Holiday Spice Layer Cake with Rum Flavored Whipped Cream

This past weekend we attended a Christmas party a friend of ours hosted. We were asked to bring a little sumthin sumthin and this layer cake that my mom would make around the holidays popped into my head. It's a bit too rich for Nick and I alone to finish on our own, so this party gave me a great opportunity to share this treat with friends (and have a slice or two myself!).

The great thing about this cake is the presentation and the flavor can fool everyone into thinking you slaved over this thing, when it's really pretty dang easy. Like I hate baking and can handle this easy.

6 eggs, whites and yolks separated
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp Vegetable oil
1 tbsp Rum flavoring
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I usually run through blender or food processor)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 cup fine crumb graham crackers
1 square grated unsweetened chocolate
rum flavored whipped cream (shown below)

Preheat your oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy. Beat in 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tbsp at a time. Beat until stiff and glossy. Set aside.

In another bowl, beat the egg yolks, oil, and rum flavoring on low in your mixer.

Add 1/2 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves to the yolk mixture. Beat for 1 minute.

Fold the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Fold in the graham cracker crumbs, chocolate and nuts. Pour into two 8-9" pans. Or in our case, a 8" pan and a springform pan since we don't have two cake pans (holiday gift idea?).

Place in the oven and bake 30-35 minutes. Once they are baked (still a toothpick in there - clean = done), immediately invert the pans onto cooling racks and cool (Don't remove the pans just yet though).
Once cooled, remove the cake from the pans and split each cake in half to make 4 layers.

Starting with a cake layer as the base, top each layer with the whipped cream and continue cake, cream, cake, cream until you've all four layers are complete.

Top the entire cake with the remaining whipped cream and garnish with chocolate curls.

Now for the hard part: Chill (without sneaking) for 7 hours to allow the cream to set and flavors to mingle.

Before serving you can add strawberries, cherries or raspberries for some added color and holiday cheer.

Rum Flavored Whipped Cream

2 c. chilled whipped cream
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. rum flavoring

Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat until stiff. Ta- Da!

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