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Coffee Walnut Torte

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Ingredients
  Cake flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs), sifted
  Sugar 1 2⁄3 Cup (26.67 tbs)
  Baking powder 3 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Vegetable shortening 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs), softened
  Milk 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Egg yolks 6
  Vanilla 2 Teaspoon
  Apricot preserves 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
For coffee frosting
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened (1 Stick)
  10x confectioners sugar 8 Ounce, sifted (1 Package)
  Instant coffee powder 1 Tablespoon
  Coffee liqueur 3 Tablespoon
  Milk 2 Tablespoon
  Walnut/Pecan brittle 2 Tablespoon (Or As Required)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2) Lightly grease two 9X1 1/2-inch round layer-cake pan and dust with flour.
Coffee Frosting-
3) In a bowl, beat together butter or margarine and 1/2 of the sugar.
4) In a cup, mix together coffee, coffee liqueur and milk in a cup.
5) Stir in alternately with remaining sugar to the butter mixture, beating until smooth, set aside

MAKING
6) In a large mixer bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
7) Mix in shortening and 1 cup of milk.
8) Beat at medium speed 2 minutes.
9) While still beating, mix in remaining milk, egg yolks, and vanilla beat for 2 minutes more.
10) Transfer the flour mixture into cake pans, spreading evenly.
11) Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in cakes comes out clean.
12) Place the pan over a wire racks and allow to cool the layers for 10 minutes.

FINALIZING
13) Using knife loosen the cake around the edges and turn out onto wire rack.
14) Allow to cool completely.
15) Slice both the cakes horizontally and place one cake layer on a serving plate.
16) Smear with ½ cup of apricot preserve and ½ cup of coffee frosting.
17) Do the same with 2 more layers, spreading with preserves and frosting, ending with a plain layer on top.
18) Smear frost on top layer, and reserve part of the Coffee Frosting for garnish.

SERVING
19) Dredge with Walnut Brittle over top of cake.
20) Fill a piping bag with star nozzle, with the remaining frosting and garnish the cake in center and on edges, and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Occasion: 
Christmas
Ingredient: 
Walnut
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes

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