This Swedish Meringue Cake is sponsored by Handsome Brook Farm. All opinions and this recipe are my own.
Phoenix is known for its scorching hot summers, but this summer has been especially blistering. When it gets this toasty. I don’t like to use the oven…at all. Instead, I try to make cool summer salads and entrees in the slow cooker, anything to keep the temperature down in the house.
My family still likes to eat dessert, so to avoid the oven, I try to look beyond traditional cake and cookies. This Swedish Meringue Cake, made with Handsome Brook Farm pasture raised organic eggs, is baked in the oven, but the oven is only turned on for 15 minutes. When finished, it becomes a light and airy dessert filled with fresh summer berries and fresh whipped cream.
Handsome Brook Farm Eggs
You never forget the taste of real farm-fresh eggs. When I was a young girl, my grandparents had a small farmhouse in upstate New York. In the backyard they had a chicken coop with 4-5 chickens. Each morning, my Babci (grandmother in Polish) would let the “little ladies” out of their coop into a field behind the house to roam and feed all day, while we went into the coop to get the eggs out of the nests. My grandmother would use those fresh eggs for breakfast, fried up in a pan with country ham and fried potatoes, then would use the rest of the eggs for the muffins, cakes, and pies she baked daily, using berries we picked in the back field. I got my love of baking using fresh wholesome ingredients from her.
Handsome Brook Farm eggs are different than most eggs you find at the grocery store. Not only are Handsome Brook Farm eggs organic, and not only are they pasture raised, but they are small-farm pasture raised. Not cage-free or free-range, small-farm pasture raised. What does this mean? Instead of 40,000 chickens cramped together in a small space as many of the factory farms have, Handsome Brook Farm is a collection of small organic farms, with 400 chickens per acre roaming free on each farm. Just like my grandmother did, Handsome Brook Farm let’s those “little ladies” roam! This means happy, healthy chickens, fresh golden yellow eggs, and healthier, more delicious dishes for my family. Guess what? A few of the farms Handsome Brook Farm works with are located about 90 minutes from where my grandparents farm was in upstate New York. Must be something in the upstate New York air and soil, you can really see and taste the difference!
Swedish Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries
I got this Swedish Meringue Cake recipe a few years ago from a family friend, Zazza, who grew up in Sweden. Known in Sweden as Marang Torta, this has a sponge cake with a fluffy meringue top, which is sliced in half and filled with whipped cream and berries. The perfect summer dessert!
Sponge Cake Layer
- 1 Stick of Butter (1/2 c.)
- ½ c. Caster (Bakers) Sugar
- 3 Handsome Brook Farm Egg Yolks
- ¾ c. Flour
- 2 tsp. Baking Powder
- ½ c. Milk
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grab a muffin tin and butter the inside of each tin generously. Set aside. Cream the butter and sugar together, then slowly blend in the egg yolks.
Add the baking powder and ¼ c. of the flour, blend together, then slowly fold in the remaining ½ cup of flour. Add the milk and whisk the batter together until well blended. Using a tablespoon, scoop about 2 tablespoons of batter into each muffin cup. Set aside.
- 3 Handsome Brook Farm Egg Whites
- Pinch of Cream of Tartar
- 1 c. Caster (Bakers) Sugar
Place the egg whites and cream of tartar into a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, slowly start to whip the egg whites together (on a lower setting) and gradually increase the speed of the electric mixer to high. Whip the whites until they form soft peaks. Add the sugar and continue beating until the soft peaks are glossy and stiff and stay in place when the beater is stopped.
You can either put the stiffened egg whites into a pastry bag to create pretty designs on the sponge cake batter or use a tablespoon and scoop about 2 tablespoons of meringue over the top of the sponge cake batter in each muffin cup. Place the muffin tray in the oven and bake 15 minutes, then turn the oven off and let the cake sit for about two hours. Remove from the oven and let cool.
- 1 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 Tbsp Confectioners’ Sugar
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Fresh Strawberries
- Fresh Blueberries
Whip the cream with the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until stiff. Wash and hull the strawberries and wash and dry the blueberries. Set aside. Carefully remove each meringue cake from the muffin tray and slice in half. Scoop a dollop of whipped cream onto the bottom half of each meringue cake add some berries, and then place the meringue top on the cake. Serve immediately.
A few baking notes:
Za-Za’s original recipe for Swedish Meringue Cake is made as a large cake, not individual cupcakes. If you prefer to make this as a large cake, place parchment paper on a baking sheet, divide the sponge cake batter into two large rounds on the baking sheet, and top those rounds with the meringue before baking, then bake as above.
Meringue can be tricky to make. Make certain the bowl you use to whip the egg whites is clean and dry and that you do not have even a drop of egg yolk in the whites. The first time I made meringue, I had a tiny bit of egg yolk in the batter and I could have whipped those egg whites for 10 hours straight and they never would have stiffened. Take your time cracking and dividing the whites from the yolks.
My oven runs a little hot, so the meringues came out a little more “golden” than I anticipated. If your oven runs hot too, start the baking at 300 degrees instead of 325 degrees, but still turn the oven off at 15 minutes.
I found Handsome Brook Farm eggs at my local Sprouts, but to find them near you, use their store locator. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, including some yummy recipe ideas and photos of their “little ladies”.