How to make it

  • Prepare Cream Cheese Icing; cover and chill.
  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • Cream butter and cheese at high speed of a mixer until fluffy.
  • Add sugar; beat at low speed until well-blended.
  • Add vanilla; beat well.
  • Coat bottoms of 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray (do not coat sides of pans); line bottoms of pans with wax paper.
  • Coat wax paper with cooking spray, and dust with flour; set aside.
  • Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended.
  • Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine 2 cups flour and baking soda; stir well.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Stir in pecans and extracts.
  • Beat egg whites at high speed of a mixer until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat).
  • Fold egg whites into batter; pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 23 minutes.
  • Let cool in pans 5 minutes on a wire rack.
  • Loosen cake layers from sides of pans using a narrow metal spatula, and turn out onto wire racks.
  • Peel off wax paper, and let cool completely.
  • Place 1 cake layer on a plate, and spread with 2/3 cup Cream Cheese Icing; top with another cake layer.
  • Repeat with 2/3 cup icing and remaining layer, ending with cake. Spread remaining icing over cake.
  • Garnish with kumquats, orange rind, and kumquat leaves, if desired.
  • Note: To make sugared kumquats, dip kumquats into lightly beaten egg whites, and drain; roll in sugar.

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    " It was excellent "
    lanabade ate it and said...
    THANKYOU!!!!I really like this one!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    gapeach55 ate it and said...
    This cake is delish. High 5!.
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  • cardinal54 10 years ago
    Midgelet, I don't mind at all. Lucy
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    " It was excellent "
    midgelet ate it and said...
    I hope you don't mind, put this into the international baking group great recipe!
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    " It was excellent "
    jett2whit ate it and said...
    Mama Mia! Magnifico!!
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  • jlv1023 10 years ago
    I'm Italian and love Italian cake, must give it a try, thanks

    Janet
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    love Itialian cakes thanks bunches
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    " It was excellent "
    midgelet ate it and said...
    this is a yummy recipe!
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    " It was excellent "
    pat2me ate it and said...
    Great post! Thank you, Ma'am!
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    " It was excellent "
    lanacountry ate it and said...
    Lovely recipe, Thank you, Lucy!! :)
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    " It was excellent "
    elgab89 ate it and said...
    mmmmm, i love it - such great combinations of flavors!
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    i love these cakes very light and taste so very good thanks lucy
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