Recipe by DDW
I've been making this as my Easter dessert ever since finding it in a 4/01 Taste of Home. The cakes should be made a day ahead, the flavor improves with time. This triple layer cake looks awesome and everyone loves the caramel sauce drizzled over the top. My only hint - don't make too much dinner because you WANT to have room for this delicious dessert.
- 6 eggs, separated
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
Topping or Filling
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 dash salt
- 1⁄4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar
Directions See How It's Made
- Line 3 greased 9" round baking pans with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and lemon-colored.
- Add vanilla and mix well.
- Combine cracker crumbs, nuts and baking powder.
- Fold in egg yolk mixture.
- Gradually fold in egg whites.
- Pour equally into prepared pans.
- Bake at 325°F for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
- Topping: Combine brown sugar, flour and salt in saucepan.
- Stir in orange juice and water until smooth; bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- Stir some of the hot mixture into beaten egg; return to pan stirring constantly.
- (Mix quite a bit of hot mixture to egg and pour slowly into pan otherwise you will have scrambled looking eggs in your caramel sauce- not pretty! I've learned this from experience.) Cook and stir until nearly boiling; reduce heat.
- Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla.
- Cool completely.
- Assembly In a mixing bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form.
- Beat in confectioners sugar until stiff.
- Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with one third of the whipped cream.
- Repeat layers twice.
- The whipped cream is only on the tops of the cakes- not on the sides.
- Drizzle some of the topping over cake.
- Serve remaining topping with cake.
- Refrigerate leftovers.