If you really want to impress your friends at dinner, this Mixed Berry Cake Parfait is sure to do the trick. I saw a photo of something like this on Pinterest and had to replicate. Heatherʼs house seemed like the perfect occasion. Her house is picture party perfect all the time, and it made the perfect backdrop to debut this marvelous concoction. It may seem like a lot of steps, but you could easily make the cake in advance or use a vanilla cake mix. I wont tell. The vanilla cake recipe came from the Food Networkʼs website. This recipe is perfect for a large dinner party because you can prepare all the elements in advance and assemble quickly for a crowd.
Mixed Berry Compote Ingredients:
1/2 pint blue berries
1/2 pint of black berries
1/2 pint of raspberries
7-10 strawberries cut into bite size pieces
Mix all berries together
Vanilla Cake Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature + 1 tbs for greasing pan 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting on pan.
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup of water
Whipped Cream Ingredients:
1 pint heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners or bakers sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13 x 9 baking dish. Dust the pan with flour, tap out any excess flour.
Mix the flour, baking powder & salt together in one bowl. Using a mixer on medium high speed, beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed on the mixer to medium and add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
In another bowl mix the 1/2 cup of water with the 1/2 cup of cream.
Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture in three batches, alternating with 1/2 water and cream mixture each time & ending with the flour mixture. Mix until smooth.
Place mixture in the baking dish and bake for 30- 35 minutes until the cake is fully cooked. You should be able to put a toothpick through the middle and have nothing stick when you pull it out.
Let the cake cool. When cool, cut out 6 rounds using the mouth of 1/2 pint Ball jar and a paring knife. The round must be slightly smaller than the opening to fit through nicely. Set aside.
Make the whip cream using a hand mixer or just some good old fashioned elbow grease. Whip the cream until it almost has stiff peaks, then add the sugar & vanilla. Beat again until the peaks are stiffer.
To assemble the parfaits I used 1/2 pint ball jars. I placed a layer of berries then the cake followed by whipped cream, more berries, then cream again. Top with some berries for garnish. For more about the dinner this was made for click here.