Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade

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This Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade is a gorgeous tiered cake perfect for making on rainy spring days. It’s topped with fresh whipped cream and berries.

Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade

Hey friends! I’m back this week with an extra big grin on my face! I am still on cloud nine over how amazing the response has been for the Vegetarian Heartland pre-order! After you’ve been working on something for years without sharing it with anyone, you start to second guess yourself – ‘what if people won’t like it?’ ‘What if no one cares?’ ‘What if the only person to buy the book is my mom?’. Despite knowing deep down that I put my whole self into this book and that it really is a unique cookbook that will help people get into their kitchen, I let doubt materialize in my head the closer we got to the pre-order launch. Thankfully, my doubt was shattered when I hit ‘publish’ on the pre-order post and Vegetarian Heartland quickly was marked with the ‘#1 New Release’ stamp for a Midwest cooking category on Amazon. My shoulder’s relaxed. I almost burst into happy tears that had been building up for two years. I danced around the kitchen with the boxer pup. And then finally I baked celebratory cake because every good cocktail should be served with a slice of cake.

And speaking of amazing things like this Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade Cake, the Vegetarian Heartland book trailer is finally ready! If you were on the fence about the book, check out the trailer to see several of the recipes in the making. Or if you already pre-ordered, check out the trailer to get even more excited about it arriving on your doorstep in June!

This Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade takes a bit of time so it’s the perfect project for these rainy weekends we are having. I personally have been full of energy with the longer lit days but still feeling a bit cooped up because of all the rain. I also used a mix of fresh, frozen, and freeze dried berries since not all of them are in season yet – if you go this route, just make sure to let the frozen berries thaw out before topping your cake so they don’t water down the top.

Happy Spring!

Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade recipe below:

Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade

Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade

Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade

Berries & Cream Cake with Rhubarb Marmalade
This Spring Berries and Cream Cake is a gorgeous tiered cake perfect for making on rainy spring days. It's topped with fresh whipped cream and berries. / Recipe adapted from Better Baking
Course: Sweets
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 16
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp poppyseeds
  • 6 cold eggs , separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large lemon
For the rhubarb marmalade:
  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb
  • 1 cup sugar
For the whipped cream:
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 2 cups berries
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • Edible flowers , optional
  1. Position oven racks in the center and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of 2 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the almond flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, poppyseeds, and salt in a medium bowl.

  3. Using an electric stand mixer, whisk the egg whites in a large bowl over medium speed until soft peaks form. Slowly beat in 1/4 cup of the sugar. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks form. Transfer egg whites into a clean bowl and set aside.
  4. Add egg yolks, vanilla, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar to the stand mixer bowl. Zest the lemon and 1/4 cup lemon juice into it and beat on medium-high until the mixture is pale and doubled in size.
  5. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the yolk mixture and then fold in the dry ingredients into almost fully incorporated. Add in remaining egg whites by gently folding into the mixture just until incorporated. Divide evenly between the prepared pans and gently smooth the top.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is browned and the centers spring back slightly. Transfer to a cooling rack and let the cakes cool completly upside down.
  7. Meanwhile, while the cakes are cooling, combine the rhubarb, 1 cup water, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

  8. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add cold heavy cream and beat on high for 7 to 9 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  9. To assemble: Place the first cake tier on a cake stand and spread half of the marmalade over it. Top with half the whipped cream and half of the berries. Add the other cake tier and top with remaining marmalade, whipped cream, and berries. Garnish with mint and fresh flowers.
Nutrition Facts
Berries & Cream Cake with Rhubarb Marmalade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Potassium 38mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 24g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade


Shelly is the creator of Vegetarian Ventures. She is also the Creative Director of Driftless Magazine and likes to wear wolf shirts, drink peppermint tea, and dance to Stevie Nicks.



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    Maritza | Maritza Lisa

    April 25, 2017

    OMG – everything about this cake makes me swoon! Your images are stunning!

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    heather (delicious not gorgeous)

    April 26, 2017

    that book trailer was gorgeous! (also i’m tired just thinking about all the planning that went into that lol). this cake sounds like such a good way to celebrate your pre-order going well! or just a good way to celebrate, in general (:

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    April 27, 2017

    Shelly! Congratulations! Your trailer is gorgeous and I’m sure cookbook is even more so! I can only imagine how you felt, (I’d be so nervous too!) but I’m happy to hear your shoulders have since relaxed. You are one talented lady. I hope you find some time to enjoy these tremendous moments with gratitude and joy. A million times over, congratulations.

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    E. Teresinha

    May 1, 2017

    Beautiful photos and website. I love it 😉

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    May 31, 2017

    Will try this cake tomorrow. Do you add the poppy seeds to the flower mixture? It’s not mentioned

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    June 9, 2017

    SUGAR + RHUBARB does not make the jam. It makes burnt candy that’s impossible to clean off the stove! Please clarify how much liquid to add to the mix 🙂

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      June 29, 2017

      Updated – thanks for flagging!

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    June 22, 2017

    OMG, how beautiful this cake looks!

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    June 27, 2017

    Looking into ideas for my daughter’s birthday cake coming up soon, & this is a front contender! However… The poppyseeds are never mentioned in the instructions! At what stage do you add them?

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      June 29, 2017

      Thanks for flagging – recipe should be updated correctly now. Hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday!