Saturday, January 2, 2010

{New Year's Almond Butter Cake}

New Year's Almond Butter Cake


* 3 cup - Cake Flour (sifted)
* 3 tsp - Baking Powder
* ½ tsp - Salt
* ¾ cup - Butter or shortening
* 1 ½ cup - Sugar
* 3 - Eggs
* ½ cup - Almonds (finely chopped)
* ½ cup - Raisins (finely cut)
* 1 cup - Milk
* 1 tsp - Vanilla
* Lemon Butter Frosting
* Things to decorate with


Sift flour once.

Add baking powder and salt to it and sift together thrice.

Cream butter thoroughly while adding sugar gradually until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly.

Add nuts and raisins and beat well.

Add flour, alternately with small amount of milk, beating after each addition until smooth.

Add vanilla.

Bake in two greased 9-inch layer pans at 375 oF for 25 minutes.

Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

Optional: (choose between a Christmas or New Year's theme!)

Decorate top of cake with wreath of holly, maraschino cherries or red cinnamon candies can be used as berries and slices of angelica or citron can be used as leaves and stems.

Alternatively, decorate with poinsettias made of candied cherries. Slice cherries in rings, cut rings in half, and arrange to form petals of poinsettias.

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