Eton Mess Chocolate Cake

Layer cakes | 6th June 2014 | By

It was a friend’s birthday last week and she was having a party to celebrate. It was time to spring into birthday cake action. I’d recently seen a recipe  over at Mummy Mishaps for a Blackberry Eton Mess Cake which I thought was a fabulous idea. This was my inspiration, but with strawberries finally coming into season I was going to base mine on the original fruit. I also had some strawberry yogurt that needed using up from the Lactofree event I attended in London and I wanted to get in some of the lilac syrup I’d just made.

The cake was a bit of an experiment, loosely based on the rhubarb and orange cake I made a few years ago. I added some crushed meringue to the actual cake, but as I rather strongly suspected, this just melted into the general mix and couldn’t really be detected. Luckily, the cake was a triumph and received many oohs and ahhs before it was wolfed down. The lilac flavour was subtle, but could just about be detected. Next time I attempt this, for there will surely be a next time, I’ll make the Eton Mess and apply it just before eating so that the meringue stays crunchy.

Eton Mess Chocolate Cake
Serves 8
A chocolate layer cake made with strawberry yogurt then sandwiched and topped with Eton Mess and lots of strawberries.
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  1. 175g unsalted butter
  2. 200g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
  3. 120g 70% dark chocolate – chopped
  4. 3 eggs (I used to large duck eggs)
  5. 225g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
  6. 1 tsp baking powder
  7. ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  8. 1 heaped tsp cocoa powder
  9. 2 x 125 ml pots strawberry yogurt
  10. 5 meringue nest – crushed
  11. 300 ml double cream
  12. 1 tbsp cordial of choice (I used lilac cordial, but rose or elderflower would be good too)
  13. 300g strawberries – washed, drained and quartered
  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water. Leave to cool slightly.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the chocolate followed by the eggs.
  3. Sift in the dry ingredients, then stir gently in alternating with the yogurt and a couple of tbsp of water.
  4. Fold in the meringue pieces from two of the nests.
  5. Divide the mixture between two 20 cm (8″) round cake moulds and bake at 180℃ for 30 minutes when the cakes should be well risen and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave in the moulds to cool for a few minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Whip the cream with chosen cordial until peaks form. Divide the mixture into two. Put one aside and add half of the strawberries to the other along with a couple of the crushed meringue nests.
  7. Sandwich the two cakes with the Eton Mess. Spread the remaining cream over the top, then scatter over the remaining strawberries followed by the remaining crushed meringue pieces.
  8. Serve immediately before the meringue has a chance to go soft.
  1. Makes one 20 cm (8″) cake.
Tin and Thyme

With the floral lilac syrup added to the Eton Mess, I am entering this to Tea Time Treats with  Karen of Lavender and Lovage who has chosen floral as this month’s theme. Alternate months are hosted by Janie over at The Hedge Combers.

I’m also sending this off to Four Seasons Food over at The Spicy Pear where the theme is the Colour Red this month. It’s normally hosted over at Delicieux or Eat Your Veg.


No Waste Food Challenge badgeBecause this is a great use for the fruit yogurts sitting in our fridge that we don’t normally eat, I’m also sending this off to the No Waste Food Challenge. It’s being hosted by Michelle of Utterly Scrummy Food for Families on behalf of Elizabeth’s Kitchen.

The theme for this month’s Love Cake over at JibberJabberUK is vintage. Whilst this may not be a vintage cake exactly, Eton Mess certainly is, so I’m hoping I’ll be allowed to enter.

As this was a cake to celebrate a birthday, I’m adding this to a new blogging linky – Celebration Cakes & Bakes over at Mummy Makes Cakes.

Bake of the Week over at Caso Costello is an event I keep meaning to enter and somehow keep forgetting about. However, I have managed it this time 🙂

Recipe of the Week can’t be missed out either, so I’m sending this off to Emily over at A Mummy Too.

And finally, I am entering this into the Rix Recipe competition for June where the theme is strawberries.



