Princess Diana's Birthday Cake

Recipe by Molly53
READY IN: 50mins




  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • To make cake: Grease bottom and sides of two 8- or 9-inch round layer-cake pans.
  • Line bottoms with parchment or waxed paper; grease paper.
  • Add granulated sugar to each pan, tilt to coat bottom and sides; shake out excess.
  • Beat eggs in a large bowl with electric mixer on high speed until pale, about 1 minute.
  • Gradually add the 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating about 2 minutes (or more, as needed) until mixture is thick, tripled in volume and forms a slowly dissolving ribbon when beaters are lifted.
  • Working quickly, stir in water and vanilla.
  • Fold in flour mixture just until completely blended.
  • Pour into prepared pans.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes until tops are lightly browned and toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans on rack 10 minutes.
  • Run thin-bladed knife between sides of pans and cakes to loosen.
  • Invert pans on rack; peel off paper and cool completely.
  • To make filling: Beat cream and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted.
  • Gradually beat in sugar until cream is of spreading consistency.
  • To assemble: Slice each layer in half horizontally, using a long serrated knife.
  • Place one layer on serving plate, spread with 1 cup whipped cream, top with one-third of the sliced berries.
  • Repeat with two more layers.
  • Place remaining layer on top; spread remaining cream over sides and top.
  • Garnish with reserved berries.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.