Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
This won Best of Show in ethnic foods at the 1990 State Fair of Texas. I'm not really sure what it has to do with Countess Krasinska or what makes it a Polish dessert but a cook in Carrolton, Texas apparently knows something I don't. It appealed to me for an entirely different reason; a chance to use a gadget I picked up, new in the box, at a garage sale. The instructions on said gadget are German but the pictures tell me that this 9" round plastic disk with equally spaced teeth is for punching holes in cake tops. Pretty neat, huh?
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 2 1⁄2 cups cake flour, sifted
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup dates, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 2⁄3 cup orange juice
- 1 cup sugar
- whipped cream
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease & flour a 9 inch springform pan.
- Cream butter, shortening & 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs & beat well.
- Stir sour cream & water together.
- Sift dry ingredients together & add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream/water dilution, beating well after each addition.
- Stir in dates, nuts & orange peel.
- Pour into prepared pan & bake for 1 hour. Cool 15 minutes.
- While cake is cooling, simmer orange juice with 1 cup sugar until sugar dissolves.
- Remove cake from pan & place on a round serving plate.
- Pierce cake top all over with a handy gadget like mine or use a cake tester or toothpick.
- Pour orange syrup all over the top of the cake, artfully dripping it down sides.
- Serve with unsweetened whipped cream dolloped in the center & piped around edges.