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Cherry Dreams-of-Me Cake

A man’s burliness is in direct proportion to his affinity for pink desserts. He just doesn’t want to be solicited for his delight.

2 C cake flour, sifted (sift with the baking powder, baking soda and salt)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 C shortening
1 1/4 C sugar
3/4 C whole milk
3 egg whites (do not beat)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp lemon extract
8 maraschino cherries, minced

1/3 C butter
3 C confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
3 tbsp whole milk

Set the oven to 350. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, then stir in the egg whites, extracts and cherry juice. Add the flour, powder, soda and salt. Stir the dry ingredients in with one hand while pouring in the milk with the other and continue to stir until well combined. Using a hand-held or stand mixer, beat the batter on high for three minutes, scraping the sides once every minute. Pout the batter into 2 greased and floured round cake pans, and bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes (until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the center). Remove from the oven and let the cakes stand in the pan for ten minutes before turning them onto wire racks.

Heat the butter for the frosting in a medium saucepan over low heat. Turn off the stove as soon as the butter is completely melted, and add the vanilla to the pot. Slowly stir in the 3 C confectioners sugar, 1/2 C at a time. Add milk as needed to facilitate stirring. Once everyone else is in, add the cherry juice and stir the frosting vehemently for several minutes.

The cake should have cooled to room temperature upon frosting. This recipe makes plenty, so feel free to go wild between the layers. Leave the frosted cake uncovered until the frosting develops a slight shell, then cover and keep at room temperature. Don’t even bother serving without a tall glass of milk.

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