Storm the Cassoulet

Fresh Orange Italian Cream Cake

on April 3, 2013

CAKE

Ingredients:

Cake

½ c. Unsalted Butter, softened

½ c. Shortening

2 c. Sugar

5 Large Eggs, separated

1 T. Pure Vanilla Extract

2 c. All-Purpose Flour

1 t. Baking Soda

½ t. Salt

1 c. Whole Milk (or buttermilk)

1 c. Sweetened Flaked Coconut

2 T. Grated Orange Rind

Orange Marmalade

1 c. Sugar

¼ c. Cornstarch

2 c. Fresh Orange Juice

3 Large Eggs, lightly beaten

¼ c. Unsalted Butter

2 T. Grated Orange Rind

Glazed Pecans

1½ c. Pecan Halves

⅓ c. Light Corn Syrup

Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

1 c. Pecans, toasted and chopped

½ c. Unsalted Butter, softened

8 oz. Cream Cheese, cold

¼ c. Shortening

¼ t. Salt

2 T. Pure Vanilla Extract

4 c. Powdered Sugar

Garnish

⅓ c. Flaked Sweetened Coconut, toasted

Method:

For the Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2, 9-inch round pans and line with parchment paper.

Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add vanilla and beat until blended.

Whisk together flour, soda and salt. Add to sugar mixture alternately with milk, begginging and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in one cup flaked coconut and grated orange rind.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Divide batter evenly between the two pans.

Bake for 25-28 minutes until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks or remove from pans, wrap in foil and store in the freezer until ready to use.

For the Orange Marmalade

Combine sugar and cornstarch in a 3-quart saucepan; gradully whisk in fresh orange juice. Whisk in lightly beaten eggs. Bring to a boil (5 to 6 minutes) over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture reaches a pudding-like thickness. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and grated orange rind. If the mixture ends up with pieces of cook egged in it (mine did) simply push it through a very fine mesh sieve with the back of a large spoon in to a bowl. Cover, placing plastic wrap directly on curd and chill for at least 8 hours or until ready to use.

For the Glazed Pecans

Combine pecan halves and corn syrup, stirring to coat pecans. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange pecan halves in an even layer in pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Stir using a rubber spatula and bake 3 minutes more. Remove from oven and arrange in an even layer on another piece of foil and let cool completely.

For the Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Butter, shortening and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in salt and vanilla. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed until creamy and well blended. Stir in pecans.

To Assemble

Split cake layer in half horizontally. Place a layer on a plate or cake stand and spread with a thin layer of frosting and then marmalade. Top with a cake layer. Spread with another thin layer of frosting and marmalade. Top with third cake layer and spread again with frosting and marmalade. Top with final cake layer and frost sides and top of cake with the remaining pecan cream cheese frosting. Garnish with glazed pecans and toasted coconut. Serve with remaining orange marmalade.

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