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Marzipan meringue berry cake in heart shape – for loved ones

Marzipan meringue berry cake in heart shape – for loved ones

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Delicate shortbread, fine marzipan, crispy airy meringue and fruity berries make this heart cake a special taste experience. Made in heart shape, it also looks very cute and is perfect for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. But even without any occasion, you can surprise your loved ones with the marzipan meringue berry cake. It is easy and quick to make with ordinary ingredients. You can find a detailed recipe for the cake in heart shape with exact quantities and step-by-step instructions here at the very bottom.

A combination of shortbread, marzipan, meringue and berries

This heart shaped cake has four different flavors that perfectly complement each other. The base from the cake is the delicate shortbread base that practically melts in your mouth. The marzipan layer makes the heart cake moist and gives it a nutty note. The sweet meringue tastes airy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Thanks to berries, the cake has an additional fruity flavor.

Cake in heart shape with shortbread, marzipan, meringue, berries

Cake in heart shape for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day

With its unique appearance in heart shape and its equally unique taste, this cake is ideal for a special occasion. For example, you can make it for your mom for Mother’s Day. Or surprise your favorite person with it on Valentine’s Day. No matter for which occasion you make the marzipan meringue berry cake, your loved ones are guaranteed to eat it with joy.

Which berries do I use for the heart cake?

You can use any berries for the cake in heart shape. Of course, it looks best with red berries, such as raspberries, strawberries or red currants. The heart shaped cake will look better with fresh fruit. But you can also use frozen berries. But you must defrost them first and let them drain thoroughly, preferably overnight.

Heart cake with shortbread, marzipan, meringue, berries

This marzipan meringue berry cake in heart shape is

  • fruity,
  • moist,
  • tender,
  • airy,
  • crispy,
  • sweet,
  • very tasty,
  • ideal for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day,
  • easy and quick to make with common ingredients.

How to make marzipan meringue berry cake: the recipe

The recipe for this cake in heart shape is very simple and fast. Here you can form a rough idea of how the making goes, and what you need for it. You can find the exact quantities and step-by-step instructions for making the marzipan meringue berry cake yourself here below in the box recipe.

For the shortbread you need

  • butter at room temperature,
  • sugar,
  • flour
  • and vanilla – vanilla sugar, vanilla powder, vanilla extract or vanilla bean scraped out.

For the marzipan layer you will need

  • marzipan raw paste,
  • egg yolk
  • and some freshly squeezed lemon juice.

For the meringue add

  • egg white,
  • powdered sugar
  • and a small amount of lemon juice.

For the filling you also need

  • any berries
  • and fruit jelly.

How to make the heart shaped cake: this is how it works (See the detailed recipe below.)

  1. For the cake base, knead all the ingredients into a soft dough and chill it for about half an hour.
  2. For the marzipan filling, simply mix the three ingredients together to make a sticky mixture.
  3. For the meringue, whip all ingredients until stiff.
  4. Now you can start shaping the heart cake. First roll out the shortbread into a large heart. Then coat the heart with the marzipan mixture, forming a narrow edge. From the inside of the marzipan edge, make a slightly thicker edge with the egg white mixture. Fill the center of the heart with berries. Now bake the heart shaped cake at 180 °C for about 15 minutes and immediately spread the berries with fruit jelly. Done!

Marzipan meringue berry cake for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day

How to make heart shape cake with marzipan, meringue, berries: tips and tricks

  • Knead the dough only briefly, until it has a homogeneous consistency, and in any case not too long. Otherwise, the heat of your hands will melt the butter in the dough, it will become stickier, and you will need more and more flour. This could make the cake taste dry and firm in the end.
  • You can either cut the heart out of the dough just like that, use a large heart cookie cutter for it, or place a heart baking pan on the rolled out dough and cut out the heart around the pan. I did it the third way.
  • Use raw marzipan paste with as high an almond content as possible and a low sugar content for the heart cake.
  • Depending on how dry your marzipan paste is, you may need a little more or less lemon juice for the marzipan layer. Therefore, add the juice to the marzipan mixture a little at a time so that it doesn’t become too runny.

Did you make the marzipan meringue berry cake in heart shape according to this recipe? I’m looking forward to your result, your star rating and your comment here below on how you succeeded and tasted the heart cake.

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Marzipan meringue berry cake in heart shape – for loved ones

Marzipan meringue berry cake in heart shape

Delicate shortbread, fine marzipan, crispy airy meringue and fruity berries make this heart cake a special taste experience. Made in heart shape, it also looks very cute and is perfect for Mother's Day or Valentine's Day. But even without any occasion, you can surprise your loved ones with the marzipan meringue berry cake. It is easy and quick to make with ordinary ingredients according to this recipe.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cooling time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 7

Ingredients
  

for the dough

  • 150 g butter (room temperature)
  • 50 g sugar
  • approx. 200 g flour
  • vanilla
  • 1 pinch of salt

for the marzipan layer

  • 200 g raw marzipan paste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • approx. 10 ml lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

for the meringue layer

  • 1 egg white
  • 75 g powdered sugar
  • 1/3 tsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

for the filling

  • approx. 150 - 200 g red berries (raspberries, strawberries, red currants)

for the coating

  • 50 g red fruit jelly

Instructions
 

  • If you use frozen berries for the cake, let them thaw and drain thoroughly beforehand.

Making the dough

  • Mix flour, sugar and salt.
  • Add softened butter and vanilla and knead it quickly into a soft dough. Wrap it in an airtight container and chill it for about 30 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough on a sheet of baking paper about 0.5 cm thick and cut out a large heart, possibly with the help of a heart shape. Pull the shortbread heart directly onto the baking paper on the baking sheet. You can bake cookies from the leftover dough.

Making the marzipan layer

  • Mix marzipan paste and egg yolk.
  • Gradually add lemon juice and knead it into a sticky mass.
  • Spread half of the marzipan mixture evenly on the shortbread heart and form a rim of about 0.7 cm high on the heart with the second half of the marzipan mixture, always moistening your hands with a little water.

Making the meringue layer

  • Beat egg whites, powdered sugar and lemon juice until stiff.
  • Spread the egg white mixture about 2 cm wide along the marzipan edge from the inside. I used the piping bag with the open star nozzle for this and piped the border from the egg white mixture in the shape of small roses.

Filling the heart cake

  • Spread berries in the center of the heart to the egg white mixture.

Baking the cake in heart shape

  • Bake the heart shaped cake in a preheated oven at 180 °C top and bottom heat for about 15 minutes.
  • Spread the berry layer with fruit jelly, also filling the small cavities between the berries with it while the heart cake is still hot, and then let it cool.

Notes

  • Knead the dough only briefly until it has a homogeneous consistency, and in no case for too long.
  • Use raw marzipan paste with as high an almond content as possible and a low sugar content for the heart cake.
  • Note the detailed tips and tricks for making the marzipan meringue berry cake in heart shape at the top of the post.
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