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"cradle cake" for baby jesus birthday

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Recipe by
Nancy J. Patrykus
Spokane, WA

This would be a wonderful "CRADLE" cake to make at Christmas time to celebrate the bith of our BLESSED BABY JESUS! I found this in a Woman's Day magazine maybe 30 years ago. It was a Silver Spoon Award Cake. Wrapped in foil and refrigerated it will keep more than a week. It was named CRADLE CAKE because of the crispy meringue "cradle" that surrounds this tender cake. The recipe and picture is from Woman's Day Magazine. Sorry, I do not have the name of the lady that won this award.

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr 15 Min

Ingredients For "cradle cake" for baby jesus birthday

  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 4
    eggs, separated
  • 1 c
    pecans or walnuts very finely chopped
  • 1
    sq. (1 ounc) unsweetened chocolate grated
  • 1/2 c
    butter softened
  • 3/4 c
  • 2
    squares (i oz. each) semisweet chocolate, melted with 3 table spoons ofwater. for garanish
  • 8
    whole pecans or half walnut for garnish on top
  • 2 c
    sugar, divided in half
  • the sugar and flour amounts ..should have been in the ingredient beginning.
  • 2 c

How To Make "cradle cake" for baby jesus birthday

  • 1
    Grease a 10 inch tube pan. Line the bottom with waxed paper. Set aside. Stir together flour, baking powder,and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl beat egg whites till peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar until stiff, glossy and peaks form. Fold in very finely chopped nuts, and grated chocolate.
  • 2
    Spread this mixture on the bottom and up three quarters of pan as though lining it. In a large bowl cream butter and remaining 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour mixture alternately with milk until well blended.
  • 3
    Pour cake mixture into pan, making sure it is surrounded by meringue on all sides and lower than the top of meringue!
  • 4
    Bake in a pre-heated 325 oven 65-75 minutes. Or until a pick stuck in the middle comes out clean..Do not invert cooked cake pan. Cool on a rack 25 minutes. Or until sides of cake can be loosened easily, with a spatula. Turn out on a serving plate. Decorate cake like you see in the picture. At my home we sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus... A Merry Christmas to you and yours!.. Nancy 11/12/11

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