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 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, it’s 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
  • 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.

More Easy Spring Recipes:

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Cakes, Pies, and Sweets

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Pastas

Seafood

Veggies and Sides

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116 comments on “Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake”

  1. What a gorgeous and towering cake!

  2. Oh My God !!!!!! They look gorgeous , decadent , delicious ,I could go on and on and on Lizzy 🙂 , seriously I can’t stop looking at this 😀 . Happy Easter to you and your family .

  3. The most beautiful meringue cake that I’ve seen so far ! It looks absolutely fabulous ! Of course , I have to click the photos so that I can see it in full glory hahahha Two thumbs up , Lizzy !

  4. I want to bite into this so bad! Loving the towering layers. Beautifully presented Liz! 🙂

  5. Lizzy that is soooooo gorgeous!

  6. You are an absolute baking queen my friend – how you can be so perfect is beyond me 😀

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Happy Anniversary!

    This is a fabulous way to celebrate!!!

  8. GORGEOUS meringue cake ! Looks fantastic ! Happy Anniversary & Happy Easter, Lizzy! 🙂

  9. Liz, this is like the best dessert ever!!! I love meringue and strawberries, this is just to perfect!

    Happy Anniversary! 26 years, wow!!! Happy birthday to Bill too!!!

  10. WOW! This is incredible!! Stunner! I would be tempted to shalack (sp?) it and keep forever, it’s so gorgeous.

  11. Wow!! Lizzy, I want to have a slice too :)))) Love the towering and Happy Easter to you and your family!

  12. What a beautiful towering masterpiece to celebrate a beautiful occasion. Wishing you many more.

  13. So pretty! And it is strawberry season here already. Great for a “wow” dessert!

  14. Congratulations on the anniversary. Because you are celebrating so many occasions, everyone is allowed to have a very large slice, followed by seconds:)

  15. Happy wedding anniversary, Liz! This cake looks simply divine! Probably the most impressive thing I have seen on internet for a very long time.

  16. Hey Miss Skinny, now we’re in two recipe clubs together b/c I just joined the holiday recipe club too (also in SRC)! This is a thing of beauty, my friend. I would have eaten that top layer no matter where it landed! 🙂

  17. Lizzy, you have out done yourself! This is beautiful!

  18. Your pictures are so inviting

  19. You, strawberry lover! 🙂 It looks just delicious! 🙂

  20. Now THAT is a cake! Looks stunning, and sounds delicious! Have a great weekend of celebrating!

  21. This is a beautiful cake! Looks very tasty, I know it wouldn’t last too long in my house! Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday to Bill and Happy Easter! 🙂

  22. so many celebrations! wishing u a wonderful anniversary.. the cake looks lovely… truly a work of art (and patience)

  23. This is so pretty Liz and quite frankly that slice looks perfect considering the texture of meringue. It’s sounds edu light and refreshing. No wonder everyone loved it.

    As for posting I’ve cute back my posts as well. For me, I found myself spending more time online than with my family most evenings and realized I needed to cut back. It’s hard especially when you enjoy sharing recipes and comments with blogger friends.

    Have a Happy Easter!

  24. This looks fabulously elegant. Great job! Happy wedding anniversary 🙂

  25. Gorgeous! Unfortunately I am not a meringue fan.

  26. Look amazing Lizzy! Love the pictures lovely! and well you will post twice a week or twice a day LOL ha, you are so cute!!

  27. As always this is Presidential Worthy to serve… my goodness you need to be catering for top officials! Awesome job!

  28. I saw this photo in the blog hop this morning& I should have known you were the one to make this gorgeous gorgeous cake! Really incredible!! Happy anniversary! Happy birthday to Bill & Happy Easter! 🙂

  29. That cake is gorgeous but I can definitely see how slicing would be an issue!

  30. Happy Anniversary and Happy Easter! (we have the same thing happen to us in December – my birthday, our anniversary and Christmas back to back to back)

    Absolutely beautiful cake and amazing pick for the club!

