Ice Water White Cake       

The lady who gave me this excellent recipe called it "Sweet Water Mountain Cake." We find that it makes a very good tiered cake. If multiplied five times, the recipe will make a 3-tier cake, with a 4-inch, an 8-inch, and a 12-inch layer. It also makes very good cupcakes, and a good loaf cake. With the exception of the water, which should be ice cold, all ingredients should be at room temperature.

3 1/4 cups sifted pastry or cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups superfine granulated sugar
1 and 1/2 cups ice water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional) (used 1/2 tsp.)
1/2 cup egg whites (about 4)

Sift the flour with the salt and baking powder. Cream the butter or margarine and gradually add 1 1/2 cups of the sugar. Beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Combine ice water and flavorings. Add sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the ice water, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Beat until smooth, but do not over beat. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy, gradually beat in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and beat until stiff and glossy. Very carefully fold this meringue into the batter, folding just until no traces of white can be seen. Turn batter into 2 9-inch round layer pans that have been buttered and floured. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before turning out onto racks. Fill and frost as desired.

This white cake is absolutely delicious! --Chiqui

Source of recipe: "A World of Baking" by Dolores Casella

Ice Water White Cake