- Prep: –
- Cook Time: 5 min
- Total: 5 min
- Serving: Makes 12 servings
Have you ever wondered what desserts were like decades ago, before celebrity chefs, cupcake bakeries, and diet sweets were in style? Sure, the fancy neo-desserts of today are innovative—and many are awe-inspiring—but the desserts of the '40s, '50s, and '60s never go out of style. Here is a retro dessert recipe (with a slight updated twist) to give you a taste of the desserts your parents and grandparents grew up on.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup sifted cake flour
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 pints strawberry sorbet, softened
- 1 quart strawberry ice cream, softened
- 6 large egg whites
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch round springform pan with cooking spray.
- Whisk eggs, sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Set bowl over a pot of boiling water, not letting the bowl touch the water. Whisk continually to warm through, about 2 minutes.
- Remove bowl from heat and beat with a hand mixer for about 7 minutes, or until mixture is very thick. Gradually add flour, folding well after each addition. Fold in poppy seeds, then butter (in two steps). Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake cake for 28 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool, then remove sides.
- Line a 10-inch round bowl with plastic wrap leaving an 8-inch overhang. Spoon sorbet into bottom of bowl, then top with ice cream. Place cake over ice cream, pressing gently. Cover cake with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
- To make a meringue: beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, then vanilla. Unfold plastic wrap from cake and flip over onto a round pan. Remove plastic wrap. Spread meringue onto ice cream and re-freeze for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place cake on a large baking sheet and bake about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.