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Strawberry Meringue Cake


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups orange juice
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, divided


  • 1. Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, orange juice, egg yolks and orange zest; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans; set aside.
  • 3. In a large bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar, a tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form. Spread the meringue evenly over cake batter.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool in pans on wire racks (meringue will crack).
  • 5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Mash 1/2 cup of strawberries with remaining sugar; fold into whipped cream.
  • 6. Loosen edges of cakes from pans with a knife. Using two large spatulas, carefully remove one cake to a serving platter, meringue side up. Carefully spread with about two-thirds of the cream mixture. Slice the remaining berries; arrange half over cream mixture. Repeat layers. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 337 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 231mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


Average Rating: 5
  • tagatone
    Aug 14, 2014

    I have been making this recipe, with the exception that I use a Strawberry Cake Mix, for my daughters birthday for the last 25 years. I found the recipe on the inside of a egg carton.

  • krislix
    Apr 30, 2013

    Made this for an outdoor get together and everyone loved it.

  • ashd052406
    Oct 22, 2012

    I made this recipe a month ago. I had some un expected company coming that night and I had some strawberries I was needing to use up. I followed the recipe exactly... I had some trouble getting the cakes out of the pans due to the meringue but will some work I got them out in one piece. (next time I will use wax paper). I was so scared to serve this cake, due to never trying anything like this before... but it was a huge hit, there was only two pieces left over and my husband who never raves about any cakes loved it soo much I am making it today for his birthday!

  • behannabl
    Jul 21, 2010

    This is fairly easy to make, it looks like a lovely, and it tastes out of this world. The orange juice and zest really makes this one!

    Jun 29, 2010

    This cake is absolutely wonderful!! There is nothing I would change about the recipe as it is already perfect! I've made it many times, and as a treat for a special co-worker. Every year she gets so excited when it's her birthday because she knows she is going to get this cake. :)

  • jetlears
    Dec 31, 1969

    I made this for my daughters birthday and it was amazing. The orange juice makes this cake so moist. I used parchment paper on the bottom of the cake pan.

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