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Caramel-Frosted Potato Cake

 Caramel-Frosted Potato Cake
I am 90 years old and have been baking this cake very Christmas for 65 years! My sister-in-law gave me the recipe in 1941 and it has been in demand since. My grandchildren have never been able to figure out why it's called a potato cake since it doesn't taste like potatoes.
12-16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • 2 ounces German sweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons whole milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in the egg yolks, potatoes and chocolate. Combine the flour, baking
  • soda, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture
  • alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in
  • walnuts.

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Caramel-Frosted Potato Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into
  • batter. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until cake springs back when
  • lightly touched. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a
  • wire rack to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar; cook
  • and stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool for
  • 3 minutes. Stir in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk
  • to achieve a thick pouring consistency. Pour over cake. Yield: 12-16
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 415 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 300 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.