Chocolate strawberry meringue gateau

Layers of chocolate cake, meringue, strawberries and cream make this gateau the perfect dessert for a very special celebration.
choc-strawberry meringue gateau
1H 30M



1.Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F. Grease two 20cm (8-inch) round cake pans; line bases and sides with baking paper.
2.Beat butter, egg yolks and caster sugar in medium bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in combined sifted flour, cocoa and soda, then buttermilk. Divide mixture between pans.
3.Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form; gradually add extra caster sugar, a tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar dissolves between additions.
4.Divide meringue mixture over cake mixture in pans; using a spatula, spread meringue so cake mixture is completely covered. Sprinkle nuts over meringue mixture on one of the cakes.
5.Bake cakes 25 minutes. Cover pans loosely with foil; bake a further 20 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.
6.Beat cream and icing sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Place cake without nuts on serving plate; spread with cream mixture.Top with strawberries, then remaining cake.

This recipe is best made on the day of serving.


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