3-1/4 cups sifted cake flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

8 egg whites, divided by twos

1 cup milk


8 egg yolks

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup each raisins, cherries, and pecans (all chopped)

1/2 cup bourbon or brandy

1 tsp. vanilla



Sift flour, baking powder, salt.

Cream butter, add sugar, beat in vanilla.

Add 2 egg whites at a time and beat until all 8 are added.

Fold in flour mixture alternately with milk.

Begin and end with flour.

Turn into 4 UNGREASED 9-inch round cake pans lined with baking paper or waxed paper.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Cool in pan a bit, then turn out and peel off paper.

In a large saucepan, beat egg yolks. Beat in sugar and add shortening.

Cook and stir over moderate heat until thick, about 6 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in fruit, bourbon, and vanilla.

Cool and spread between layers.

Ice with your favorite icing.

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