Texas Christmas Cake

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Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients

1pound golden raisins
1cup whiskey
2cups (4 sticks) butter, softened
2cups sugar
6— egg yolks
4cups cake flour
1tablespoon baking powder
1pound pecans, chopped
6— egg whites– Whiskey

Optional – Extra pecans for decorating
Instructions

Soak the raisins in 1 cup whiskey in a bowl.
Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the raisin mixture. Mix the flour, baking powder and pecans in a bowl. Fold into the butter mixture.

Beat the egg whites in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into the batter until no white streaks remain. Pour into a well-greased tube pan.

Bake at 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dampen a piece of cheesecloth with additional whisky and wrap around the cake. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 1 day before slicing.

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