‘Skinnylicious’ vanilla cake

Preparation time
30 mins to 1 hour

Cooking time
1 to 2 hours

Makes 1 cake


Equipment: you will need a sugar thermometer and a blowtorch

By Mich Turner
From Saturday Kitchen


For the berry compote

  • 400g/14oz fresh or frozen berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants or blackberries
  • 100g/3½oz golden caster sugar
  • 1 orange, juice and finely grated zest

For the vanilla cakes

  • little vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 6 medium free-range eggs
  • 190g/6¾oz golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 190g/6¾oz plain flour, sieved

For the Italian meringue

  • 300g/10½oz golden caster sugar
  • 25g/1oz liquid glucose
  • 4 medium free-range egg whites (total weight 140g/5oz)