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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10-12 servings

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 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 331 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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