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Mama's Snow Cake

 Mama's Snow Cake
For a beautiful finish to a winter meal, I serve this "snow" cake. This dessert is so impressive its fluffy interior and its sweet exterior.—Jim Luker, Chesapeake, Virginia
12-16 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 5 tablespoons melted snow (or water)
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Flaked coconut

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg
  • yolks and extracts; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder and 1/2
  • teaspoon salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Add
  • coconut and orange peel. In a small bowl, beat egg whites with

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Directions (continued)

  • remaining salt until stiff peaks form; gently fold into batter. Pour
  • into three greased 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for
  • 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean (if wood burning stove is used, start peeking after 25
  • minutes). Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool
  • completely.
  • For icing, combine sugar, egg whites, water and corn syrup in a heavy
  • saucepan or double boiler. With a portable mixer, beat on low for 1
  • minute. Continue beating on low speed over low heat until frosting
  • reaches 160°, about 8-10 minutes. Pour into a bowl; add vanilla.
  • Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Place one cake
  • layer on a serving plate. Spread with frosting and sprinkle with
  • coconut. Repeat. Top with last layer. Frost top and sides of cake;
  • sprinkle with coconut. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 430 calories, 15 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 327 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.