Four Layer Cake with Brandy and Fruit Filling

    Four Layer Cake with Brandy and Fruit Filling

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    If you're going to make a decadent cake, why not go all the way? This cake has four layers and a delicious fruit and nut filling. Perfect as a light Christmas cake.

    Serves: 10 

    • Cake
    • 250g butter, softened
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 3 1/4 cups (400g) plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (250ml) milk
    • 8 egg whites
    • Brandy and Fruit Filling
    • 125g butter
    • 1 1/4 cups (260g) white sugar
    • 8 egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
    • 1 teaspoon brandy essence
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 cup raisins, or sultanas
    • 1/2 cup glace cherries, diced
    • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease and flour four 20cm round cake tins.
    2. Cream the butter with the white sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
    3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture in three parts alternately with the milk in two parts, beginning and ending with flour.
    4. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Spread the batter evenly into the four prepared cake tins.
    5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool.
    6. Brandy and Fruit Filling: Put the butter and sugar into the top of a double boiler away from the heat. Beat together.
    7. Add egg yolks and beat well. Stir in water and brandy essence. Place over boiling water. Cook and stir until thickened.
    8. Add pecans, raisins, cherries and coconut. Stir filling until all ingredients are well combined. Remove from heat. Allow filling to cool.
    9. To Assemble: Once the cakes and filling are cool, the cake can be assembled. Spread the filling between cake layers, then use to cover the whole outside of the cake.

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