How do you like your cake? Often we just top it with frosting and enjoy – but occasionally we’ve done things like stuffed it with cream cheese and fried it into French Toast. But recently we caramelized it under a broiler, added some homemade whipped cream and added some fresh berries. This is a delicious spin on a sweet brunch or a dessert.
This recipe can be made with your favorite homemade angel food cake recipe (can we suggest our gluten free angel food cake?) or with the store-bought variety. However, if you buy a pre-made cake, look for one that is not packaged inside a disposable baking pan. The exterior of cakes sold like this tend to be very sticky, which makes them more difficult to slice. Look for one that is packaged with just plastic wrap around it for protection, instead.
- 1 pint Heavy Whipped Cream
- 1-2 Tbsp real Maple Syrup
- 1 Angel Food Cake, homemade or purchased
- 5 Tbsp unsalted Butter, melted
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and cut into chunks or slices
- 1/2 pint fresh blueberries, washed
- In a large glass bowl, blend 1 pint of heavy whipping cream with a hand or immersion blender until it doubles in size and changes texture. Then, drizzle maple syrup into the bowl and continue blending until the mixture is light and fluffy. Set aside.
- Place your oven’s top rack on the highest setting and turn the broiler on high.
- Due to its round shape, angel food cake is normally cut into a series of wedges. However, the pieces will not brown evenly under the broiler if cut like this. Instead, carefully slice the angel food cake with a sharp knife into equally thick sections by making a series of parallel 2” wide cuts, starting on one side of the cake and working toward the opposite side. Trim the pieces so they are all approximately the same size. The result should be uniformly sized pieces that will brown evenly.
- Place the angel food cake slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and brush the top with melted butter. Turn over each piece and repeat on the other side.
- Place baking sheet under the broiler until a golden-brown crust starts to form. (You may need to rotate the baking sheet to get uniform results). Keep a close eye on the cake during this time because it can burn very quickly. Once toasted, remove baking sheet from oven and turn over each piece of angel food cake. Place back under the broiler and toast the remaining side until golden brown.
- To serve, arrange toasted slices on individual serving plates and top with maple whipped cream and fresh berries.