WHO: Aliwaks is a longtime Food52er from Philadelphia.
WHAT: A stunner of a cake -- full stop.
HOW: Bake two cakes with meringue on top of them; whip some cream; stack. Watch your dinner party go silent.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This cake is a total show-stopper. It’s dramatic and showy, and it tastes that way too: Deep from brown sugar and walnuts and lightly spiced, you’ll want to make this for every occasion, ever. We already do.
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Ready? Let's cake.
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Batter, get in that pan.
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Now top it with the fluffy meringue.
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Spread it over the cake, making art as you go.
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Assembly time: Place one baked layer on a cake plate or platter.
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And top it with whipped cream.
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Place the second cake on top of it all, and marvel at what you just made.