You Asked For It: Sunshine Cake

I would love a recipe for sunshine cake that I remember from a Pittsburgh area bakery. I think it was a layer cake with nuts on the frosting. Thank you.

Bill Heatherington, Largo

Eleanor Pielak of Oldsmar did an Internet search and found this sunshine cake recipe. While this is not a layer cake, it sounds similar. This cake has great flavor, and the hint of lemon in the icing is like a burst of sunshine. Eleanor added a bit of yellow food coloring to the icing, making a sunny presentation. This recipe requires patience. Don't rush beating the egg whites. Don't rush beating the yolks; they will turn a beautiful yellow and you'll know when they are done. If you have some trouble removing the cake, run a knife around the edge of the pan. I left the tube on the pan until it was cool, which probably made it easier to remove. The icing will whip up nicely and spread easily. I only put nuts on the top but you could consider the sides as well.

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Sunshine Cake

For the cake:

6 eggs, separated

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 ½ cups sugar, divided

1 cup cold water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ¼ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

For the icing:

1 cup softened shorting

¼ cup margarine or butter, softened

3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

1 teaspoon lemon extract

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ to 1 cup ground nuts

Make the cake: In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Add ½ cup of the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form again. Set aside.

In another large bowl, beat the egg yolks well, adding the remaining 1 cup sugar, cold water and vanilla. Beat until yellow in color, about 3 minutes.

Sift together the flour and baking powder, then add to the yolk mixture. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the yolk mixture. Pour into an ungreased tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake is golden and pulls away from side of pan. Remove from pan. Cool.

Make the icing: Combine all ingredients except nuts and mix. Frost cake and sprinkle with ground nuts.

Source: Eleanor Pielak of Oldsmar

You Asked For It: Sunshine Cake 08/28/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:30am]

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