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Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

 Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake
This is a delicious and decadent cake with half the fat and a third less calories than the over-the-top original. —Michele Wedige, Shullsburg, Wisconsin
16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • SOUR CREAM FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  • Line two 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper. Coat pans with
  • cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; set aside.

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Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until crumbly, about 2
  • minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in applesauce.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda,
  • allspice and nutmeg. Add to the butter mixture alternately with sour
  • cream, beating well after each addition. Stir in nuts. Spread into
  • prepared pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar.
  • Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Place one cake layer on a serving
  • platter; top with half of the frosting. Repeat layers.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool
  • for 2 minutes; drizzle over cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 303 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 225 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.