Canada Day Flag Cake

Recipe by Lennie
READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 18
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition

DIRECTIONS

  • First, make the cake.
  • Preheat oven to 350F; have ready an ungreased 13x9 oblong pan.
  • Using a flour sifter, sift together flour and salt, then return to sifter and set aside.
  • In large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy; sprinkle with cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add half of the sugar to the whites, beating until stiff glossy peaks form.
  • In another large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and remaining sugar until thickened; stir in orange rind and juice.
  • Fold this into the egg whites.
  • Sift flour, a third at a time, over the egg mixture, gently folding in each addition.
  • Place this batter into the 13x9 pan and bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until spongy to a light touch.
  • Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn cake out onto a wire rack to let it cool completely (if possible, wrap and store for 1 day; cake can also be frozen for up to 2 months).
  • When ready, make the filling and decoration.
  • Hull and slice about one-quarter of the strawberries.
  • Whip the cream; stir icing sugar and vanilla into whipped cream.
  • Using a long serrated knife, cut cake horizontally in half and put one layer, cut side up, on a large serving tray.
  • Spread with about one-third of the whipped cream mixture and cover with a single layer of sliced strawberries.
  • Carefully put the top layer, cut side down, over the berries.
  • Spread remaining cream over top and sides.
  • Now, cut the remaining berries in half and arrange in overlapping rows, cut side down, forming 2 side bands and a maple leaf in centre.
  • Use any remaining berries as a garnish around the sides of the cake.