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Holiday Walnut Torte

 Holiday Walnut Torte
This torte is one of my grandma's best-loved recipes-tender layers of nut-filled cake put together with apricot glaze and cream cheese frosting. It's heavenly! —Eileen Korecko, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
10-12 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • GLAZE:
  • 2/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup ground walnuts, divided

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla on high speed for 5
  • minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Combine the flour,
  • walnuts, baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture. Beat cream
  • until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at

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Holiday Walnut Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir preserves and
  • sugar until sugar is dissolved. Set aside 1/2 cup. Brush remaining
  • glaze over cake tops.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add
  • confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Spread 1/2 cup
  • frosting over one cake; top with second cake and 3/4 cup frosting.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnuts over the top.
  • Brush reserved glaze over sides of cake; press remaining walnuts onto
  • sides. Pipe remaining frosting around top edge of cake. Store in the
  • refrigerator. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 580 calories, 30 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 121 mg cholesterol, 276 mg sodium, 74 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.