Fresh berries flavor cake

RECIPE FINDER

May 31, 2006|By JULIE ROTHMAN | JULIE ROTHMAN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Susan Rose of Baltimore was looking for a recipe from the 1960s for a refrigerator cake made with fresh strawberries, angel food cake, Jell-O and other ingredients.

Ele Piche of Fort Collins, Colo., sent in a recipe for Strawberry Angel Dessert that sounds similar to what Rose was looking for. The recipe was her mother-in-law's and is a family favorite.

I tested this recipe using store-bought angel food cake and fresh local strawberries. I used an angel food cake pan with a removable bottom, which made it easier to unmold the cake once it had chilled overnight.

I recommend freezing the cake so that it holds together better when unmolded. If it falls apart some when you turn it out, you can disguise any imperfections with the whipped-cream topping.

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Strawberry Angel Dessert

Serves 10 to 12

1 1/4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and mashed

one 3-ounce package strawberry Jell-O

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (optional, see note)

4 cups vanilla ice cream

1 angel food cake (homemade or store-bought), torn into bite-size pieces

1 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons of instant vanilla-pudding mix (optional; use if sugar, vanilla not used)

whole fresh strawberries for garnish

Combine mashed strawberries with Jell-O powder in a saucepan and heat on medium until Jell-O dissolves. Remove from heat. Add ice cream cut into chunks. Stir well, leaving some small chunks of ice cream.

In angel food cake pan, make 3 layers of the torn cake topped with Jell-O mixture. Pat down each layer gently. Refrigerate or freeze overnight.

To serve, whip cream with sugar and vanilla or, for more stability, omit vanilla and sugar and add 3 tablespoons of instant vanilla-pudding mix. Turn cake out and frost with the whipped cream. Garnish with the whole strawberries.

Note: One tablespoon of Grand Marnier can be added to the Jell-O mixture to enhance flavor.

Per serving (based on 12 servings): 341 calories, 7 grams protein, 13 grams fat, 8 grams saturated fat, 52 grams carbohydrate, trace fiber, 47 milligrams cholesterol, 413 milligrams sodium

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