Mom’s Stratum Cake

I write this post for my siblings who have been asking me to share one of our mother’s favorite cake recipes.  It is a very simple cake with common ingredients. The reasons we all love this cake is because it has different layers with different textures, and flavors that make each bite feel like a sweet geological sensation. 


2.5 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup sugar – separated into two ½ cups
2 butter sticks (8oz/200gr) – room temperature
4 eggs - separated
2/3 cup fruit sauce,
1 package Instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Making the dough:

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C
Prepare a small baking pan (7X11 or 9x9).

Mix together flour, ½ cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, egg yolks, and vanilla extract and beat until all ingredients combine together. 

 Split the dough into two parts.
Take one part of the dough, wrap with plastic wrap, and put in the fridge.
Take the other half of the dough and place it in the baking pan, use your hands, or a bottom of a cup to flatten the dough in the pan.

Spread the fruit sauce over the dough. 

In a clean mixer bowl whip the egg whites with sugar until you receive sturdy white foam. Add the instant vanilla pudding mix and fold it carefully into the cream. 

Pour the mixture in to the pan on top of the fruit sauce.

Take the other half of the dough from the fridge and remove the plastic wrap. Use a coarse grater to shred the dough over the pan. Make sure to move the grater as you go, so the shredded pieces will cover the cake evenly. 

Bake for 40 minutes.