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Gypsy Jamboree Cake

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"This is a classic layer cake from the 1930's-1940's. It's very addicting and fun with two flavors of icing!"
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55 m servings 657
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour two 8 inch diameter cake pans.
  2. Place the vinegar in a measuring cup, and pour in the milk to equal 3/4 cup. Set aside.
  3. Beat the sugar with the shortening in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, and continue beating until batter is smooth.
  4. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in another mixing bowl, and stir to blend. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture, alternating with the milk mixture. Stir in the lemon and vanilla extracts. Pour batter into prepared cake pans, dividing evenly.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick or small knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Run a small knife around the inside of the pans before inverting to remove the cakes. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the icing, beat the butter, egg yolk, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Gradually sift in the confectioners' sugar, alternating with the hot water, stirring until smooth. Do not add the cocoa until step 7.
  7. To frost the cake, place one layer on a cake plate. Use about half the icing to cover sides and top of the cake. Stir the cocoa into the remaining icing and blend well. Place the second cake layer on top of the first, and frost with the chocolate icing, meeting the plain icing halfway down the side of the cake.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 657 calories; 24.1 107 6.5 118 305 Full nutrition

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I was looking for something a little different and this definitely hit the spot. I even forgot to add the two extracts and it still came out good. Be aware that this is a very dense ...

I think we need a bigger cake... This cake is quite nummy, but a horrible MESS! The cake itself is very thin and dense, and the icing is on absolute overload. I had to switch the plate I was ic...

Full disclosure: I made vegan substitutions for this recipe. Specifically, I replaced the milk with soy milk, the butter with Earth Balance, and the egg with Ener-G egg replacer. However, somet...