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Sweetheart Walnut Torte

 Sweetheart Walnut Torte
I always donate one of these lightly sweet, heart-shaped tortes for our church bake sale. The congregation never gets to see it, however--the ladies in charge quickly put it aside for one of them to buy!
12-16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • MERINGUE:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Walnut halves
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Directions

  • Grease two 9-in. heart-shaped pans. Line with waxed paper and grease
  • the paper; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, milk and
  • vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually
  • add to creamed mixture. Pour into prepared pans.

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Sweetheart Walnut Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add sugar; beat until stiff and glossy. Fold in chopped
  • nuts. Spread evenly over batter, sealing edges to sides of pan.
  • Arrange walnut halves over meringue in one pan.
  • Bake at 300° for 55 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10
  • minutes; remove to wire racks. Invert so meringue side is up; cool
  • completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix until thickened. Fold in
  • whipped cream. Place plain cake, meringue side up, on serving plate.
  • Spread with half of the filling; top with remaining cake. Frost
  • sides with remaining filling. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 294 calories, 18 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.