Eggnog Cake

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 14 servings

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Ingredients

eggs, separated
•1/2 cup butter, softened
•1 cup sugar, divided
•3/4 cup orange juice
•1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2 cups sifted cake flour
•2 teaspoons baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•1/4 teaspoon baking soda
•1/4 teaspoon salt

EGGNOG FILLING:
•5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
•1-1/4 cups eggnog
•1 cup butter, softened
•3/4 cup sugar
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
•2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
•3 tablespoons butter, softened
•2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
•2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
•1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•2 to 3 tablespoon hot water

Method

•Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add yolks, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine orange juice, peel and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with juice mixture, beating well after each addition.
• In another bowl, with clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into batter.
• Line two greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper; grease paper. Pour batter into pans. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks. Peel off paper; cool.
• For filling, in a small saucepan, combine flour and a small amount of eggnog; stir until smooth. Stir in remaining eggnog; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool completely.
• In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla and nutmeg. Gradually beat in eggnog mixture until smooth; set aside.
• For frosting, in another small bowl, cream confectioners' sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the cream, chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth. Add water until frosting reaches spreading consistency.
• Split cakes in half; spread filling on three layers. Top with remaining layer; frost top. Yield: 14 servings.

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