A very good and moist cake with a lovely pink color perfect for birthdays, showers, or anniversaries.
INGREDIENTS (for 4 servings):
- 2 1/4 cups cake flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 1/3 cups white sugar
- 3 egg whites
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3/4 cup butter
- 6 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 6 drops red food coloring
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and lightly flour two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans or one 9x13 inch cake pan. Reserve 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice. Coarsely chop the cherries to make 1/2 cup. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a small bowl and set aside.
Beat shortening in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 1/3 cups white sugar and beat until well combined. Add the egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each.
Combine 2/3 cup milk and 1/4 cup cherry juice. Add the flour and milk mixture alternately to the shortening mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined. Stir in the chopped cherries and nuts. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes for two 8 or 9 inch round cakes or for 30 to 35 minutes for a 9x13 inch pan. Cool cakes in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes, remove from pans and allow to them to cool fully before frosting.
To Make Butter Frosting: Beat 3/4 cups butter in a large bowl till fluffy. Gradually add 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar, beat well. Slowly beat in 1/3 cup milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Gradually beat in the remaining 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar. Beat in additional milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) if needed, to make frosting of spreading consistency. If desired tint the frosting pink by adding 6 drops of red food coloring.
Once cake is completely cool frost with butter frosting and decorate with maraschino cherries with stems.