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My Inspiration Cake (1953)

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Servings: 12
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

Ingredients:
    CAKE:
1  c  Chopped pecans
2 1/4  c  Flour
1 1/2  c  Sugar
4  ts  Baking powder
1/2  ts  Salt
2/3  c  Shortening
1 1/4  c  Milk
1  t  Vanilla
4    Egg whites
2  oz  Semi-sweet chocolate,
    Grated
    FROSTING:
1/2  c  Sugar
2  oz  Unsweetened chocolate
1/4  c  Water
1/2  c  Shortening
1  t  Vanilla
2 1/4  c  Powdered sugar
1  tb  Up to ...
2  tb  Water

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. Sprinkle pecans evenly over bottom of both greased and floured pans. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine all cake ingredients except egg whites and chocolate. Beat 1 1/2 minutes at medium speed. Add egg whites, beat 1 1/2 minutes. Carefully spoon 1/4 of batter into each nut-lined pan; sprinkle with grated chocolate. Spoon remaining batter over grated chocolate; spread carefully. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown and top springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely. In small saucepan, combine 1/2 c sugar, unsweetened chocolate and 1/4 c water; cook over low heat until melted, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat; cool. In small bowl, combine 1/2 c shortening and 1 t vanilla. Gradually add 2 c of the powdered sugar until well blended. Reserve 1/3 c white frosting. To remaining frosting, add cooled chocolate, remaining 1/4 c powdered sugar and enough water for desired spreading consistency. To assemble cake, place one layer, nut side up on a serving plate. Spread top with about 1/2 c chocolate frosting. Top with remaining layer, nut side up. Frost sides and 1/2 inch around top edge of cake with remaining chocolate frosting. If necessary, thin reserved white frosting with enough water for desired piping consistency; pipe around edge of nuts on top of cake.


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