Tangy Lemon Berry Mousse Cake Recipe

A soft spongy lemon cake recipe with a layered fresh berry mousse topping.

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Tangy Lemon Cake Layer:
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
grated rind of 1 orange
grated rind of 1 lemon
Berry Mousse Layer:
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 1/4 tsp powdered gelatin
2 cups fresh berries (pitted cherries, raspberries, or strawberries)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
2 cups cold heavy cream
* optional: 1 drop pink food coloring
Berry Glaze:
2 cups fresh berries
1-2 tbsp water
1/4 cup sugar


Sponge Cake Layer:

Preheat oven to 350F, and grease a 9x12 baking pan.

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy and then gradually beat in eggs one at a time.

Fold in flour, orange and lemon rinds.

Pour into greased pan and bake for 1 - 1.5 hours until it is set in the middle, and is golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool in baking pan.

In the meanwhile, prepare the berry mousse:

Place lemon juice in a small bowl and sprinkle with gelatin. Let sit until gelatin softens.

In a blender, puree 2 cups fresh berries until smooth, scraping down bowl as needed. *Optional, add 1 drop of pink food coloring for added vibrance.

Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring cup, pressing on solids (you should have about 1 cup of puree); set aside solids for your glaze.

In a small saucepan, combine berry puree and 1/2 cup sugar over medium cook until bubbling.

Add gelatin mixture and cook, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves, about 1 minute.

Transfer mixture to a small bowl and let cool to room temperature, 20 minutes.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream and 2 tablespoons sugar on medium-high until firm peaks form, about 4 minutes.

With a rubber spatula, gently fold in berry puree mixture until combined.

Pour over cooled cake.

Smooth top and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours (or up to overnight).

Before serving prepare berry sauce by heating berries in a medium saucepan until they begin to soften and liquefy. Add sugar water to desired consistency and bring to a boil.

Let come to a simmer. Take off stove and use a hand held blender to liquefy about 3/4 of the sauce.

Pour warm over individual slices of cake.

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