Yesterday was my birthday! YAY! Well… usually my husband buys me a chocolate cake from my favourite patisserie in town, but this year he was working in the other side of town and there was no way he could get there in time. So, I made myself a very quick but delicious birthday cake as I really did not want to spend too much time in the kitchen… not on my birthday! I made a quick version of the classic Meringata which is an Italian meringue pie (for a more fancy recipe, check out my Lemon Meringue Pie). I whipped it up in 5 minutes (it is that easy) and it tasted awesome! Doesn’t that sound like the perfect “self made” birthday cake? I had a fantastic day… a dear friend was so sweet to babysit our 2 little girls and my husband treated me to a night in the city, where we went to the Roxette concert… it was great and made me feel 16 again, the day of the year I needed it the most! Hahahaha I guess I have given away my age too… hehehe I would love to share a slice of this cake with each one of you! Enjoy and cheers… to me!
Ingredients (makes a 16 cm – 6.3 inches cake)
300 ml – 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
100 gms – 3.5 oz. meringues (plus a little more to decorate)
2 tbsp bittersweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp Marrons Glacés, chopped
Crumble the meringues (1) and whip the cream. Gently fold all the ingredients together (2-3) and press into a spring-form pan (4).
Put the cake in the freezer for a few hours to set. Unmold it and decorate it with more crumbled meringues, chocolate chips and Marrons Glacés.
Keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.
Such a simple recipe with impressive results! So gorgeous and yummy! Glad you had a wonderful birthday, Manu~
Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen says
Hi Manu, Happy Birthday! Love your emergency birthday cake – you’d never know that it took only minutes to rustle up. Hope you had a lovely day.
Happy Birthday! What a brilliant cake. It certainly doesn’t look like just a few minutes work. I’m definitely going to give it a try.
I hope you had a wonderful birthday and wish you many more!
Hi Manu, belated happy birthday….you have enjoyed your day to your liking and thats perfect.
Lovely meringue pie recipe…. 🙂
Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com says
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear, sweet Manu, happy birthday to you!
What a lovely cake, I can almost taste it. I love the contrast of textures.
I remember Roxette.
Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great day…I haven’t heard a Roxette song in ages! The pie looks fantastic!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
Happy Birthday!! What a creative use of meringues 🙂
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
Happy Birthday again Manu! Hope you had a wonderful birthday. 🙂
Che bella la meringata! E poi buona! And it also gives you that false sense of lightness….
Happy Birthday Manu 🙂 This cake looks lovely and it’s so cool to bake your own birthday cake.
Jennifer Barnaby says
Happy Birthday! Your home made cake looks better than anything you can get at a bakery anyway. Some of the best traditions start with husbands not doing something they should have!
happy birthday and this does look like a delicious easy cake! i would love to have gone to roxette, was my favourite as a youngster 😉
Kiri W. says
Happy Birthday belatedly! And wow, what a gorgeous pie, even though my attempts to have meringues keep any shape always fail and would probably ruin any attempt of mine at it. 😉
Nuts about food says
Happy belated birthday! Sounds like a perfect one to me and love this cake!
Marsha @ The Harried Cook says
That’s a beautiful cake, Manu! Simple cakes are often the best 🙂 I am so glad you had a wonderful day on your birthday! 🙂 Blessings…
i love this cake but please where we can fined the marron glacee in mlebourne?
Hi Norine! Not sure about Melbourne, but here in Sydney I find them in the Italian deli’s… maybe you’ll find them on Lygon st.?