Somebody invites you over for a lovely summer alfresco dinner or a cookout – you ask what you can bring – they say dessert.
Then you panic. What is easy to transport, won’t melt in the heat/sun, and is fresh, seasonal, light, and crowd pleasing?
Answer: a cake with macerated berries and whipped cream!
You just can’t go wrong. Make a simple cake from scratch (the cake above is vanilla lemon/lime), or even buy a boxed mix or pre-made cake at the store. Wash/stem/cut up any combination of berries you please – leaving them out at room temperature during the day to accumulate some juice. If you want to accentuate their natural sweetness, toss in a little sugar or honey. When it’s time to go, pre-cut your cake, grab your berry bowl, and throw a spray can of whipped cream into a chilled wine cooler or insulated lunch bag as you head out the door.- Couldn’t be easier – or more delicious!
Do you have a favorite take-along summer dessert?