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Easy Fresh Fruit Cake

Fresh fruit cake on a serving plate with fresh berries in the background.

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This fresh fruit cake is made with soft and fluffy layers of Genoise cake, airy and light Chantilly frosting, and topped with fresh fruit of your choice. It is a summertime dream perfect for any special occasion.



For Genoise cake:

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons (120 g) granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup + 4 1/2 tablespoons (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 sachet (9 g) vanilla sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For syrup:

  • 1/3 cup (100 ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For Chantilly cream:

  • 2 cups (475 g) cold heavy cream, 30% fat
  • 4 tablespoons (60 g) powdered sugar

For filling and decoration:

  • 1 1/2 lb (660 g) fresh fruits  (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, oranges, kiwis, grapes)
  • 2.5 oz. (70 g) toasted flaked almonds


  1. To make Genoise cake, heat the oven to 355°F (180°C). Butter and flour the bottom and the sides of the 8-inch (20 cm) round pan (or springform pan). Melt the butter in the microwave and let it cool.
  2. In the heat-proof bowl, place eggs, vanilla, and granulated sugar and beat with a hand whisk a few times. Bring the bowl over a water bath or bain-marie with hot water and whisk the egg mixture until foamy. Warm it to 104°F (40°C): check with a cooking thermometer. If unavailable, the mixture should be warm to the touch.
  3. Bring the bowl to the counter and beat the preparation with an electric hand mixer (you can use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment) for 10 minutes until the ribbon stage. Sift half the flour over the bowl and mix with a rubber spatula from the bottom to the top. Add the remaining flour and gently mix. Mix a few spoonfuls of the batter with the warm melted butter, and add to the principal preparation. Gently mix the batter, making sure it does not deflate. 
  4. Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake in the middle oven rack for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Check the cake for doneness with a toothpick: it should come out clean after inserting it in the center of the cake. Remove it from the oven and rest for 5-10 minutes. Then turn the pan on a cooling rack, allowing the cake to slide off. Let the cake cool completely. 
  5. To make sugar syrup, pour water with sugar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add vanilla extract out of the heat, mix, and reserve at room temperature.
  6. To make Chantilly cream, place the bowl of a stand mixer and the whisk attachment or a large bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. Pour the cold heavy cream into the bowl. Start whisking at low speed until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar, increasing the speed of the mixer to medium and then high speed. You will go through medium to firm peaks.
  7. To assemble the cake, wash and dry the fruits well. Cut strawberries into 4-6 pieces, peel, and slice kiwis into thin slices. Peel oranges and divide them into segments. Then peel the skin off each segment. Leave some fruit for the decoration.
  8. Adjust a mousse cake mold to a diameter of 8 inches (20 cm) and line it with an acetate strip. Place it on a serving platter or a cake board. Cut the sponge cake into three layers with a sharp knife (serrated preferred) or a cake leveler. Place the bottom sponge layer on a serving platter or a cake board, and with a silicone or a pastry brush, generously soak it with the syrup.
  9. Cover the disc of the sponge cake with 1/4 Chantilly cream and arrange fruit pieces over the cream. Place the second cake disc on top and gently press it with your hands to ensure adherence. Soak it, and fill it with another 1/4 of cream and some fruit. Cover with the top layer and press it down slightly to finish the cake.
  10. Cover the mold with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Keep the bowl with the cream covered with plastic film in the refrigerator.
  11. Once ready to decorate, take the cake and cream from the fridge. Remove the ring and acetate collar. Apply the rest of the cream on top and around the cake. Decorate the top of the cake with fresh fruit and sprinkle with icing sugar. 


  1. Don't skip soaking the sponge cake; it helps keep it moist.
  2. Avoid over-whipping the cream. Stop the mixer at the moment of medium-stiff peaks for easy application of the cream. It counts for 1-3 seconds between medium and stiff peaks and over-whisking the cream.
  3. If desired, make some extra cream and place it into a piping bag fitted with a tip of your choice. Then, pipe some patterns around the edge of the cake.
  4. Respect the chilling time: let the cake firm up for a couple of hours. However, if necessary, the cake can be served right upon completion of the decoration.
  5. Ensure to wash and dry the fresh fruit thoroughly before using. Watery fruits tend to bleed into the cream frosting and become mushy quicker.
  6. Recalculate ingredients for cake pans of different sizes using this simple cake pan size converter.
  7. Make ahead option: Make Genoise sponge cake 1-2 days in advance and store it covered with plastic wrap at room temperature. Then finish the cake. 


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