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Bake-Off® Contest 11, 1959
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Party Cake

Let the good times roll with this scrumptious butterscotch/coconut-filled cake.

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  • prep time 60 min
  • total time 3 hr 0 min
  • ingredients 22
  • servings 16
 

Ingredients

Cake

2/3
cup butterscotch chips
1/4
cup water
2 1/4
cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
1 1/4
cups sugar
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1
cup buttermilk*
1/2
cup shortening
3
eggs

Filling

1/2
cup sugar
1
tablespoon cornstarch
1/2
cup half-and-half or evaporated milk
1/3
cup water
1/3
cup butterscotch chips
1
egg, slightly beaten
2
tablespoons margarine or butter
1
cup coconut
1
cup chopped nuts

Seafoam Cream

1
cup whipping cream
1/4
cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2
teaspoon vanilla

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.** In small saucepan over low heat, melt 2/3 cup butterscotch chips in 1/4 cup water, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly.
  • 2 Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine flour, all remaining cake ingredients and cooled butterscotch mixture; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into greased and floured pans.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4 In medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch; stir in half-and-half, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup butterscotch chips and 1 egg. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in margarine, coconut and nuts; cool slightly.
  • 5 In small bowl, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add brown sugar and vanilla, beating until stiff peaks form.
  • 6 To assemble cake, place 1 cake layer, top side down, on serving plate. Spread with half of filling mixture. Top with second layer, top side up; spread remaining filling on top to within 1/2 inch of edge. Frost sides and top edge of cake with seafoam cream. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.** In small saucepan over low heat, melt 2/3 cup butterscotch chips in 1/4 cup water, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly.
  • 2 Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine flour, all remaining cake ingredients and cooled butterscotch mixture; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into greased and floured pans.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4 In medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch; stir in half-and-half, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup butterscotch chips and 1 egg. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in margarine, coconut and nuts; cool slightly.
  • 5 In small bowl, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add brown sugar and vanilla, beating until stiff peaks form.
  • 6 To assemble cake, place 1 cake layer, top side down, on serving plate. Spread with half of filling mixture. Top with second layer, top side up; spread remaining filling on top to within 1/2 inch of edge. Frost sides and top edge of cake with seafoam cream. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator.

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*To substitute for buttermilk, use 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to make 1 cup. **Cake can be baked in 13x9-inch pan. Grease bottom only of pan. Bake at 350°F. for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Spread top of cooled cake with filling mixture. Serve topped with seafoam cream. 16 servings.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1/16 of Recipe
Calories
450
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
25%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
),
Cholesterol
75mg
75%;
Sodium
300mg
300%;
Total Carbohydrate
51g
51%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
36g
36%
),
Protein
6g
6%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1 1/2 Fruit; 4 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.