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Amazing Asparagus Layer Cake

Amazing Asparagus Layer Cake

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  • Makes: 16 servings
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Cool 1 hr
  • Bake 40 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed* and cut up
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup snipped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup light raisins
  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)

Directions

  1. Cook the cut-up asparagus, covered, in the boiling water for about 10 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly. Transfer asparagus and cooking liquid to a blender container or food processor bowl; cover and blend or process until pureed. (You should have 2 cups; add water if necessary.) Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds or until softened. Add brown sugar and beat until well combined. Beat in eggs.
  3. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with asparagus puree, beating until just combined after each addition. With a wooden spoon, stir in nuts, dates and raisins.
  4. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8x1-1/2-inch or 9x1-1/2-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2 inch baking pan.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes for the 8-inch pans, 35 to 40 minutes for the 9-inch pans and about 30 minutes for the 13x9x2-inch pan or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean.
  6. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove round layers from pans. Cool thoroughly on racks. Frost top of one layer with Cream Cheese Frosting. Place second layer on top; frost top and sides. (For 13x9x2-inch cake, leave in pan and frost only the top.) Makes 16 servings.

Note

  • * To prepare asparagus, wash and scrape off scales, if you like. Break off the woody bases at the place where the spears snap easily.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 8 - ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups powdered sugar

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency. (This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch layers. Halve the recipe to frost a 13x9x2-inch cake.) Cover and store the frosted cake in the refrigerator.

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