Meet the Cook: The reason this is such a favorite is it's a little different yet quick and easy. At one time, my husband was a mess sergeant in the National Guard. When it came to cooking, there was always a little discussion over doing it my way or the Army way! We have four grown children and five grandchildren. -Alyce Kafka, Wagner, South Dakota
Recommended: 14 Chocolate-Strawberry Recipes
VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
- 4 eggs, separated
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 2 cups whipped topping
- 3 to 3-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting four egg yolks for the whole eggs. Pour the batter into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
- In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Carefully spread over batter; sprinkle with almonds and remaining sugar.
- Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until meringue is golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, meringue side up, to cool completely.
- Place one cake with meringue side up on a serving plate. Spread with half of the whipping topping and top with half of the strawberries. Layer with remaining cake, topping and berries. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Special Strawberry Torte in Country Woman May/June 1998, p31