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This recipe for berry Chantilly Sheet Cake is a soft and tender sponge cake with fresh berries and a fluffy Chantilly cream icing that melts in your mouth!

Made easy by turning it into a sheet cake. It’s perfect for any celebration and gets rave reviews! You don’t even have to tell anyone how easy it is to make!

Slice of chantilly cake topped with fresh berries on a white plate with blue trim. Set on a red napkin with sheet cake in the background.

Chantilly Cake is an absolute family favorite at our house. We first fell in love with this cake while enjoying it at a birthday party. It was my brother-in-law’s birthday and they served a Publix chantilly cake and you really can’t go wrong with any of Publix’s cakes!

However, I just knew I had to come up with my version of a Publix Chantilly Cake and I wasn’t going to rest until I did.

My kids loved, and technically I should say adored that chantilly cake! At least that is what they told me, before begging me to make one!

I knew I had to figure it out, but wanted to make an easy version. I also wanted to make one that would be good for our family gatherings! That bunch really loves cake!

Up close image of a slice of chantilly cake topped with fresh berries on a white plate with blue trim.

Ingredients

Images of ingredients for a chantilly sheet cake.
  • White cake mix – I have tested with Dunkin Hines and had amazing results. You can use what you have on hand.
  • Eggs – I use the whole egg, but you can also use just egg whites.
  • Milk – Whole milk makes for a really moist and soft cake.
  • Oil or melted butter – Vegetable, canola oil, or melted butter all work great.
  • Strawberry and raspberry jam – You can use one, both, or the jam of choice.
  • Cream cheese – I like to use full-fat cream cheese for silkiness smooth texture.
  • Marscapone cheese – The combination of cream and mascarpone cheese makes this a chantilly icing. The taste and texture are amazing.
  • Powdered sugar – Gives just the right amount of sweetness. Some call this confectioners sugar. It’s all the same.
  • Heavy whipping cream – This whips up so nicely and makes this icing light and fluffy.
  • Vanilla extract & Almond extract – Using a little of both give this icing a really beautiful flavor. It makes it something special.
  • Fresh berries – Garnish with your favorite fresh berries that complement the jam filling. It adds freshness and really tops this cake off nicely.
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How to make chantilly sheet cake

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

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Chantilly Sheet Cake & Jam Filling

This sheet cake is a semi-homemade version to simplify the process while not losing out on flavor.

It starts with a cake mix and then you add in simple pantry items to get a nice sponge-like cake. I use this doctored-up cake mix recipe when I bake a white cake. I often also add sour cream but wanted a more sponge-like texture for this cake so I left it out.

  1. Use a stand mixer to mix all the cake ingredients together until combined.
  2. Bake the cake and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  3. While cooling, microwave jam until it liquifies. Then pour over the cake and let it cool completely.
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Chantilly Whipped Cream Icing

For the icing, we are going all out homemade! That doesn’t mean difficult though. It comes together easily and I promise it is so good you will be lucky if it makes it from the bowl to the cake!

Here are some great tips on making perfect whipped cream.

  1. Whip heavy whipping cream and extracts until stiff peaks form.
  2. Beat together the cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, and powdered sugar until blended and smooth.
  3. Gently fold whipping cream into cream cheese mixture. Spread onto cooled caked and garnish with berries. Refrigerate until ready to serve (at least 2 hours).
Chantilly sheet cake topped with fresh berries in a white enamel jelly roll pan with bright blue trim. Set on a white table with red napkin to the side.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is chantilly cream?

Chantilly cream may sound a little fancy, but it really is just a sweetened whipped cream made with heavy cream. The name Chantilly actually comes from the place where it was is thought to be invented, Château de Chantilly France. Here is a little history on it, if you want to know more.

It is traditionally made with vanilla, but I add a little almond to this recipe for an amazing flavor. I also prefer the taste of Chantilly cream made with a mixture of mascarpone and cream cheese. It’s the perfect combination.

What is the difference between and chantilly cake and a gentilly cake?

Often you may hear a Chantilly cake referred as a Gentilly cake.
Really the difference is a Gentilly cake is typically made with buttermilk rather than milk like in a Chantilly cake.

What is mascarpone?

Mascarpone (pronounces mahs-car-Poh-nay) is an Italian double or triple cream cheese. It is smooth and silky in texture. It is made from cow’s milk and has a high butterfat content that gives it such a rich buttery texture.

It is much more creamy than American cream cheese which is firmer and tangier. It also is more expensive as well, but well worth it in for this recipe my opinion.

Where can you buy mascarpone cheese?

Usually, you can find this in the deli aisle in your grocery store, where the specialty cheeses are located. Keep in mind this cheese usually has a freshness date of only a week or so. You won’t want to buy this too far in advance when making this recipe.

