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Four-Layer Cranberry-Vanilla Bean Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes: 14 to 16 servings
Prep 35 mins Stand 30 mins Bake 350°F 25 mins Cool 1 hr
Cranberry-Vanilla Bean Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 6  egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1  cup  buttermilk
  • 2 1/4  cups  cake flour
  • 1 3/4  cups  sugar
  • 4  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 3/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 12  ounce package  fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/2  cup  sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded orange peel
  • 2  tablespoons  orange juice
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground cloves
  • 1  recipe Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  •  Sugared lemon peel strips and/or sugared cranberries (optional)

1. In a small bowl combine egg whites and buttermilk. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and lightly flour two 9x1 1/2-inch round cake pans. In a medium bowl stir together cake flour, 1 3/4 cups sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Stir seeds into buttermilk mixture.

3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir in flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in half of the buttermilk mixture until moistened. Add the remaining buttermilk mixture. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.

4. Pour batter into the prepared cake pans, spreading evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

5. For cranberry filing, in a medium saucepan combine cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, orange peel, orange juice, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture starts to thicken. Mash cranberries slightly with the back of a wooden spoon or a potato masher. Transfer filling to a medium bowl; cool.

6. To assemble, cut each cake layer in half horizontally. Place one layer, cut side up, on a serving plate; spread with one-third of the cranberry filling. Top with a second cake layer; spread with 3/4 cup of the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. Spread one-third of the cranberry filling over frosting. Top with a third cake layer; spread with the remaining cranberry filling. Top with the fourth cake layer, cut side down.

7. Frost top and sides of cake with the remaining frosting. If desired, garnish with sugared lemon peel strips and/or sugared cranberries.

From the Test KitchenTo Store:
  • Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Let stand at room temperature before serving.
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 4 cups
  • 2 8  ounce packages  cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 3 1/2  cups  powdered sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
  •  Milk (optional)

1. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Beat in lemon peel and lemon juice. Gradually beat in the remaining 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar. If necessary, beat in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts (Cranberry-Vanilla Bean Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting)
  • Servings Per Recipe 14,
  • cal. (kcal) 638,
  • Fat, total (g) 31,
  • chol. (mg) 89,
  • sat. fat (g) 19,
  • carb. (g) 86,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 8,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 65,
  • pro. (g) 6,
  • vit. A (IU) 1020,
  • vit. C (mg) 6,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 2,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 48,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 591,
  • Potassium (mg) 158,
  • calcium (mg) 172,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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