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                        ALMOND BUTTER CHRISTMAS CAKE
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cakes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    3       c            Cake Flour -- sifted
    3       ts           Baking Powder
      1/2   ts           Salt
      3/4   c            Butter -- or shortening
    1 1/2   c            Sugar
    3       ea           Eggs -- unbeaten
      1/2   c            Almonds -- finely chopped
      1/2   c            Raisins -- finely cut
    1       c            Milk
    1       t            Vanilla
   Sift flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt,
   and sift together three
   times. Cream butter thoroughly. add sugar gradually,
   and cream together until
   light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
   thoroughly after each. Add
   nuts and raisins and beat well. Add flour, alternately
   with milk, a small amount at a time, beating after
   each addition until smooth. Add vanilla. Bake
   in two greased 9-incb layer pans in moderate oven (375
   degrees F.) 25 minutes, or until done. Spread Boiled
   Frosting (see recipe) between layers and on top and
   sides of cake. Decorate top of cake with wreath of
   holly, using pieces of maraschino cherries or red
   cinnamon candies for berries, and
   slices of angelica or citron for leaves and stems. Or
   decorate with poinsettias made of candied cherries.
   Slice cherries in rings, cut rings in half, and
   arrange to form petals of poinsettias. If desired,
   Lemon Butter Frosting (see recipe ) may be used.
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