This berry chantilly cake is loaded with 4 different berries, sweet mascarpone cream cheese frosting, and 4 fluffy vanilla cake layers.
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TIP: I like to make the cake layers on one day, frost them the next day, and serve the cake the following day. Letting the baked cake sit unfrosted for a day will help reduce that eggy taste that some cakes tend to have. I actually use this method with pretty much every cake I make. It also helps to break up the work into 2 days.
This berry cake was originally inspired by Whole Foods. As I was looking for a treat to enjoy with my coffee at whole foods one day, I came across this lovely berry cake. After tasting it, I couldn’t wait to recreate a copycat recipe of this berry chantilly cake at home! And I must say, this recipe is almost identical to the cake from whole foods!
How to make Chantilly Cake
- Beat the eggs and sugar in a stand mixer over high speed until the eggs become pale and fluffy. Then add in the vanilla.
- Next, sift in the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder and fold it into the egg mixture. Now pour the cake batter between 2 prepared (10 inch round baking pans). Bake for 2o minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to make chantilly cake frosting
- Combine the softened cream cheese, mascarpone, powdered sugar, almond extract, and vanilla extract in the bowl of your stand mixer. I like to use the whisk attachment when making chantilly cake frosting.
- Now in another bowl, beat the cold heavy cream until you can see stiff peaks. I find that using an electric mixer does a great job here. Then you’ll want to fold the whipped heavy cream into the Chantilly cream mixture. For the best Chantilly cake cream, cover and refrigerate it for at least one hour.
How to make simple syrup for cake
- Whisk sugar and water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Then drop the heat to low and let the simple syrup simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Take the simple syrup off the heat and let it come down to room temp.
How to assemble a berry Chantilly cake
- Slice each cooled vanilla cake in two. Then drizzle the simple syrup over each vanilla cake layer.
- Now assemble the berry cake by spreading the Chantilly cream over the first cake layer and spreading the raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and chopped strawberries over the entire frosted cake layer. Then repeat this step with the rest of the cake layers.
- Once you get t0 the last cake layer, generously frost the outside of the Chantilly berry cake with the remaining frosting.
How to decorate a vanilla cake?
- I like to decorate my vanilla cakes with a stripe-like pattern. It’s such an easy and quick way to decorate and frost cakes. I even use this method on my Nutella cake.
- Berries are also a great way to add pops of fun colors to pretty much any cake. I covered almost my entire Napoleon Cake with berries, and it looks so elegant!
- Another great way to add simple decor to a cake it by adding mint leaves. Mint leaves add freshness and color to any dessert. Even the small ones like my white chocolate creme brulee.
Watch how to make this berry chantilly cake here:
Full Recipe Instructions
Berry Chantilly Cake
- Ingredients for the cake:
- 8 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp corn starch
- Ingredients for the cream:
- 2 8oz pkgs. cream cheese, softened
- 1 8 oz pkg. mascarpone cheese
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups heavy cream
- Ingredients for the syrup:
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries chopped
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blackberries
- Line 2 round (10 inch) cake pans with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs with the whisk attachment until foamy. Then slowly add the sugar as you continue to beat it on high speed.
- Once the egg and sugar mixture becomes fluffy and airy, beat in the vanilla extract.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and corn starch. Then gently fold it into the batter using a large whisk. Don't mix it around too vigorously... You want to retain as much air in the batter as possible.
- Split the cake batter between the two prepared cake pans and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
- Let the cake cool completely. It's actually best to leave it overnight. Once it's cooled, slice each cake in half using a serrated knife.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the softened cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, almond extract, and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl beat the heavy cream using an electric mixer. Beat until stiff peaks form.
- Using a spatula, fold the heavy cream into the cream cheese mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan whisk together 2 cups of water with 3/4 cup sugar. Bring the sugar to a boil and drop the heat to low. Let it sit over the stove top for 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and let it cool completely. This will be the syrup.
- Spray 1 side of each cake layer with the syrup.
- Begin assembling the cake by spreading the cooled cream cheese filling on top of the first cake layer. Then add a little of each berry. (Put as much as you like).
- Stack another cake layer on top and repeat step 12. Continue this until you stack the 4th cake layer. Then cover the top and sides of the cake with the remaining cream. Top with extra berries for a beautiful pop of color.
This recipe was originally posted on May 5, 2016, we’ve tweaked it a bit since then.
