This recipe truly lives up to its name. The pecan-dotted cake is stacked in three layers, and made-from-scratch frosting is the crowning touch.—Karen R. Jones, Claypool, Indiana
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 2 cups sugar, divided
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups cake flour
- 5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/3 cups whole milk
- 6 egg whites
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups sugar
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Grease and flour three 9-in. round baking pans; set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and 1-3/4 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
- In a large bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Fold in nuts.
- Transfer to prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 18-22 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.
- For filling, in a small heavy saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
- Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool.
- For frosting, in a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, egg whites, water and cream of tartar over low heat. With a hand mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low over low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 8-10 minutes. Pour into a large bowl; add vanilla. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes.
- Spread filling between cake layers. Frost cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Majestic Pecan Cake in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2010, p56
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