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Strawberries & Cream Torte

 Strawberries & Cream Torte
This festive strawberry summer treat is one of my mom's favorites. It wows guests every time yet is simple to make. — Cathy Branciaroli, Wilmington, Delaware
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Additional fresh strawberries


  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30
  • minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 8-in.
  • round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Add egg yolks, beating well. Beat in vanilla.
  • In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed
  • mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Transfer to prepared pans.

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Strawberries & Cream Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add
  • remaining sugar, beating on high until sugar is dissolved. Continue
  • beating until soft peaks form. Spread over batter in pans.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out
  • clean. Cool completely in pans on wire racks. (Cake layers will be
  • thin.)
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Loosen edges of
  • cakes from pans with a knife. Carefully remove one cake to a serving
  • plate, meringue side up.
  • Arrange sliced strawberries over top; sprinkle with sugar. Gently
  • spread with half of the whipped cream. Top with remaining cake
  • layer, meringue side up; spread with remaining whipped cream. Top
  • with whole strawberries. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 267 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 158 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.