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Banana Applesauce Cake

 Banana Applesauce Cake
"THIS CAKE was always my mother's special treat for her six children. It's a delectable 'mountain' of cake and fruit, and very moist."
16-20 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups sweetened applesauce
  • 3 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in egg yolk. Beat in extracts. Combine flour and baking powder; add

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Banana Applesauce Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each
  • addition.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gently fold
  • into batter. Pour into three greased 9-in. round baking pans. Bake
  • at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool for 10
  • minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Divide applesauce and spread over two cake layers. Dip bananas in
  • lemon juice; arrange over applesauce. Stack on serving plate with
  • plain layer on top.
  • For frosting, in a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, egg
  • whites, water, cream of tartar and salt over low heat. With a hand
  • mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low over
  • low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Pour into a large bowl; add vanilla. Beat on high until stiff peaks
  • form, about 7 minutes. Frost sides and top of cake. Sprinkle with
  • coconut. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 332 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 191 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.