  31. Boy, stunning! Do you have some calorie filter embedded in your system? ;p

  32. Oh my that looks spectacular!

  33. That is truly impressive. I would of had tears in my eyes if one of the layers slide off.

  34. happy anniversary!! this cake is stunning

  35. *drools* oh baby…. please come make this for me when it’s my birthday, Lizzy???? 😀

  36. This really looks incredible. Happy Anniversary and have a lovely weekend.

  37. –Is this a joke?

    Or are you trying to give me a fatter ass?

    Spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Wow, what a glorious cake! Does the meringue stay crisp long enough?
    Happy anniversary! 🙂

  39. Absolutely gorgeous!

  40. I’d be thrilled if this tower of pleasure leaned toward me! Happy 26th anniversary and happy birthday to Bill! Magnificent dessert!

  41. Talk about a dreamy dessert! I’m not even a dessert person but I’m pretty sure I could do some serious damage to the magnificent tower of meringue!

  42. So pretty! Like one big fat strawberry shortcake

  43. That is one *amazing* cake Lizzy – meringues, cream, strawberries… what could be better? My wife likes a strawberry-based cake each year for her birthday – I’m going to save this for her in August! 🙂

  44. Talk about a show-stopper, Lizzy! Gorgeous and totally worth plate-licking!

  45. This is so stunning!! Happy Birthday to Bill and Happy Anniversary!!

  46. Another Great looking cake recipe,looks gorgeous as always,,,YUMMY,,,I’m a big fan of strawberry 🙂
    Ridwan

  47. Oh my god!!!!!! Lizzy, you are a dessert queen! I don’t know anyone who makes so many varieties of desserts in my life and you continue to impress me. If you have a dessert store, I think it’s the most popular store in your town!!! Absolutely gorgeous cake. I have never seen “homemade” cake this beautiful in front of me in my life!

  48. What a delicious stack of fruit and cream-yum! Also, not just any fruit and cream-strawberries and marscapone, irresistible. You did a great job on the presentation. I am sure the stacking of the layers was not an easy task! Happy Easter!

  49. This looks amazing, Liz! I was thinking about making something similar for Passover.

  50. WOW this cake looks amazing and delicious, beautiful job!!!

  51. That looks tricky! Good job! 🙂

  52. Lizzy- I do have this issue of S.Living with the cake on the front cover. Wow! Soooo superb, and totally elegant…gorgeous!
    This cake would sure be a big hit for Easter…you’re on vacation, and every day I see more, and more amazing things you made before you left? …or are you baking there too?

  53. Wow, this is one beautiful cake. Good job Lizzy.

  54. Happy Anniversary.!. that tall tower is gorgeous!

  55. Wow is all I can say! You did a fantastic job! Happy Anniversary:)

  56. Wow, what stunner! Wishing you guys a happy anniversary and a happy birthday to Bill as well!

  57. Lizzu,

    What a gorgeous cake with all of the layers of marscapone and strawberries, delicious. Happy Anniversary and Have a Happy Easter, too.

  58. Simply GORGEOUS! What a lovely cake! Happy berrylove!

  59. Lizzy.. how the heck did I miss this beautiful… dazzling dessert!! I mean it took my breath away!! Wow!! You are the queen of desserts… I have to get you a crown! Happy wedding anniversary and Birthday to your hubby! 26 years!! Congratulations!! All the best for 26 more!! Have a spectacular celebration. ~Ramona

  60. That is a beautiful stack you got there. I don’t mind having a slice or two. 🙂 Have a happy Easter! 🙂

  61. That is a beautiful stack you got there. I don’t mind having a slice or two. 🙂 Have a happy Easter! 🙂

  62. OMG!!! Can’t stop looking!!!! 😀

    Happy #berrylove to you

  63. I can see why you’d need to keep an eye on this thing – it really looks like it’s about to topple! Of course, I’m sure you’d also have to keep an eye on it or it might “mysteriously disappear” if you didn’t!

  64. I find it hilarious that the top layer slid off–typical meringue. This cake looks lovely, and I appreciate that it’s even pretty Passover-friendly!

  65. This looks amazing. I would love to dig in and have a gigantic slice. Even though it is decadent it will be so light too.

