For the Dense, moist, buttery almond cake with whole blackberries, topped with blackberry jam, blackberry whipped cream and meringue – Blackberry Almond Meringue Cake is a show stopper dessert that’s worth the effort. Save time and make the sheet cake version or impress your family with the layer cake. Both are absolutely amazing.
A few weeks ago a friend invited me to a soiree. A professional violist wanted to perform in an informal setting so my friend offered her house. In addition to the violist, other friends played piano and guitar pieces.
Her invitation was last minute. She called me on Saturday morning and the event was that evening. I’m always called on to make desserts so I volunteered even with the short time frame.
I found the original recipe for this blackberry almond meringue cake on BBC food. The BBC recipe made a beautiful layer cake but the comments indicated some things needed to change. Back in December I made the layer cake version for colleagues who were leaving. The flavor was truly amazing.
The light as air meringue on top is a perfect contrast for the heavy cake but the whipped cream filling isn’t sturdy enough to hold the top layer of the cake up. So it oozed out the sides. I had to clean the plate up before serving it to my colleagues and it was messy to eat.
For the soiree, I decided to make a sheet cake version with small meringues instead of one big one for the topping. I thought each slice could have it’s own little meringue. You could save time by just topping with store bought meringues but those are full of sugar. I reduced the sugar in mine because the rest of the cake is sweet.
Ok, the sheet cake isn’t much to look at in the pan. Although it isn’t as elegant as the layer cake version, everyone LOVED it. Since the soiree, I’ve bumped into a few of the guests at other events. They may not remember my name but they remember that cake!
The blackberry almond cake is good enough to be served plain. Dust it with some powdered sugar and you’ve got an amazing coffee cake. The rest of the layers just make it more special.
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