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    Twelfth Night Cake

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    List of Ingredients

    2 cups butter or margarine, softened
    16 oz. brown sugar
    8 large eggs
    3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    2 teaspoons ground mace
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    2 oz slivered almonds
    15 oz raisins
    10 oz currants
    1/2 cup chopped candied citron
    1/2 cup chopped candied lemon peel
    1 dried bean (optional)
    1 dried pea (optional)
    12 oz can apricot filling

    2/3 cup water
    1/4 cup commercial meringue powder
    16 oz. powdered sugar, sifted
    1-1/4 cup shortening
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring


    Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy;
    gradually add brown sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time,
    beating after each addition. Combine 3 cups flour and next 3
    ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture. Mix at low speed just
    until blended after each addition. Combine remaining 1/4 cup flour,
    almonds, and next 4 ingredients; stir into batter. Spoon batter
    into 3 greased and wax paper-lined 9-inch round cakepans. If
    desired, drop dried bean in batter on one side of a cake layer and
    a dried pea on opposite side. Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes or
    until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in
    pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool
    completely on wire racks. Spread apricot filling between cake
    layers. Spread white buttercream frosting on top and sides of
    cake. Decorate, if desired.

    Combine water and meringue powder in a large bowl; beat at high
    speed with a heavy-duty electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add
    4 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating at low speed after
    each addition. Add remaining sugar alternately with shortening,
    beating after each addition. Stir in salt and flavorings. Yield:
    7 cups.

    Just before you place the cake in the oven, drop a dried bean in
    the batter on one side of the cake layer, and a dried pea on the
    other. When serving the cake, cut it into equal slices, giving
    pieces from the bean side to your male guests, and from the pea
    side to female guests.

    Following tradition, the man who finds the bean becomes King of
    the Feast with the privilege of choosing games and songs at your
    party. The woman with the pea reigns as queen. If you want to
    carry it further, have the king host next year's Twelfth Night
    festivities, while the queen prepares the next cake.




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