Strawberry Sunshine Cake Recipe
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Strawberry Sunshine Cake Recipe

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"With fluffy whipped topping frosting an a fresh strawberry filling and garnish, this impressive three-layer sponge cake is a scrumptious summer dessert," writes Rosemary Binette of Les Cedres, Quebec. "For best results, be sure to slice it with a serrated knife."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 cup egg whites (about 7)
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon each almond, lemon and vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • Additional strawberries

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 193 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Let egg whites stand for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar. Stir in water and extracts. Sift flour twice; gradually add to yolk mixture and mix well (batter will be very thick).
  2. In a large bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form; set aside. Fold into egg yolk mixture just until blended.
  3. Spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets; smooth the top. Bake at 325° for 50-55 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add ice water and stir. Place bowl in ice water for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Fold in strawberries and 1/2 cup whipped topping.
  5. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Split horizontally into three layers; place bottom layer on a serving plate. Spread with half of the gelatin mixture. Repeat. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides with remaining whipped topping. Garnish with strawberries. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Strawberry Sunshine Cake in Country Woman May/June 2001, p40

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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annewithane User ID: 1350782 72581
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"So frustrating! This was a birthday cake for a fellow worker. Followed recipe exactly and not only did the cake not rise, but it stuck to the pan. I had to use a spatula to dig the cake out.

I question that the pan is not greased or sprayed. Open to suggestions. Would like to try again, but would hate to waste another set of ingredients."

joyfulcooking User ID: 2406951 118436
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Epic fail! Cake sunk after cooling."

ohiocook User ID: 3758696 86805
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"This cake brings together one of my all time favorite combo of flavors: vanilla, lemon, and almond extract. Deliciously light and refreshing! I used a buttercream frosting instead of the whipped topping with the same combination of extracts added in."

Crystal Briddick Stanley User ID: 3359356 86800
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"I made this recipe every time I made a sponge cake, and loved it. WELL... I lost the recipe, and tried all sorts of other sponge cake recipes, but never liked them. I decided to search for the recipe on, and found it. Can't wait to make it again!!"

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