Preparation / Directions:
Beat egg yolks, add water and 3/4 cup sugar. Beat until thick. Add vanilla,
flour and baking powder, mix well. Clean blades and beat egg whites until
frothy. Add rest of sugar, beat until stiff but not dry. Fold into yolk
mixture. Bake in spring form pan 50-60 minutes at 325 degrees . Boil water
with sugar 3-4 minutes. Cool and add rum. When cake is cool split into 3
Make the filling
Cream sugar, cornstarch, salt and eggs to make a smooth thick paste. Set
aside. Scald milk and butter. Add paste to milk while still over heat.
Cook, stir with wire whisk until thick and smooth. Cover with wax paper
right on filling until cool. When cool, add flavoring. Divide Filling in
half and add chocolate to half.
Now sprinkle 1/3 of syrup on bottom layer and spread with vanilla filling.
Put on second layer, sprinkle with 1/3 more of the syrup and add chocolate
filling. Invert top layer and put on rest of syrup. Frost with whipped
cream. Garnish with strawberries.