Luxe layer extravaganza

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Boiling water
½ cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
⅔ cup Buttermilk
1⅔ cup All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda
½ teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
½ cup Butter, softened (1 stick)
1⅓ cup Granulated sugar
3 \N Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ cup Granulated sugar
¼ cup Water
1 cup Heavy cream
2 tablespoons 10 X (confectioners') sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
4 \N Egg whites
⅛ teaspoon Cream of tartar
1 cup Raspberries
1 teaspoon Grenadine
\N \N Garnish (Optional): whipped cream, orange zest,
\N \N Fresh raspberries


PREPARE THE CAKE: Grease a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Line with waxed paper. Grease the waxed paper. Preheat the oven to moderate (350F).

Pour the boiling water over the cocoa powder in a medium-size bowl; stir to dissolve the cocoa. Stir in the buttermilk; the mixture should be cool. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt onto a sheet of waxed paper.

Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the vanilla. Beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, alternating with the cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Pour into the prepared pan.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the center springs back when lightly pressed. Cool the cake in the pan on a large wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn the cake out onto the rack to cool completely. Remove the waxed paper.

PREPARE THE FILLING: Heat the granulated sugar and water to boiling in a very small saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil until the temperature registers 240 F on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat the heavy cream, 10 X sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl until stiff. Cover and refrigerate.

Using clean beaters, beat together the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Slowly beat the hot syrup into the egg whites, beating until the meringue forms stiff peaks and is cool.

Place the raspberries in a blender or food processor. Whirl for about 5 seconds to puree. Fold the raspberries and grenadine into the whipped cream. Gently fold the meringue into the raspberry cream. Set aside.

ASSEMBLE THE CAKE: Cut the cake crosswise into three equal rectangles (5 x 10 inches). Place one rectangle on a serving platter. Top with 2 cups of the filling. Repeat two more times, ending with a layer of raspberry cream. Garnish with whipped cream, orange zest, or fresh raspberries, if you wish.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutrient Value per Serving: 529 Calories, 9 g Protein, 26 g fat, 68 g Carbohydrate, 399 mg sodium, 152 mg Cholesterol.

Exchanges: 1¼ starch/bread, 1 ⅓ fruit, ¾ lean meat, 4 ½ fat.


Posted by Fred Peters.

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