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Pretty Pineapple Torte

"Pineapple stars in both the cake and filling in this tall, beautiful dessert," remarks Iola Egle of McCook, Nebraska. "It's creamy and just lightly sweet."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Drain pineapple, reserving 2/3 cup juice. In a bowl, combine juice, 3/4 cup pineapple and vanilla (set remaining pineapple aside for the filling). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with pineapple mixture, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into batter; fold in remaining whites.
  • Spoon into 2 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° until cake springs back when lightly touched, 28-32 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For filling, beat cream, confectioners' sugar and extract in a chilled large bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold in reserved pineapple. Split each cake layer in half horizontally. Spread about 3/4 cup filling between each layer; spread remaining filling over the top. Sprinkle with almonds. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 402 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 323mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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