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Eton Mess Ice Cream Cake – such a delicious summery mess to eat!

Posted on January 21, 2013 by in desserts

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Eton Mess

Eton Mess is a delicious mess of fresh strawberries, meringue and cream which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the students of Harrow School. You might be confused with the word “mess”, because our perception of the word is that it is ugly and inedible…..well that is so untrue of this dessert!

The theory I like most about Eton Mess is that it was  created in a moment of panic when a meringue dessert was dropped accidentally, but was salvaged and served as a crushed meringue with strawberries and cream.  Let’s face it, we all have those accidents in the kitchen and I am embarrassed to tell you how many recipes of mine I had to salvage…… In the end it becomes a new recipe, but just saying it can be rather stressful!

Eton Mess

But imagine putting this Eton Mess inside ice-cream…in a cake!

Of course like all traditional and good recipes, mankind likes to fiddle with them and with Eton Mess it is no exception. The meringues have been replaced with chocolate  or coffee meringues and the strawberries have been replaced by all sorts of berries and even other fruits. It is however a good thing that we give recipes our own twist.  Imagine if we all stick to the same-old, same-old recipes…life would be pretty boring.

So I woke up Saturday morning with this  thought to make an Eton Mess Ice Cream cake that I could serve in slices rather than scoops. As you all know by know, if the recipe bug bites…..I will not rest until it is done.  My original idea was to flatten the ice cream on a plastic sheet, top it with bits of meringue and berries and roll it up like a roulade, but in this heat, I was not quick enough to do all that before the ice-cream  melted. In stead I made the Eton Mess Ice Cream Cake in a small bread pan, it worked I hope you like it!

Eton Mess

Eton Mess Ice Cream Cake

served 8


250 g mixed summer berries – I used raspberries and blackberries

2 liters  good quality vanilla ice-cream

10 small meringues

sprigs of mint for decorating


Line a small bread(26 x 10 cm)  pan with cling film so that the plastic hangs over the sides of the pan. Spoon the ice-cream into a mixing bowl, crush all the meringues into the ice cream and fold in. It is important that you work really fast, the ice cream must never melt completely. Spoon half the ice cream into the bread pan and with the back of a spoon smooth the surface of the ice cream. Place all the berries on this layer of ice cream and make sure the different color berries are spread evenly. Top with the other half of the ice cream and close with the flaps of the overlapping plastic. Freeze for at least a day! When ready to serve, quickly dip the bread pan into hot water and turn over onto a long plate.  Decorate with berries and little sprigs of mint. Serve  a drizzle of Salted Caramel!

Eton Mess

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4 Responses to “Eton Mess Ice Cream Cake – such a delicious summery mess to eat!”

  1. usha singh 21 January 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Wow this looks amazing & i am sure i can replace the meringues with some biscuits or even some whispers–i will have to try this asap

  2. Zirkie 21 January 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Yummy, Nina! Dit lyk absoluut heerlik en so pragtig! Net die regte ding vir die warm somersweer!

  3. tami 21 January 2013 at 10:48 am #

    My mouth is watering Nina. Beautiful pics and what a lovely recipe xx

  4. Emma 21 January 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Wow this looks amazing. I am going to try this at home very soon. Beautiful photography. Please check out the food blog I have just started Thanks!

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