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Canada Day Cake

Start with a 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) sponge cake (recipe follows), or
use your favourite recipe for white cake of that size, and completely
cover it with whipped cream. Then form the outside red borders and
distinctive maple leaf with sliced strawberries. Be sure to
refrigerate the cake until sparkler time, then cut it and toast
our 132nd birthday.

Sponge Cake: 1-1/2 cups Cake-and- pastry flour 375 mL

1/4 tsp salt 1 mL
5 eggs, separated
pinch cream of tartar
1-1/2 cups sugar 375 mL

3/4 tsp finely grated orange rind 4mL
1/3 cup orange juice 75 mL

8 cups strawberries 2 L
3 cups whipping cream 750 mL
1/4 cup icing sugar 50 mL
1 tsp vanilla (or 2 tbsp/25 mL orange liqueur) 5 mL

Sift together flour and salt. Return to sifter and set aside. In
large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy: sprinkle with cream of
tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add half of the
sugar, beating until stiff glossy peaks form.

In large bowl, beat egg yolks and remaining sugar until thickened;
stir in orange rind and juice. Fold into egg whites. Sift flour,
a third at a time, over egg mixture, gently folding in each addition.

Transfer to ungreased 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan and bake in
350F (180C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until spongy to a light
touch. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes; turn out onto wire rack to
cool completely. If possible, wrap and store for 1 day. (Cake can
be frozen for up to 2 months.)

Hull and slice about one-quarter of the strawberries. Whip cream;
stir in icing sugar and vanilla.

With long serrated knife, cut cake horizontally in half. Set 1
layer, cut side up, on serving tray. Spread with about one-third
of the whipped cream mixture; cover with single layer of sliced
strawberries. Set top layer, cut side down, over berries. Spread
remaining cream over top and sides.

Cut remaining berries in half and arrange in overlapping rows, cut
side down, forming 2 side bands and a maple leaf in centre. Arrange
remaining berries as garnish around sides of cake.


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