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Pineapple Meringue Cake

 Pineapple Meringue Cake
This was my grandmother's favorite recipe, made only for special occasions. I can remember watching her cook. She never measured anything and her food was always great, but I think she had to be a little more exact with this cake. -Carol Forbes, Norwalk, Connecticut
10-12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking
  • powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk,
  • beating well after each addition. Spread batter over the bottom of
  • two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans (batter will be
  • about 1/4 in. thick); set aside.
  • In another large bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft
  • peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time,
  • beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is
  • dissolved. Spread meringue evenly over batter; sprinkle with

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Pineapple Meringue Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • walnuts.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until meringue is lightly
  • browned. Cool in pans for 5 minutes; loosen edges of cakes from pans
  • with a knife. Using two large spatulas, carefully remove cakes from
  • pans; cool completely, meringue side up, on wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Fold
  • in pineapple. Transfer one cake layer to a serving plate, meringue
  • side up. Carefully spread filling over meringue; top with the
  • remaining cake layer. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 10-12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 331 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 191 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.