Apricot-nut Spice Cake With Coconut Butter Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup  butter
  • 2   eggs
  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup  shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups  buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 1 cup  chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup  snipped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup  flaked coconut
  •   Coconut Butter Frosting
  • 1-1/2 cups  Toasted Coconut Shards or purchased coconut chips (optional)
  •   Sliced star fruit (carambola), kumquats, fresh bay leaves, and/or candied walnuts or pecans (optional)

Description

This Aromatic Spice Cake, Filled With Dried Fruit And Walnuts And Showered With Coconut Frosting, Is A Popular Recipe For Birthdays And Holidays.

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