This is a subtle cake: the coffee tempers the sweetness, and the buttery sweetness keeps it all mellow. Even if you don't make cakes, this one is a cinch. Don't be alarmed if the two sponge layers look thin when you unmold them. They are meant to be, because the cake gains a lot of height with its frosting. This cake is all about old-fashioned, homespun charm, so don't worry about how messy it looks: however the frosting goes on is fine. (Photo: Craig Lee for NYT)
Fantasy Pavlova topped with luscious berries - perfect for Christmas in New Zealand! (Annabel Langbein). This is how I like my pav - loaded with berries on top of a blend of 50/50 sweetened whipped cream and greek yoghurt, just to cut down the richness a tad.