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Special Strawberry Torte

 Special Strawberry Torte
Meet the Cook: The reason this is such a favorite is it's a little different yet quick and easy. At one time, my husband was a mess sergeant in the National Guard. When it came to cooking, there was always a little discussion over doing it my way or the Army way! We have four grown children and five grandchildren. -Alyce Kafka, Wagner, South Dakota
10-12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Directions

  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting four
  • egg yolks for the whole eggs. Pour the batter into two greased and
  • floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add
  • 2/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks
  • form. Carefully spread over batter; sprinkle with almonds and
  • remaining sugar.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until meringue is golden and a
  • toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10
  • minutes before removing from pans to wire racks, meringue side up,
  • to cool completely.
  • Place one cake layer with meringue side up on a serving plate. Spread
  • with half of the whipping topping and top with half of the
  • strawberries. Repeat layers. Yield: 10-12 servings.

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Special Strawberry Torte (continued)

Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.