I call this Cloud Cake because my cousin, who was over for dinner, said that it tasted like she was eating a cloud. I liked that imagery so it stuck. It’s true too. It’s so soft and billowy and lightly sweet, just as you would imagine a mouthful of cloud to be. Topped with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream and berries, it serves as a perfect summer dessert.
The cake bit is basically a meringue which consists of egg whites and sugar. This is an excellent balance for a dessert because it has lots of protein. The coconut milk supplies more protein and the berries are filled with fiber, all of which help to regulate your blood sugar, so this dessert will not have you, or your kids, launched into a sugar-crazed roller coaster ride.
This recipe is very simple but it takes a bit of planning. I can only make it when I know that I can devote some time to it. It is worth it!
- egg whites - 6
- powdered sugar - 1 1/2 cups
- For the topping: -
- berries - 1 1/2 cup mixed
- coconut milk whipped cream - 1 cup
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Be careful here. If you get any yolk mixed in with the whites it won't stiffen properly. I like to separate the eggs into a separate bowl and then transfer the whites into a larger bowl. That way, if one egg white gets lots of yolk in it, it won't contaminate the whole lot.
Beat the egg whites until they stand up. I use a hand held mixer. It takes between 5 and 10 minutes. Your arm will get tired....
When the egg white are stiff, start mixing in the sugar, spoonful by spoonful, so that it gets evenly incorporated.
I use powdered sugar because it makes the cake even lighter and fluffier than granulated sugar. If you would like a bit of crisp to the crust, then use granulated sugar instead.
Put in the oven at 400 degrees.
Immediately reduce to 250 degrees and cook for 90 minutes.
After the 90 minutes are up, turn off the oven but leave the cake inside. Allow the oven to cool completely before you remove it.
Right before serving, whip up some Coconut Whipped Cream, top with berries and serve.
Guard your piece because people will try to steal it from you. I paused to take this picture and nearly lost mine to the wolves at the table.