If you’re reading this, congratulations! You’ve successfully survived the holidays, and have arrived in 2018. Phew. I do January. In a few weeks, Valentine’s Day will be upon us before we realize it. As such, January is a great month to introduce the “hack.” You may have heard of these in other forms, like an “easy recipe,” “cheat tips” or “busy mom secrets” (that last one I just threw in there, but it works), but really – for all intents and purposes – this is a “hack”. This Brandy Berry Angel Food Cake hack has five ingredients, and requires about 15 minutes of hands-on time. Have I convinced you yet? Overachievers, don’t worry, we’ll still have plenty of elaborate baking recipes to create from scratch, but The Sweet Nerd will definitely be releasing hacks throughout 2018!
WATCH ME HACK AWAY
Plan to make this one day ahead since there’s an ice cream filler that’ll need to freeze overnight. But otherwise, the stop motion explains it all. Buy an angel food cake from the grocery; any will do. At home, take the angel food cake out of the container and slice in half. Place the bottom half of the cake back into the container.
BRANDY BERRY TOPPING
This topping really takes the cake (pun intended) and should be prepared a full day ahead as well. Mix 4 cups of fruit in a 9×13 pan. For the fruit topping I used raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, a few orange slices and even a few cherries. Add 1 2/3 cups of sugar, and 1 cup of brandy. Let this sit overnight so the berries can thoroughly soak up the sugar and brandy.
BRANDY BERRY ANGEL FOOD CAKE – DONE AND DONE
I love the red and white in this cake – to me it screams “love” and “kisses”. Maybe a little boozy kiss. Hope this hack finds its way into your upcoming Valentine’s baking this month. Enjoy!
- Driscoll’s Raspberries
Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography
This berry cake hack sounds wonderful. I will definitely be making this for my loves for Valentine’s. Can’t wait! ????
Aw thanks. Maybe you’ll make it for me?!
I love the ease and beauty of this recipe! Maybe I’ll make it for my parents.. I think they’d really like it 🙂
That would be really sweet, Kendall. They’ll love it.
I love hacks, Cindy, they’re so my speed. This one looks like it took more work than it did with the ice cream filler. I’m going to omit the brandy and make for my three little valentines.
Yes – you should absolutely adjust to your audience. 🙂
This is brilliant! Angel food cake is my favorite, but it takes so long to make by the time you separate out the egg whites, etc. Love this hack!
Thanks! I agree, it make it way more do-able.
This is something I could even find the time to do. Love the idea of #hacking your way into something so beautiful!
Me too. Thanks Ryan – I think it’s pretty too.
This looks like an awesome dessert. Those berries look amazing.
Thanks Sandi. Driscoll’s has the best berries ever – I don’t know how they do it but they seem to have good looking fruit for all seasons.
This is so lovely. I love how fresh the flavors must be and how bright and happy it looks! Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! 🙂
Thanks Valentina! What a pretty name. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
So lovely! Berries sure make cake decorating easy and tasty!
Agreed Linda, it’s a little cheat that’s tasty and good for your body.
I love berries and all the other ingredients! This recipe looks so good! Will make this soon!
Thanks Anna – if you do, please let me know! I would love to hear how it went.