Patrotic Deserts

Total Time:35 min

Yield:8-10 servings


    • 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 premade angel food cake, cut into 1-inch slices
    • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature
    • 2 pints blueberries
    • 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced


  • Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.
  • Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.
  • Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.
  • Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Photograph by Steve Giralt

Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Total Time:2 hr 30 min
Prep:1 hr 30 min
Cook:1 hr

Yield:10 servings


    • For the cake:
    •  2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
    •  3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    •  2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    •  1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    •  1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
    •  1/4 cup vegetable oil
    •  4 large eggs, at room temperature
    •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    •  3/4 cup buttermilk
    •  2 cups blueberries (about 1 pint)
  • For the toppings:
    •  2 to 3 cups large strawberries, halved or quartered (about 1 pint)
    •  1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    •  2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
    •  1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
    •  4 to 5 tablespoons milk


  • Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a nonstick 12-cup Bundt pan. Whisk 3 cups flour, the baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Beat 2 sticks butter, the granulated sugar and vegetable oil in a bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, at least 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low; beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the vanilla. Add about one-third of the flour mixture and half of the buttermilk ; beat until almost incorporated. Add another one-third of the flour mixture and the remaining buttermilk. Beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until just combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat 30 seconds. Finish incorporating the flour by hand to avoid overmixing.
  • Toss the blueberries with the remaining 2 tablespoons flour in a small bowl. Spoon one-third of the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle in half of the blueberries, then top with another one-third of the batter. Scatter the remaining blueberries on top and cover with the rest of the batter; smooth the top. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour, 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool 30 minutes in the pan. Run a small sharp knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake, then invert onto the rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, make the toppings: Toss the strawberries with the granulated sugar in a bowl; set aside to macerate, 30 minutes. Just before serving, make the glaze: Whisk the confectioners’ sugar, butter and 4 tablespoons milk in a bowl; if the glaze is too thick, whisk in up to 1 more tablespoon milk, a little at a time. Pour the glaze over the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Serve with the strawberries and their juices.
  • Photograph by Con Poulos

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