Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mom's Cookin': Raspberry Walnut Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 t. black walnut flavoring
1 c. plus 2 T. finely chopped walnut pieces, divided
2 t. grated orange rind

8 oz. cream cheese
8 T. butter
3 c. confectioners' sugar
1 t. vanilla
2/3 c. raspberry preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, adding walnut flavoring, 1 cup walnuts and orange rind to batter. Pour batter in pans and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Slice each cake into two layers. Prepare frosting by beating together cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla. Heat preserves, stirring until smooth. Spread frosting on top of one layer; add a second layer; frost top; add third layer; frost top; add fourth layer. Spread a ring of frosting around the outer edge of the top layer. Spread preserves inside frosting edge and sprinkle with remaining walnut pieces. Chill until frosting is set. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Serves 8-10.

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