A simplified Berry Chantilly Cake Recipe that uses short cuts for quick prep, but tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen!
Last month, I spent a week with my granddaughter, as well as with her mom and dad. It was shortly after my birthday, so when I arrived, they treated me to a special dinner, complete with a birthday cake. My daughter-in-law made her version of the Berry Chantilly Cake from Whole Foods. This cake recipe has been floating around the internet for years, but I had never heard of it. Oh my gosh…it was so good.
I picked Meagan’s brain for tips and tricks, and I’m here today to share my own version, but it’s very close to hers. I simplified the process by using a box cake mix, but if you are a from-scratch-only baker, any white or yellow cake recipe will work.
Berry Chantilly Cake Recipe Tips
- It works well to make the cake a day ahead. Wrap the layers in wax paper and refrigerate until ready to use.
- We’re definitely not going for perfection here! This is a rustic, casual dessert.
- The original cake from Whole Foods has three layers. Using two layers simplifies the process and it looks just as pretty.
- If you want to use a decorative cake plate, begin with a cake board circle so you can transfer it to an airtight container.
- This recipe could be easily adapted to make a sheet cake. Simply bake the cake in a 9 x 13 pan, add the jelly layer, frost, and top with berries.
- I’m including more pictures than I usually do so you can see the process. The steps take a bit of time, but they are very easy.
Berry Chantilly Cake Frosting Tips
- You can frost the sides of the cake the traditional way, or you can scrape some of the frosting off to get the “naked cake” look. I used the flat edge of a serrated bread knife, but any tool with a flat edge will work.
- I have not tried it, but I think you could use an 8 oz. container of Cool Whip instead of the whipping cream. This frosting is very similar to the ice box cake filling I make, and that recipe uses Cool Whip.
- The design of the berries on top of the cake is totally a personal decision. Meagan covered the top of her cake with sliced berries. I opted for a border of berries. Just let your creativity flow!
Clearly, this berry chantilly cake is not something you will make on regular basis. This is a dessert you can pull out of your arsenal when you want something very special. It takes a little effort, but the end result is so beautiful, that it’s worth it.
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- Cake board circles
- Ceramic cake plate (similar)
- Kitchenaid mixer
- Cake pans
- Icing spatula
- Cake carrier