Eton Mess Cake
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Cranberry Eton Mess Cake

Eton mess cake is a layer cake with whipped cream, fruit, and crushed meringues. This cranberry Eton mess recipe is perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry Eton mess cake, eton mess cake
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 434kcal
Author: Stef


Sponge Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 6 large large eggs separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Whipped Cream and Topping Ingredients

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream cold
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 30 small meringues homemade or store-bought
  • 6 ounces sugared cranberries


Sponge Cake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour and all of the spices. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whip egg whites until frothy.
  • Add cream of tartar and salt.
  • Continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and pale yellow.
  • Mix in sugar until well-combined.
  • Mix in orange juice until well-combined.
  • Mix in flour and spice mixture until just combined.
  • Fold in whipped egg whites.
  • Divide batter evenly between three 8" round cake pans lined with parchment.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpicks inserted into the centers of the cakes come out clean.
  • Turn out cakes onto a cooling rack.

Whipped Cream and Assembly Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whip heavy whipping cream until it starts to get fluffy.
  • Add sugar and continue whipping until it looks like whipped cream!
  • Top one of the cakes with 1/3 of the whipped cream, spreading to cover the whole cake but not the sides.
  • Crush 24 of the meringues into small pieces. You can do this by placing them in a sandwich bag and using a rolling pin.
  • Top the whipped cream with 1/2 of the crushed meringues.
  • Top the meringues with 1/3 of the sugared cranberries.
  • Place the next cake layer on top of the cranberries and top with half of the remaining whipped cream, spreading to cover the whole cake but not the sides.
  • Top with the remainder of the crushed meringues and half of the remaining cranberries.
  • Place the final cake layer over the cranberries.
  • Use a large star tip to pipe the remainder of the whipped cream onto the cake.
  • Decorate with whole meringues and the remainder of the cranberries.
  • Refrigerate if not serving immediately.



Don't worry about making the cake look totally perfect. It's supposed to be a mess. :)


Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 116mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1005IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 0.5mg