Servs: 12 Prep: Cook:
"'I found this recipe when going through my grandmother's old files,' explains Angela Leinenbach of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 'It is simply the best.'"
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- add 2 cups buttermilk
- add 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- add 1/2 cup sugar
- add 6 egg whites
- add 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- add 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- add 1/2 cup water
- add 1/2 teaspoon salt
- add 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- add 1 teaspoon baking soda
- add 1 cup butter, softened
- add 1/4 teaspoon salt
- add 3 cups sugar
- add 1 cup sugar
- add 1 teaspoon orange extract
- add 4 cups cake flour
- add 1/4 cup butter
- add FROSTING:
- add 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
- add 2 cups flaked coconut
- add FILLING:
- add 2 egg whites
- add 1 cup orange juice
- add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. In another large mixing bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form; gently fold into batter.
- Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in orange juice until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into eggs; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in the butter, orange peel and extract. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Cover and refrigerate.
- For frosting, in a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, egg whites, water, salt and cream of tartar 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 12 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl; add vanilla. Beat on high until frosting forms stiff peaks, about 7 minutes.
- Split each cake into two horizontal layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with spread with 1/3 cup filling. Repeat four more times. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with coconut. Store in the refrigerator.