A Light and delicious meringue cake recipe. Topped with fresh berries it is a special treat enjoyed by all.
Preheat oven to 275F.
Cut three 8-in. (20-cm) circles from parchment paper and place on two baking sheets.
In a small bowl, stir 1/2 cup sugar with cornstarch. Set aside.
Place egg whites in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer on high, beat until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Gradually beat in remaining 1 cup sugar. Continue beating until stiff, glossy peaks form when beaters are lifted. Then gradually beat in cornstarch mixture, salt, vinegar and vanilla. Using a spatula, gently fold in nuts.
Divide meringue mixture evenly between parchment circles. Using a spatula, spread to edges of circles. Smooth tops.
Reduce oven temperature to 225F (110C). Bake meringues 11/2 to 2 hours, rotating baking sheets halfway through. Turn off oven and let meringues dry in oven for 30 more min. Remove from oven and leave on baking sheets until completely cool.
Using an electric mixer, whip cream until definite peaks form when beaters are lifted. Place one meringue round on cake plate. Spread one-third of cream over meringue just to edge. Scatter with one-third of berries. Top with another meringue round. Spread with half of remaining cream, then scatter with half the berries. Place another meringue round on top. Add the remaining cream. Decorate with remaining berries. If not serving right away, refrigerate up to 2 hours.