Up close image of chantilly sheet cake topped with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
  • Make sure the cream cheese and mascarpone cheeses are completely softened/room temperature. This will make for a smooth icing.
  • For a true white frosting use a clear vanilla extract.
  • Want a super-smooth icing? Sift the powdered sugar before mixing it into the cream cheese.
  • Keep in mind how hot your oven cooks (all oven temperatures are different) and watch the cake cook time. I like to check about 5 minutes before the earliest cook time to be sure it doesn’t overbake.
  • You can serve this at room temperature. However, I wouldn’t keep it out any more than 1 to 2 hours. I definitely don’t recommend serving this cake outside in warm temperatures. The whipped cream icing melts quickly in the heat.

Tips

Storing Chantilly Cake

Chantilly cream, as well as berries, are somewhat delicate. You are using fresh whipped cream and a cream cheese mixture, so this cake needs to be stored covered in the refrigerator.

The berries on top will keep the wrap from getting stuck to the icing and keep the cake pretty. It will keep for up to 3 days.

Variations

Traditionally this cake is made with a combination of fresh berries. Here are a few ideas that I think would also be delicious:

  • You could feature just one particular berry and use the complimenting jam.
  • I think this would be delicious with fresh peaches or nectarines and peach jam.
  • Guava, mango, or papaya sounds delicious too.
  • A tropical vibe would be amazing with fresh pineapple on top, pineapple jam filling, and use coconut extract in place of the almond extract.
Chantilly sheet cake topped with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Set in a sheer pan with a slice remove showing the sponge cake.

This cake is perfect for a family gathering, an Easter or spring dessert, church potluck, or just when you want cake!

The colors of the berries are perfect for summer and patriotic festivities. Just remember not to keep this one out in the heat!

Last time I served this cake I was told by a friend it reminded them of the Whole Foods cake! So if you love chantilly cake from Whole foods you are sure to love this one too!

I hope you enjoy this delicious cake! When I serve this I really do get rave reviews. According to my daughter, it’s the best cake she’s ever had!

It’s now on my most requested dessert list from family and friends, along with my banana pudding and chocolate cake with oreo whipped cream!

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Chantilly Sheet Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
This recipe for berry Chantilly Sheet Cake is a soft and tender sponge cake with fresh berries and a fluffy Chantilly cream icing that melts in your mouth! Perfect for any celebration!
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Ingredients 

White Cake

  • 1 box white Cake Mix, (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 3 eggs, you can also use only whites

Berry Jam Filling

  • ½ cup strawberry jam
  • ½ cup seedless raspberry jam

Chantilly Whipped Cream Icing

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, full fat
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Fresh Fruit to garnish – I use strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries

Instructions

Vanilla Sponge Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare Jelly Roll pan or 9 X 13 baking dish by spraying with baking spray.
  • Place cake mix in a large mixing bowl. Add in eggs, milk, and vegetable, canola oil or melted butter. Beat with an electric mixer or in a stand mixer until batter is smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Spread batter into the pan evenly and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes for a 9 X 13 dish or 10 to 15 minutes for a jelly roll pan. It will be done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let slightly cool while preparing jam filling.

Jam Filling

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, pour strawberry and raspberry jam and mix together. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until the jam becomes runny or liquified. Spread evenly over hot cake.
  • Allow cake to cool completely.

Chantilly Cream

  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat heavy cream, vanilla, and almond extracts until stiff peaks form.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, cream together softened cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in powdered sugar until combined and smooth.
  • Gently fold whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture using a rubber spatula. Fold until just combined. Refrigerate until the cake is cooled and ready to assemble.
  • Spread evenly onto the cake with an offset spatula.
  • Garnish with fresh berries, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Notes

✱ Nikki’s Tips
  • Make sure the cream cheese and mascarpone cheeses are completely softened/room temperature. This will make for a smooth icing.
  • For a true white frosting use a clear vanilla extract.
  • Want a super-smooth icing? Sift the powdered sugar before mixing it into the cream cheese.
  • Keep in mind how hot your oven cooks (all oven temperatures are different) and watch the cake cook time. I like to check about 5 minutes before the earliest cook time to be sure it doesn’t overbake.
  • You can serve this at room temperature. However, I wouldn’t keep it out any more than 1 to 2 hours. I definitely don’t recommend serving this cake outside in warm temperatures. The whipped cream icing melts quickly in the heat.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 291kcal (15%) Carbohydrates: 23g (8%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 21g (32%) Saturated Fat: 10g (63%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 70mg (23%) Sodium: 108mg (5%) Sugar: 19g (21%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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8 Comments

  1. have you or anyone else done this in two layers? i’m making a cake for a big birthday party and thinking about making it in a 13 x 18 pan and cutting it in half (to have two 13 x 9 cakes) and putting filling between the layers… anyone know if this should work well? and if the cooking time will change? thanks so much, i look forward to it!

    1. Hi Jenny, I have made it in a 9 X 13 or a Jelly Roll pan which is 15 X 10. I have cook times in the recipe card for both. A 9 X 13 will be thicker slices. I like a jelly roll pan but both work. You could also use round pans and cook as cake mix times suggest. I like to always check a little early as all ovens vary. This is one of our favorites. I hope you enjoy and can’t wait to hear what you think.

    1. Thank you, Victoria! I just made one this past week for my daughter’s birthday. It is her favorite.