My Mother has a school friend that she sees every summer and they plan lunch around the time of her friends birthday. After serving "cake" one year she found out that the recipe was a favorite cake Helen's mother had made. Her mother now nearing 95 attends the luncheon also and this year when the cake came out she accused my mother of stealing her recipe. My mother acquiesced.
My mom uses that old Betty Crocker cookbook I have mentioned before and on page 242 - lo and behold - the stolen recipe appears.
Blitz Torte (Lightning Cake) - Beautiful...meringue top encrusted with sugar and toasted almonds.
Mix thoroughly . . . 1/2 cup soft shortening -mom uses softened butter 3/4 cup sifted confectioner's sugar Beat in . . . 4 egg yolks, well beaten Sift together and stir in . . . 1 cup sifted Gold Medal flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt Stir in . . . 3 tbsp. milk Spread batter in 2 greased and floured round 8" layer pans.
For meringue, beat until frothy . . . 4 egg whites Beat in gradually 1 cup sugar (half confectioners') Beat until stiff and glossy. Spread half of meringue over batter in each pan. Sprinkle each with half of . . . 1/2 cup shaved blanched almonds 2 tbsp. sugar
Bake until cake tests done and meringue is set. Cool. Then remove from pans. Place one layer on serving plate meringue-side-up. Spread with Rich Custard Filling (see below or page 241 of Betty Crocker Recipe Book) Place other layer on top meringue-side-up. If desired, pipe with Sweetened Whipped Cream.
Temperature: 325 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. 12 Servings.
Rich Custard Filling: Mix in saucepan . . . 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup Gold Medal flour Stir in . . . 2 cups milk Cook over med. heat, stirring until it boils. Boil one minute. Remove from heat. Stir a little over half of this mixture into. . . 4 egg yolks (or two eggs), beaten Blend into hot mixture in saucepan. Bring just to boiling point. Cool and blend in . . . 2 tsp. vanilla or other flavoring.
Thanks mom for interrupting your lunch to snag some pictures for this post! Now that is dedication to your daughter! Helen is lucky to have you as a friend- but I am even more lucky to have you as my mother!