  66. This is absolutely amazing. I love the strawberries and cream with delicious meringue. Great job!

  67. Lizzy, you know how to come up trumps to celebrate, my friend. This is stunning and looks scrumptious. What a tower. Enjoy a fabulous Easter weekend, Happy Anniversary and Joyeux Anniversaire to Bill. Fabulous!

  68. GORGEOUS!! My boyfriend is currently giving me the puppy dog eyes asking “Please? Make this now? Pleeeease!” Lol

  69. wow, now that’s a showstopper for sure!! How did it not topple over when you cut it?! Happy Anniversary! This is definitely a cake for a celebration!

  70. OMG Lizzy, this is an amazing creation!! So stunning! A very Happy Anniversary x

  71. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I can see why the whole fam loved it. The perfect spring dessert. Great job and good luck on reducing your posts. I think you have so much fun with blogging you might be unsuccessful! hehe! Happy Easter!

  72. that’s an extra tall cake but I’m pretty sure that I can manage to eat it

  73. what a gorgeous and pretty cake dear..

  74. Happy Anniversary! Wow that is one gorgeous cake!

  75. Happy (waaaaay belated) anniversary and happy birthday to Bill! I’m so behind in reading and just now finally getting to this…

    I don’t know how to describe my happiness and awe for this cake. Simple phenomenal. It’s simple. It’s incredible. It’s fresh. Wow – there’s just so much that’s RIGHT about this…love it.

  76. That is beautiful. Win win a beauty pageant.

  77. ooooooh, that is BEAUTIFUL! I love it.

  78. Lizzy, I know I’ve already expressed my love for this cake, but… I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure to be following your creations…

  79. Oh my goodness – what a gorgeous cake! It almost looks too good to eat (but I would certainly work my way through that, of course 😉

  80. Squiggly or not, this strawberry gem is definitely a celebration dessert for Easter, anniversary or Sunday Supper! Thank you for the slicing tips =)

  81. Work of. Art what a masterpiece

  82. That looks like absolute heaven, but there is definitely no neat slice coming out of that! Who cares though? It looks beautiful whole and is sure to taste great on the plate!

  83. Dry meringue, creamy filling and fruit…beautiful combo! Your photos are stunning. And you sliced that cake expertly!

  84. Hi Liz, this cake is stunning, a real show stopper, I can see why your whole family loved this. I have never cooked with meringue before and to be honest am a little afraid of the process, It’s desserts like this that make me want to try;)

  85. Oh my gosh this looks incredible. All of your recipes look and sound amazing, but this one looks so impressive and yet still fresh and light. Can’t wait to make it!

    And Happy Anniversary!

  86. This is just stunning!!!!
    A real statement dessert.
    Would be the perfect end to an Easter Feast 😀

  87. Such a beautiful cake and beyond perfect for spring!

  88. My birthday and wedding anniversary is also in early April and
    I think this cake will do just fine! Beautiful~
    Lynn

  89. Oh yes those wonderful finds of good out of season berries that feel like summer! And all topped on meringue, looks so amazing.

  90. Well the presentation prior to cutting is breathtaking.

  91. This is such a beautiful dessert! You know my love for Florida Strawberries and this is perfection!

  92. Looks absolutely beautiful! It reminds me of Eton mess ingredients-wise (which is a favorite) but much more elegant!

  93. Happy Anniversary (31, if I’m not mistaken). What a beautiful cake, I adore anything meringue and what a coincidence that I just bought strawberries yesterday!

  94. I can never resist strawberries, Liz! Lovely bake! xoxo

  95. How pretty your cake is! I can imagine it must be a bit tricky to cut a meringue cake, but it all tastes the same on the plate.

  96. This sounds delicious, I love all those layers you’ve got going on!

  97. The cake that would make me walk to IN to share a slice with you! OMG this cake is seriously gorgeous and sounds absolutely heavenly. Just perfection!

  98. This is easily one of the most beautiful cakes I’ve ever seen! And it’s so dramatic with all those layers :). Happy first day of spring, Liz!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  109. 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.

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

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

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

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

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