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Himmel Futter Torte

 Himmel Futter Torte
This recipe was a favorite of my grandma's. As kids, we called it "Dark Secret" because Grandma would vary the fruit with the season and we never knew what she hid under the cream.
12-15 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening, softened
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light. Add shortening and
  • vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, dates and
  • nuts; add to bowl and mix well. Spread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in.
  • baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool on
  • a wire rack. Break torte into small pieces and arrange on a serving
  • plate. Just before serving, place fruit on top and cover with
  • whipped cream. Fruit can be varied by season. Yield: 12-15 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 342 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 233 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.