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Aunt Ellen's Man's Cake


3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
2 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
4-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups very strong coffee, cold
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 F. Add cream of tartar to egg whites and beat until stiff but not dry. In another bowl, blend egg yolks, shortening, and sugar thoroughly. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with coffee. Add nuts and vanilla. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake in a greased angel food cake tube pan for 45 minutes or until a bamboo skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Frost with a thin layer of powdered sugar icing, or simply leave plain.

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Reviews of Aunt Ellen's Man's Cake:

1-5 of 5 reviews  

  hey hey hey in u dont care  Dec 13, 2009
Would make this again.
very good and awsome would make a crowd go wild 5 stars

  Fiona Man in London  Nov 23, 2003
Would make this again.
i love the cakes... they tasted delicious and very soft and tasteful. btw you have the same name as my sister..lol love the cakes!!!!! keep up the good work... 5 stars

  Ellen Man in United kingdom  Jun 29, 2003
Would make this again.
Very good cake because it is very moist and soft! We have the same name Ellen. 4 stars

  Rita Cummins in Las Vegas  Nov 22, 2002
Would make this again.
I remember the Man's Cake being the high point of Aunt Ellen's smorgasbords. It was high, dense, and not too sweet. I must confess I haven't had the same results that she had, and I gave this cake a '5' rating based on my memories, not on the results of my baking. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Canada  Nov 17, 2002
Would make this again.
This was a nice, moist cake, and everyone liked it. I might try it again with a chocolate icing to make a mocha cake. 4 stars

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