These Mini Swedish Midsummer Meringue Cakes are a small bite version of the classic layer cake served in Sweden. Perfect for everything from celebrations to afternoon coffee with friends, this little delight knows how to steal the show!
This recipe is part of the Recipe ReDux monthly series. The Recipe Redux, in case you are wondering, is the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians. It’s focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. In honor of the Recipe Redux’s 6th birthday, this month’s theme was small bite desserts.
While I would like to say that these Mini Swedish Midsummer Meringue Cakes were the first thing that popped into my mind, the truth is I had about a dozen ideas floating around in my head! Mini ice cream cakes, mini vegan no-bake layer cakes, mini go-to vanilla cupcakes, mini wild blueberry pies…and the ideas continued. There is something about mini that is just so fun!
Fortunately, when I got 3 quarts of strawberries in my farm share earlier this week and also realized that this post would coincide with the start of summer and midsummer, it was pretty clear what I needed to make.
My mom makes the most amazing Meringue Party Cake. Known as “Kalas Tårta med Maräng” in Swedish, it’s composed of layers of cake, meringue, whipped cream, strawberries or other berries, and sometimes dark chocolate. This delectable cake is equally suited for birthdays, graduations, and midsummer celebrations.
These Mini Swedish Midsummer Meringue Cakes are perfect for celebrating the start of summer. Besides, I’m always up for a good recipe challenge, which in this case included:
- converting an old Swedish recipe into American measurement units,
- while also tweaking it to make it a little healthier,
- totally changing the size of the final product,
- and keeping my new puppy from tasting during the photoshoot!
Fortunately, I seemed to have the energy of the midnight sun with me all day yesterday during the testing process!
So how are these mini meringue cakes healthier than their classic counterpart?
- For starters, their smaller size encourages smaller portions, which means less total calories.
- I also used oat and almond flour to make them whole grain; this also happened to make them gluten-free.
- I used a little less sugar than the classic recipe and made the whipped cream like my mom does: straight-up whipped cream without any added sugar. The plain cream actually makes for a really nice contrast to the sweetness of the meringue and strawberries.
- I sprinkled the finished dessert with some cacao nibs, rich in antioxidants and other nutritive properties. You could also use shaved dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao). Or skip this step–my kids prefer theirs without chocolate, and thinking back I also remember not wanting to mix fruit and chocolate when I was little!
The cake part of my finished dessert is a bit more like a cookie than a cake, but it’s a soft and chewy cookie that softens even more when you layer it with meringue and cream. I also left most of mine single layered, but You can serve them up as a single- or multi- layered cake. Either way, they are a show-stopper and so delicious! Just make sure you have a nice strong cup of coffee on the side, and preferably good company too! Enjoy and savor the joyful eating moment and the summer sun.These Swedish #Midsummer Meringue Cakes are perfect for celebrating the start of summer! #theRecipeRedux Click To Tweet
My oldest son loves this dessert. My younger son prefers his berries separate from his cake, but decided this cake was worthy of sampling. As I’ve mentioned before, enticing picky kids with new desserts is a great way to get them to explore new foods. Dessert or afternoon coffee also tends to be less pressure-filled than dinner. Think about it, how often do you say “Johnny, please eat your dessert, it’s got lots of good sugar in it.” Haha.
- CAKE layer
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 egg yolks (save whites for meringue)
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons almond flour or meal
- ¼ cup GF oat flour (or use GF all-purpose flour)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- MERINGUE layer
- 2 egg whites
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¼ cup slivered almonds (optional)
- WHIPPED CREAM layer
- ½ cup heavy or whipping cream
- FRUIT layer
- ½ quart strawberries, sliced
- FINAL TOUCH
- cacao nibs or shaved dark chocolate
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a reusable baking mat.
- In a mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric whisk. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time.
- In a small bowl, combine flours and baking powder. Stir into the sugar-butter-egg mixture. Mix in the vanilla and milk.
- In another bowl, beat the egg whites and half the sugar with an electric whisk until stiff peaks start to form. Stir in the rest of the sugar.
- Using a small ice cream scooper or a spoon, scoop out cookie dough balls and place onto the parchment paper. Flatten with your palm and then top each one with a scoop of meringue. Spread the meringue to almost the edge of the cookie. Sprinkle with slivered almonds if desired and bake for about 20 minutes or until cookie and meringue are set.
- Meanwhile, pour whipping cream into a bowl and beat with a whisk until starting to hold its shape.
- Top each meringue cookie with whipped cream and strawberries. Make a double layer cake if you wish. Sprinkle the top with cacoa nibs or shaved dark chocolate.