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Wimbledon Cake


The name 'Wimbledon Cake' has been applied to several forms of sponge cake filled with very large amounts of strawberries and cream, a treat customarily served at the Wimbledon tennis championships. The cake is described by one maker as "apart from the light sponge holding the whole thing together, its two principal ingredients are strawberries and cream."

The name has also been used to describe a cake decorated to imitate a tennis court.

Original Receipt from The Bournemouth Daily Echo, 21 Jun 2013

Image: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk

Mary Berry's perfect Wimbledon cake...

3 large eggs, separated
100g caster sugar
zest and juice of 1 orange
75g semolina
100g strawberries
1 passion fruit
150ml whipping or double cream, whipped
Icing sugar, for dusting
Recipe requires one deep, round 20cm (8in) cake tin, and non-stick baking parchment

Preheat the oven to 180C/Fan 160C/gas mark 4. Grease the tin then line the base with non-stick baking parchment.

Measure the egg yolks, sugar, orange zest and juice and the semolina into a bowl and beat until thoroughly blended.

In a separate clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are stiff but not dry, then gently fold into the orange and semolina mixture. Turn into the prepared tin.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until well risen and the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed with a finger.

Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Reserve a few strawberries to decorate the top of the cake, then slice the remainder. Halve the passion fruit and scoop out the pulp.

To fill the cold cake, cut it in half horizontally and sandwich the slices together with the sliced strawberries, passion fruit pulp and whipped cream.

Just before serving, decorate with the reserved strawberries, sliced or left whole, and sift some icing sugar over the top.

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