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Jeannine Mahoney says
I cannot wait to make this cake for my best friend’s birthday this weekend! Is this recipe OK for two 9-inch pans instead of 10-inch? Please let me hear from you.
Hi Jeannine 🙂 Yes, it will work 🙂 It will just make your cake a little taller. The bake time will be longer though. I have not tried making this Chantilly cake in 9-inch pans so I don’t know the exact bake time. Also, this is a delicate cake so don’t open and close the oven door during the baking process. You can open it quickly toward the end of its baking though. So wait for at least the recommended bake time then check it and add more time as needed. I hope that helps clarify 🙂 I hope you love this recipe! Let me know how it goes 🙂
What’s the reason to spray the cake with syrup?
Hi Deb 🙂 The simple syrup is to help add some moisture and sweetness to the cake layers. I hope you love this Chantilly cake! Let me know how it goes 🙂
Shelby Moore says
I need help. I have tried twice to do this cake and it will not rise! I have tried twice and nothing and I have followed the recipe and still not working. Please help.
Hi Shelby 🙂 It sounds like the eggs are under-beaten. Chantilly cake batter is slightly different than your typical cake batter. You want to beat your eggs on high speed for at least 2 minutes before you add the sugar. Then you want to beat it for an additional 4 minutes. This helps give it volume which will help your cake rise. I hope that helps! Let me know how it goes 🙂
I made this and everyone loved it. It will probably be our Special Occasion Cake now.
That is so awesome Linda 🙂 I really appreciate your support and feedback on my blog 🙂 Happy to hear this recipe will be a family favorite and I hope you find many more delicious recipes on my blog 🙂
I made this today for my daughter’s birthday dinner. It was a big hit, everyone loved it. My grandson loved getting the spatula and bowl when I was finished with them. 😊
So happy to hear that Linda! It always makes me very happy when people love my recipes 🙂 I hope this Chantilly cake will be a repeat recipe in your home! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback 🙂
Linda Entrekin says
Can you use frozen berries instead of fresh?
Hi Linda 🙂 I would not recommend that. Frozen berries will thaw and give off moisture and can make the cake soggy. Hope that helps and I hope you get a chance to make this Chantilly cake 🙂
The cake is currently cooling down. I halved the recipe and distributed in 2 6” cake pans. Question, is the top supposed to be sticky? There’s also an eggy smell. Is this normal? Im making the cakes 2 days in advance but I’m almost tempted to try a piece because I’d hate to do the frosting and bite on an eggy tasting cake. Looking forward to your response!
Hi Maria, it is normal for the top of the baked cake to be slightly tacky. Also, if there is an eggy smell, there is a chance that you didn’t beat the eggs long enough. Sometimes, the smell can go away on its own if you let the cake sit out for a day covered at room temperature. I hope this helps!
I used a different cake recipe but same frosting and berries. My whole family loved it! My husband had 3 pieces!
That’s awesome Jacki! I am happy to hear that you all loved the berry cake 🙂
I have a question!!! What size round pan can I use for the 10 serving size portions?
Hi 🙂 I have never tried making this chantilly cake in any different size so I am not sure what size you would need. It would adjust the bake times and the ingredient quantities. Hope that helps. Let me know if you try it 🙂
Colleen B. says
I made this for the first time a couple times this past mother’s day to give away and both times got great reviews! i found myself licking off the frosting from the bowl! will be making again to give away as it has never failed me.
That is so awesome to hear Colleen! Makes me so happy to hear when people love my recipes 🙂 Happy to hear that this Chantilly cake will be a repeat cake in your home! Thank you for taking the time to leave your awesome feedback and I hope you find many more delicious recipes on my blog 🙂
The cake was too dense a little tough, not sure what I did wrong? Any suggestions?
Hi Liza, it sounds like you under-beat the batter. This type of cake does not have any butter or oil so the airiness relies on the prolonged beating of the eggs. You have to whip the eggs until the batter is very airy. If it’s under-beat, the cake with be very dense and rubbery. I hope this helps and you give this recipe another try. Its a really good cake. I actually just ate it at my niece’s birthday party tonight and it was so so good. Let me know if you have any questions. I am more than happy to help! 🙂
Hello there do this cake does not have butter?