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    6th June 2014

    This is a beautiful cake Choclette. You are always so creative with chocolate and I love chocolate with strawberries.. it is difficult not to love them though. They are so juicy and tasty right now. I keep buy strawberries twice a week and organic ones are particularly good!
    Have a good weekend X

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      6th June 2014

      Thank you Alida. Now is definitely the best time for strawberries – it’s almost worth waiting a whole year for them.

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    Johanna GGG
    6th June 2014

    My mum often makes pav for some in the family and chocolate cake for others – wonder if we would all enjoy the same cake if she mixed it up like this or if no one would eat it (or as the case may be, I would have to eat it all by myself – sounds delicious)

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    belleau kitchen
    6th June 2014

    oh my good lord this is a stellar cake… what an amazing idea. I much prefer my chocolate cakes with a fruit filling as I think it cuts so nicely through the chocolate but had never thought of an Eton Mess cake… bloody marvellous!… and the yoghurt is a fab idea too!

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      7th June 2014

      Yes indeed Dom, chocolate cake and fruit is a heady number and this one particularly so 🙂

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    London Unattached
    7th June 2014

    sounds lovely choclette. I’d have to replace any strawberries with raspberries, but that might not do any harm!

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    Amy Deverson
    7th June 2014

    I am definitely making this!!! It looks and sounds delicious, and my mums birthday is coming up too!

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    Christian Halfmann
    7th June 2014

    Ooh, aah, yesss that’s a wonderful cake. It’s really wonderful strawberries are in season now. That’s exactly the cake to enjoy right now.

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      7th June 2014

      Thanks Chris, you can’t get a better month for strawberries than June 🙂

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    Denise Johnson
    8th June 2014

    Your cake looks really yummy – I may just have to make one of these soon 🙂 #Recipeoftheweek

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    The Caked Crusader
    8th June 2014

    What a lovely cake! I have to admit that I prefer strawberries and chocolate together to raspberry and chocolate – just tastes fresher in my opinion

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      3rd July 2014

      Ooh I’m on the fence with that one CC. When I have strawberries they are my favourite and if it’s raspberries then I’m delighted too.

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    Baking Addict
    8th June 2014

    Wow what a gorgeous looking cake! I was planning on making an Eton Mess Cake for last month’s AlphaBakes but would not have thought to pair it with a chocolate sponge. Yum! Well done on the numerous challenges too 🙂

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    Hayley UK
    8th June 2014

    This sounds divine! I love meringue but never thought of putting it in a cake – will definitely be trying it!

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      3rd July 2014

      Thanks Hayley. The trick is to add the meringue at the last minute or otherwise it just melts away and you don’t get the crunch.

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      3rd July 2014

      Thanks Deena. it’s fun making really decedent cakes from time to time 😉

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    9th June 2014

    This looks delicious 🙂 I love Eton mess and strawberries are one of my favourite things. Thanks so much for joining in with #CelebrationCakesAndBakes

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    9th June 2014

    You have a very lucky friend! Love meringue and mixed with chocolate, this sounds divine! Thanks so much for linking up with #Bakeoftheweek – Great to have you part of the gang! x

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    14th June 2014

    Eton Mess PLUS chocolate cake…in one dessert? Oh goodness me, YES! This truly looks wonderful. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – I have pinned and tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky live at 6pm 🙂

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      3rd July 2014

      Yes decadence in a cake Emily – sometimes you just have to go for it 😉

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    Jibber JabberUK
    28th June 2014

    Most certainly a vintage cake for me! A delicious combination of chocolate and seasonal strawberries plus the meringue twist to it.

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    Michelle Utterlyscrummy Rice
    29th June 2014

    Oh my goodness this cake looks so good! I cannot wait to try adding Eton Mess as a filling for a cake, what a gorgeous centre piece or a afternoon tea or decadent dessert. Thanks so much for entering No Waste Cooking Challenge this month 🙂

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    2nd July 2014

    What a beautiful cake! Thank you for linking up with the no waste food challenge 🙂

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