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Maraschino Party Cake

 Maraschino Party Cake
Here's the recipe for Carol Anne's favorite birthday cake-minus that secret "optional" ingredient, of course.
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 16 maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Additional maraschino cherries, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg whites and cherry juice. Combine the flour, baking
  • powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with the
  • milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in cherries and nuts.

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Maraschino Party Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Place the batter in two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 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 frosting, combine the sugar, egg whites, water, corn syrup and
  • cream of tartar in a heavy saucepan over low heat or double boiler
  • over simmering water. With a portable 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 the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; add vanilla. Beat on
  • high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Spread between the
  • layers and over the top and sides of cake. Garnish with cherries if
  • desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 431 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 342 mg sodium, 78 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.