strawberry meringue cake
recipe by Bake My Day!
For the sponge:
50 gr (2oz) butter, plus extra for greasing
125 gr (4oz) caster sugar
1/2 ts vanilla essence
4 large egg yolks
125 gr (4oz) ap flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbs milk

- Preheat the oven to 160C (=fan assisted convection oven, 180C or 350F)
- 2 round cake tins 20 cm (8in) preferrably spring form, lined with parchment paper, bottom and sides. Leave a 2.5 cm (1in) collar above the rim in case you have a low rimmed form.**

Cream butter and sugar together until light n fluffy. Add vanilla, yolks one by one, beat thoroughly after the addition of each one.

Sift the flour and baking powder on a sheet and fold into the egg mixture, alternating with the milk. Divide the mixture between the tins and spread the mixture evenly using the back of a spoon.

for the Meringue
4 large egg whites
200 gr (7oz) caster sugar
3 tbs almond flour (or 50 gr flaked almonds)

Whisk egg whites until stiff but not dry. Add half the sugar, whisk until stiff and glossy, sprinkle remaining sugar on top and fold into meringue. Either sprinkle one of the meringues with the almonds, or fold almond flour into half of the meringue mixture. Divide meringue between tins, on top of the uncooked batter and level the tops.

Bake cakes in a preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until golden on top and/or shrunk slightly from the sides of the tins. Unmold very carefully and let cool on a wire rack. Sponge side down of course!
 
Assembly
250 ml whipping cream
500 gr (1 lb) strawberries

Slice strawberries, reserve a couple of the most beautiful to use as decoration on top. Whip cream, either with a little sugar added or just plain, until it holds shape and spread on the cake without the almonds. Top this cream layer with the sliced strawberries.

Put the second cake on top of the sliced strawberries (again, sponge side down) and decorate with icing sugar and the reserved pretty strawberries.