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Jeanne's Bakery Cake (also known as Winnipeg Birthday Cake)   
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Jeanne's Cake  
(aka: Winnipeg Birthday Cake)  
*From The Winnipeg Free Press  
80 ml (1/3 cup) shortening  
60 ml (1/4 cup) icing sugar  
250 ml (1 cup) all purpose flour  
1.5 ml (1/3 tsp) baking powder  
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla  
125 ml (1/2 cup) shortening  
175 ml (3/4 cup) sugar  
2 eggs  
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla  
375 ml (11/2 cups) all purpose flour  
10 ml (2 tsp) baking powder  
2 ml (1/2 tsp) salt  
125 ml (1/2 cup) milk  
125 ml (1/2 cup) milk  
30 ml (2 tbsp) all purpose flour  
125 ml (1/2 cup) butter  
60 ml (1/4 cup) shortening  
2 ml (1/2 tsp) vanilla  
250 ml (1 cup) icing sugar  
Dash salt  

Cut shortening into dry ingredients then add vanilla: mix well. Pat firmly and evenly into a 20 cm (8-inch) square pan. Bake at 175 C (350 F) for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool.  
Cream shortening and sugar: add eggs and vanilla, beating well until fluffy. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together: add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Pour batter into a greased and floured 20 cm (8-inch) square pan. Bake at 175 C (350 F) for 35 to 40 minutes.  
For [b]marble[/b] cake: Reserve 250 ml (1 cup) cake batter and add 1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa and 15 ml (1 tbsp) of milk. Mix until smooth. Pour some of the white batter into the pan, then chocolate batter. Top with remaining white batter. Cut into batter with knife and swirl.  
In small saucepan, stir together milk and flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and smooth. Cool.  
On highest speed of mixer, beat cooled flour mixture with butter, shortening and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Blend in icing sugar and salt: continue beating until frosting is very fluffy. This will take at least 15 minutes.  
Place shortbread base on serving plate: spread with small amount of frosting. Place cake on base. Cover top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. If desired, garnish sides of cake with shaved semi-sweet chocolate.  
[b]Taste Tester Notes:[/b] A stand mixer will come in handy for the long beating time for the fluffy frosting. The batter is a bit thick, but just smooth it out as evenly as you can. Baking time will depend on the pan you use and your oven: check cake before suggested baking time to ensure it does not get overdone (the recipe writer's cake was ready in 30 minutes).  

Estimated preparation time: 2-4 hours



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