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Strawberry Sunshine Cake

"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


  • 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


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

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  • Karen
    Oct 25, 2017

    This is one of my most asked for cakes. I enjoy making it because it doesn't take that many ingredients and isn't that time consuming. Some suggestions for those of you that this cake did not work for:1. Ensure that there are no egg yolks in your whites, or they won't whip to the appropriate consistency. Also, only whip the eggs whites to medium peaks, so you have a safe guard during the folding in process. If you over whip them they will fall, and your cake won't rise, and will be tough.2. Do NOT open the oven during baking, or walk heavy in the kitchen. This is an aerated cake. It rises because of the air incorporated into it. If you are constantly opening and closing the oven the temperature changes and causes the are to leak out. If you are stomping around, it will fall due to vibrations.3. As soon as it comes out of the oven, turn the pan over onto a plate. This will allow it to stay upright, as well as, come out of the pan easier. You have to go around it with a knife, but it should pull away from the pan easily.I hope those tips help and you enjoy making this cake as much as I do!

  • annewithane
    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
    Mar 29, 2013

    Epic fail! Cake sunk after cooling.

  • ohiocook
    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
    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!!