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Eton Mess Chocolate Cake

There’s nothing quite like the scent of ripe strawberries in summer. This Eton mess chocolate cake makes the most of this delectable bright red summer fruit. Two layers of chocolate cake are sandwiched and topped with lots of strawberries, cream and meringue. It’s perfect for birthday parties, celebrations or any alfresco occasion which requires cake.

Last week a friend celebrated her birthday in style by hosting a splendiferous garden party. This meant it was time for me to spring into birthday cake action.

Eton Mess Chocolate Cake

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. As it happened strawberry season had finally begun, so I based my version on the original fruit. I also had some strawberry yogurt that needed using up from the Lactofree event I attended in London. Oh 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. Rose syrup actually works better and that’s what I normally use when making Eton mess.

Next time I attempt this sumptuous chocolate cake, 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.

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Eton Mess Chocolate Cake

A chocolate layer cake made with strawberry yogurt then sandwiched and topped with Eton Mess and lots of strawberries. Ideal for summer birthdays and other celebrations.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cake, chocolate cake, strawberries, summer, yoghurt
Servings: 8 large slices
Author: Choclette


  • 175 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
  • 120 g 70% dark chocolate – chopped
  • 3 eggs (I used to large duck eggs)
  • 225 g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 heaped tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 x 125 ml pots strawberry yogurt
  • 5 meringue nest – crushed
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp cordial of choice (I used lilac cordial, but rose or elderflower would be good too)
  • 300 g strawberries – washed , drained and quartered


  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water. Leave to cool slightly.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the chocolate followed by the eggs.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients, then stir gently in alternating with the yogurt and a couple of tbsp of water.
  • Fold in the meringue pieces from two of the nests.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve immediately before the meringue has a chance to go soft.


Makes one 20 cm (8″) cake.


As I added lilac syrup to the Eton Mess, I am entering this cake recipe to Tea Time Treats with Karen of Lavender and Lovage. She has chosen floral as this month’s theme.

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

We don’t normally eat fruit yoghurts. This cake is a great way to use up any such yogurts that are sitting in our fridge. So, 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 chocolate cake isn’t exactly a vintage cake, Eton mess most certainly is. 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 scrumptious summer cake off to Emily over at A Mummy Too.


  1. Alida

    6th June 2014 at 9:58 am

    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

    • Choclette

      6th June 2014 at 10:02 am

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

  2. manu

    6th June 2014 at 11:10 am

    What a beautiful cake!!!
    Love it
    Have a nice Friday

    • Choclette

      7th June 2014 at 10:11 am

      Thank you Manu, you are always very kind.

  3. Johanna GGG

    6th June 2014 at 12:15 pm

    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)

    • Choclette

      7th June 2014 at 10:11 am

      A cake all to yourself sounds like the way to go Johanna 😉

  4. belleau kitchen

    6th June 2014 at 1:45 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      7th June 2014 at 10:13 am

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

  5. Arlynda Lea Beuterbaugh

    7th June 2014 at 6:26 am

    “Chocolate Log Blog” has been included in my Arlynda Lea’s Sites to See #3. I hope this helps to call more attention to your efforts.

    • Choclette

      7th June 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you Arlynda, that’s very kind.

  6. London Unattached

    7th June 2014 at 10:47 am

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

    • Choclette

      7th June 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Raspberries might even be better Fi.

  7. Amy Deverson

    7th June 2014 at 11:02 am

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

    • Choclette

      7th June 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Amy, I know I’d be very happy to get this as a birthday cake.

  8. Christian Halfmann

    7th June 2014 at 11:48 am

    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.

    • Choclette

      7th June 2014 at 2:11 pm

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

  9. Denise Johnson

    8th June 2014 at 1:39 pm

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

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you Denise. Would love to hear how you get on.

  10. The Caked Crusader

    8th June 2014 at 3:35 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 12:53 pm

      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.

  11. Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe

    8th June 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Oooh Eton Mess Chocolate Cake, this looks and sounds absolutely delicious! x #BakeoftheWeek

  12. Hayley UK

    8th June 2014 at 7:51 pm

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

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 1:22 pm

      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.

  13. Baking Addict

    8th June 2014 at 7:08 pm

    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 🙂

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Now why didn’t I think of this last month Ros – doh!

  14. Deena Kakaya

    8th June 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I would love to get my fingers into that beauty! X

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 1:21 pm

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

  15. Ren Behan

    9th June 2014 at 8:03 am

    Gorgeous and a nice lot of events entered!

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Now you come to mention it Ren, there do seem to be rather a lot 😉

  16. mummymakescakes

    9th June 2014 at 8:16 pm

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

  17. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    9th June 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Ok so for my next birthday can I have a cake like this please……

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 12:59 pm

      But of course Bintu, just ask OH 😉

  18. Helen at Casa Costello

    9th June 2014 at 10:36 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Helen. I fear this cake may become a summer regular.

  19. MummyWhiskers Kat

    11th June 2014 at 1:22 am

    What a beautiful cake, I’m actually drooling! #Recipeoftheweek

  20. AMummyToo

    14th June 2014 at 2:41 pm

    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 🙂

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 12:57 pm

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

  21. Jibber JabberUK

    28th June 2014 at 9:41 pm

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

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Phew, glad that was OK Ness. It was a very scrummy cake.

  22. Michelle Utterlyscrummy Rice

    29th June 2014 at 2:28 pm

    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 🙂

    • Choclette

      3rd July 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks Michelle, it makes a good twist as a filling or topping OR both.

  23. Elizabeth

    2nd July 2014 at 11:27 am

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


    9th September 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Now that just looks like my idea of heaven in a cake!

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