PREHEAT OVEN TO 325F with rack in center of oven. Generously grease 2 8-inch layer cake pans. Dust with flour, tapping pans over sink to remove excess flour. FOR CAKE, sift flour, baking powder and salt together onto waxed paper; set aside. Use mixer to cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine well. Add reserved flour mixture alternately with milk, mixing until smooth. Divide batter between prepared pans. Use back of spoon to spread batter evenly; this takes a little patience. FOR MERINGUE, beat egg whites until they are thick and hold their shape but are still soft and moist. Add sugar by the tablespoon, beating well after each addition. Divide between pans. Use spatula to spread over batter. Sprinkle with nuts, dividing evenly. Bake until lightly colored and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean (its OK if meringue cracks), about 30 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes in pans on cooling racks. Use flexible knife to release cake from sides of pan. Gently invert cakes. Set them meringue-side up to cool completely. Spread one meringue layer with filling. Top with other layer, meringue-side up. Its best served the day it is made but it can be made a day ahead and kept cool (but not refrigerated). If made ahead, keep covered. Yield: 1 8-inch layer cake. VANILLA CUSTARD FILLING: Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in heavy 1-quart saucepan. Stir in egg yolk and milk. Stir over medium heat. Stir until mixture coats spoon, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Let cool completely. If mixture becomes lumpy, whisk vigorously, before using.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (395g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 293 (34%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 32.5g||43 %|
|Saturated Fat 10.7g||54 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 12.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 7.4g|
|Cholesterol 870.9mg||268 %|
|Sodium 289.5mg||10 %|
|Potassium 352.4mg||9 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 117.7g||35 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.1g||4 %|
|Sugars, other 116.6g|
|Protein 28g||40 %|
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Calories per serving: 865
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