1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup shortening (12 tablespoons)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
5 stiff-beaten egg whites
Wedding Cake Frosting (see Recipe Card 19-H)
For bottom and middle layers: Cream first 3 ingredients. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk; beat after each addition. Fold in egg whites. Bake in greased and floured 13x9x2-inch baking pan in 350° oven about 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan; remove. Cool. Prepare recipe two more times; bake and cool as above.
For top layer: Halve above recipe, except use 3 egg whites. Spread in greased and floured 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake and cool as above. Cover all cakes; let stand overnight to firm.
Prepare two recipes Wedding Cake Frosting. Thin 4 cups frosting with 2 tablespoons water; thinly frost all layers to set crumbs.
Place two 13×9-inch cakes with long sides together on serving tray; frost seam. Mark position for middle layer atop center of bottom layer. Sprinkle marked area with coconut; top with remaining 13×9-inch cake. Likewise, mark position for top layer; sprinkle with coconut. Top with 9×5-inch cake. Dry 1 hour.
Tint 1/2 cup of the remaining frosting with food coloring; cover. Set aside 3 1/2 cups white frosting; cover. With remaining frosting, repeat frosting cake; smooth with wet knife. Using reserved white frosting and No. 30 decorator tube, pipe rosettes around base of each layer. With same tube, pipe shells atop edge of each layer. Using tinted frosting and No. 5 tube, place dot between alternate shells. Let dry. Before serving, top with fresh flower arrangement. Serves 45.
(From Card 19-H) Wedding Cake Frosting
In large mixer bowl blend 1 cup shortening, 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and dash salt. Beat in 3 pounds sifted powdered sugar alternately with 3/4 cup water. Beat till frosting is smooth. Blend in additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary to thin the frosting to spreading consistency.
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