Hi Isa, this is a European style spongecake so it does not need any butter or oil. It is made similarly to an angel food cake but it relys on the egg yolks for the richness and flavor instead of egg whites like in angel food cake. I hope this helps 🙂
Happy to hear you loved this Chantilly cake! Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and I hope you find many more delicious recipes 🙂
Jodie L Rhinevault says
Hi! I can’t wait to try this cake! I’m planning to make it for my future in-laws. Can this be made in 9″ pans? If so do I need to adjust amounts or baking times? Thank you!
Hi Jodie 🙂 I hope they love this Chantilly cake! Yes, you can use 9 in pans. I would not adjust the ingredients for such a small change. I would use the same quantities. You will just have a little taller cake layer. The bake time will be a little longer due to a thicker cake layer, maybe just a few minutes. Then you can do the toothpick test. I hope that helps. Please let me know how it goes 🙂
Kimberley Echeverria says
Any chance I can freeze or refrigerate the cake layers prior to frosting and fruit?
Hi Kimberley 🙂 Yes, you can! If you plan to use the cake layers to make your chantilly cake the next day, then you can just cover them with plastic wrap and leave them at room temperature. If you are going to make it several days later then you can refrigerate them. If you are going to make it several weeks later then freezing would be the best option. I hope that helps and I hope you love this chantilly cake! 🙂 Please let me know how it goes 🙂
Made it so many times! Everyone’s favorite!!! Thank you for the Recipe!!!
Question: can I make it gluten free? Should I use almond flour or anything else? TIA
You are very welcome Anna 🙂 So awesome that you love this Chantilly cake so much and made it a family favorite! Thank you for your feedback 🙂 I have never tried making this recipe gluten free so I am not sure how it will turn out. If you do try let me know 🙂
Hey! Tried your recipe for the tiramisu the other day and I wanted to try this one too. Just curious, what is the difference between the two cakes, I noticed this one has more sugar and flour but in equal parts. And which cake base is lighter? Thanks!
Hi Ellie! I hope you loved my tiramisu cake 🙂 Both the tiramisu and the chantilly cake are light cakes and fairly similar. The chantilly cake layers are a little sweeter. It is a little closer to a European cake and it is a delicate cake layer. I hope that helps clarify and if you have any more questions please let me know 🙂 I hope you love this chantilly cake recipe 🙂
Very delicious!!! I think I’ll omit the syrup next time though, but it was wonderful!! I’m making a bunny cake version for Easter!!
Wish I could post a picture!
Yay! So happy to hear you loved this Chantilly cake Anne! I absolutely love the idea of making a bunny cake out of this, brilliant 🙂 Thank you so much for your awesome feedback, I really appreciate it 🙂
Can this cake be frozen?
Hi Sharon, I’m not too sure since I have never tried freezing this type of cake. There are fresh berries in there, so I am afraid they will be mushy after they thaw. I hope that helps answer your question.
I used a boxed cake mix but followed the frosting recipe. This was FANTASTIC!
Hi Janet 🙂 Very happy to hear you loved this chantilly cake frosting! I hope you get a chance to make the cake layers next time! They are delicious 🙂 Thank you for your feedback 🙂
I haven’t baked in years and I made this cake for my mom’s birthday last week. Both my mom and my grandmother said it was the BEST cake they had ever tasted (better than any professionally made cake) – and they would never lie or even sugar coat something. They would have told me if they didn’t like it! Everyone absolutely loved it. I would 100% recommend this cake recipe to anybody wanting to try it!! I mean the frosting was SO GOOD that I kept sticking my finger in to try some more while it was cooling in the fridge. So good.
Of course now my grandmother is wanting it for her birthday but she asked me to make cupcakes… I saw your previous comment saying that you were having trouble getting the simple syrup distributed. Is that the only issue? Can I use the rest of the cake ingredient measurements for cupcakes?
Thanks again for such an amazing recipe!
Yay!! You are too kind Ruby 🙂 I am so happy to hear that you and your family loved this Chantilly cake so much! This is also my husband’s favorite cake 🙂 Thank you so much for your awesome review!
Regarding the cupcakes, I have never tried making cupcakes from this recipe so I am not sure how it will turn out. I would imagine that you could make the same cake batter from the same ingredients. Then fill in the cupcake liners 3/4 full. For the simple syrup, you could just drizzle it over the top of the cupcakes. I hope that helps and I hope it works out delicious for you 🙂