Was there ever any military leader better loved that Robert E. Lee? He won the hearts of all true Southerners, as well as the respect of Northerners. Here is the "Robert E Lee Cake," The recipe was in our files so I don't know to whom to give credit, but I am sure they wouldn't mind me sharing (at least I hope not!)
Beat 9 egg yolks very lightly, then slowly beat in 1 pound of sugar. Fold in the well-beaten egg whites. Sift in 1/2 pound of flour with 1/2 tsp. of salt and mix lightly together. Stir in 1 tbsp. lemon juice. Bake in a slow oven in 3 ungreased layer pans.
Filling: Squeeze the juice of 2 lemons and 3 oranges over 2 cups of sugar and flavor with a little of the grated rinds. Add a cup of grated coconut and put between layers and on top. Sprinkle with dry coconut.
Note: if you use this for his next birthday celebration and you write "In Remembrance" on it, be sure you spell remembrance correctly. The store that made our sheet cake for our recent RE Lee birthday actually spelled it "rememberance", an "oops" moment. Fred Marshall, good friend and photographer caught it on camera!!!
If you try the cake recipe let me know as my "kitchen is closed".