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Mayflower Grape Cake

1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 egg whites

Grape Filling
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup grape juice
1 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

Grape Frosting
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 egg whites
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grape juice
1 teaspoon corn syrup

Cake Directions
Cream shortening: gradually add sugar, beating well. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Combine milk and water. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternatly with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix well after eacg addition. Stir in vanilla.
Beat egg whites (at room tempature) until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 to 15 minutes; remove layers from pans, and let cool completly.
Split each layer horizontally and spread grape filling between layers, reserving 1/2 cup grape filling. Spread grape frosting on top and sides of cake. Drizzle top of cake with remaing grape filling. Yeild: one 4 layer cake.

Grape Filling:
Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, grape juice, and water in a medium saucepan, stiring well. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat,and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat; add lemon juice and butter, stirring until well blended. Cool. Yeild: about 2 cups.

Grape Frosting:
Combine sugar, egg whites(at room temp), grape juice and syrup in the top of a large double boiler. Beat on low speed of electric mixer until well blended.
Place over boiling water; beat constantly on high speed about 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Remove from heat, and beat until frosting is thick enough to spread. Yeild: enough for one 4 layer cake.

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