Minnehaha Cake


The cake is named after an Indian Princess. Minnehaha means Laughing Water. The cake is beautiful and is a great Christmas cake.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs
1 9x13-inch cake


For the Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

For the Icing:

  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar

  • 2 egg whites

  • 5 tablespoons water

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ tablespoon raisins for decorating

  • cup toasted almonds, for decoration

  • ½ cup toasted pecans

  • ¼ cup red and green candied cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.

  2. Beat together the white sugar and butter. Add the eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk.

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cake completely on wire rack.

  4. Combine the brown sugar, egg whites, water, and salt in a heat-proof bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and beat with an electric mixer. Cook the frosting, beating constantly, for 10 minutes, or until the frosting will stand in peaks. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until thick.

  5. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake. To decorate, place one large raisin in each corner. Then place toasted almonds, toasted pecans, and red and green cherries all over the cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
9g Fat
51g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 149mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 103mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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