Tuesdays with Dorie: Berry Surprise Cake

January 20, 2009 at 1:14 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 32 Comments

berry surprise cake

Surprise!  I love a surprise…the good kind only, of course, and Dorie’s Berry Surprise Cake certainly falls into that category.  Mary Ann of  Meet Me in the Kitchen chose it for TWD this week.

A single layer of genoise sponge is cut in two horizontally, hollowed and filled (bread-bowl style) with a lightly-sweetened cream cheese and fresh berry mixture, then craftily reassembled.  Whipped cream frosting hides what’s going on inside (hence the surprise).  At Fairway, blackberries were not only the best looking, but also the cheapest, so I went with those and used cassis to flavor my soaking syrup.  When berry season rolls around, I’ll be trying out raspberries as well.

berry surprise cake

From the outside it is pretty unassuming, right?  Trust me, it is really delicious…not too sweet, and I love the way genoise kind of takes everything in.  We especially liked this cake after a day or two, when it became almost trifle-like.

For the recipe, read Meet Me in the Kitchen or see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll.


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  1. Oh, it looks heavenly! I am so glad you liked it. I did too.
    The blackberries would be so good in this!

  2. wow this looks wonderful ! the colour contrast is so nice and those blackerries look so good with this cake 🙂

  3. very nice and so delicious , cheers!

  4. Oh crumbs…..this makes me drool…I cannot stand a dry cake and this cake is anything but dry….wow, delicious!

  5. ton gâteau est vraiment superbe et très réussi ! beau travail 🙂

  6. Hummm… Is that half a recipe? …with blackberries? …and black currant syrup for the soak? Hummm… I made a black currant soaked, blackberry half recipe! Woah… talk about telepathy! LOL
    Nervetheless, your’s is a lot nicer than mine.
    Beautiful, Steph!

  7. Again, beautiful job…I didn’t have success with either cake, unfortunately.:( Better luck next time, right?

  8. yum, that looks like a good black berry surprise. I missed this week but I am drooling over everyone’s creations!

  9. I’m licking my screen! Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  10. your cake is beautiful! i used blackberries too when i realized my local store was out of raspberries, they were fabulous!

  11. yummy! It looks divine! I can’t wait to try it in berry season myself!

  12. it is gorgeous! looks like your genoise turned out perfectly. love those blackberries too 😉

  13. I loved this too. The blackberries look great – I love how the filling takes on some of their purple tinge

  14. That looks delicious! I didn’t even see blackberries at my grocery store. Looks like it turned out divine!

  15. Looks deliciously wonderful.

  16. Lovely! I had lots more problems with mine — but it was still delicious. Glad yours worked out!

  17. Wow! Your cake looks gorgeous and turned out wonderful. I’m glad it worked out for you.

  18. My kids told me they wished I had chosen blackberries. Maybe, possibly I will have the courage to try again.

  19. It was a great experience making this cake. Yours looks wonderful!

  20. I absolutely love blackberries – I grew up with some vines behind my house, and they were just so good. Your cake looks beautiful!

  21. Your cake is gorgeous! I agree that it improves after a day in the fridge.

  22. It looks delicious! I gave this week a miss, but hopefully will get to make this sometime in the future.

  23. I really enjoyed this one too, even if I botched it up a bit. It was still delicious. I love how your cake turned out!

  24. Yours is brilliant. Wonderfully brilliant.

  25. Lovely job on the cake. Blackberries sound like a great choice. My husband was just commenting that he likes it better on day two, too. =)

  26. So glad your cake turned out so well…it looks beautiful, and I think the blackberries make it especially pretty.

  27. LUSCIOUS!!! Absolutely wonderfully luscious. Those blackberries….oh so jealous here!
    Great photos too!
    Take care,

  28. That is absolutely gorgeous! Wow! I’m dying to make it and will have to try the blackberry version. Beautiful photos, too! 🙂

  29. So lovely! Blackberries – what a great and yummy surprise!!!

  30. I liked this one too. Even though I didn’t let it sit and meld the flavors together for a time I thought it was good. I liked the lightness and I think it a great summertime offering.
    Yours looks beautiful! Great work.

  31. SO stinkin’ pretty! I love the idea of this cake. Great pictures too, of course!

  32. Ummm soooo how about tossing a fork full of that at my face right now??

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