Note that the prep and cook times for the layer cake and the Swiss meringue are not included in this recipe; both recipes should be prepared in advance before beginning this recipe.
The cake layers can be baked and cooled, wrapped tightly in plastic, and stored on the counter for several days. Make the Swiss meringue and frost the cake the same day that you're planning to serve it.
- 2 pounds mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
- 3 baked and cooled layers of Vanilla Buttermilk Cake
- 1 recipe for Swiss meringue frosting (about 4 cups)
1 Prep the berries: Wash and dry all the berries. Hull the strawberries to remove the stems. Cut the majority into slices for layering into the cake; cut a few in half or in quarters for decorating the top.
2 Layer and frost the cake: Place one of the layers of vanilla buttermilk cake onto a cake plate and spread a third of the Swiss meringue over the top using an offset spatula. Distribute about 1 cup of berries and sliced strawberries over the Swiss meringue.
Top with the second layer of cake. Spread another third of the frosting over top and another cup of berries and strawberries.
Repeat with the remaining layer of cake, ending with a layer of Swiss meringue topped by the remaining berries and the halves or quartered strawberries.
3 Serve the cake: Serve the cake with any remaining berries alongside. The cake is best eaten the day it is assembled.