Lady Baltimore Cake

Original Recipe: http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com/2011/03/09/babas-lady-baltimore-cake/

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 egg whites
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 3 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease generously.
  2. Cream butter, sugar and lemon zest together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  3. Combine milk, water and vanilla. Add small amounts of flour mixture to creamed butter mixture, alternately with milk mixture, beating until smooth after each addition.
  4. Beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold into batter. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The cakes shouldn’t get very brown on top. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pans, then transfer cakes to wire wracks to cool completely.
For the Orange Marmalade Filling:
  • 3/4 (18-ounce) jar orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier (or any orange liqueur), optional
Heat the marmalade, orange juice and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat just before it reaches boiling point. Remove from heat and stir in the Grand Marnier. Strain out the peels and allow to cool to room temperature.
For the Frosting:
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • sweetened, flaked coconut, for garnish
  1. Using a mixer, beat egg whites until stiff.
  2. Boil sugar, water and cream of tartar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, or until a small amount of syrup will form a soft ball when dropped into very cold water (this is what’s known as “soft ball stage”).
  3. With the mixer running, slowly pour the hot syrup over the egg whites and continue to beat until the mixture is of spreading consistency (this could take up to 10 minutes; don’t be alarmed if your mixture is runny, just keep beating and eventually it will thicken up.). Add vanilla.
To Assemble:
Spread half of the orange marmalade filling in the center of the bottom cake layer, leaving an inch border around the outside (when you add the frosting, the marmalade will spread). Gently spread some of the frosting over the marmalade and place second cake layer on top. Repeat with the other half of the marmalade filling and more frosting, then place the third cake layer on top. Frost the whole cake with the frosting (be generous, the recipe makes a TON of frosting!) and sprinkle generously with coconut. Refrigerate until 30 minutes to one hour before serving.

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