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Maraschino Party Cake

Maraschino Party Cake

"Here's the recipe for Carol Anne's favorite birthday cake-minus that secret 'optional' ingredient, of course."
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50 m servings
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  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add egg whites and cherry juice; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Stir in cherries and nuts.
  2. Place the batter in two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, combine the sugar, egg whites, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar in a heavy saucepan over low heat or double boiler over simmering water. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low over low heat until frosting reaches 160 degrees F, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Pour into a mixing bowl; add vanilla. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Spread between the layers and over the top and sides of cake. Garnish with cherries if desired.


  • A stand mixer is recommended for beating the frosting after it reaches 160*.

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I found this cake to be too dry. I added double maraschino cherries & juice plus 1 teaspoon cherry extract. Made in 13 X 9 glass pan. I love maraschino cherries but won't make this again.

Very good! I followed the first reviewer's suggestion and halved the recipe (except for the cherry juice - kept the same and the cherries - doubled). I didn't make frosting and the cake tasted...

I only gave this recipe four stars because I changed it a bit, but the result was great. First, I halved the cake recipe. With an elextric beater, I blended the margarine (the shortening) and su...

I did, it seems, almost everything wrong with this cake. I used butter instead of shortening, two whole eggs instead of four egg whites (because what am I going to do with four egg yolks?!), pro...

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