Makeover White Layer Cake Recipe
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Makeover White Layer Cake Recipe

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Compared to the original recipe it is modified from, this pared-down dessert has nearly 60% less fat, just half the cholesterol and about a quarter less calories and sodium.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 1% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 330 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Coat two 9-in. round baking pans with cooking spray and dust with flour; set aside. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar for about 2 minutes or until crumbly. Gradually add egg whites, beating well. Beat in applesauce and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to batter alternately with buttermilk until combined.
  2. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 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.
  3. For frosting, in a bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, corn syrup, vanilla and salt. Beat in enough milk until frosting achieves spreading consistency. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Makeover White Layer Cake in Light & Tasty June/July 2003, p17

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tammybt User ID: 4322593 47732
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"I liked this cake. It is moist and spongy. It is still moist and spongy the morning after. I did not use the frosting int he recipe as my daughter wanted chocolate. But the cake is pretty tasty."

blondilocks User ID: 3293082 54892
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2008

"The cake had no flavor, (the frosting was ok) I will never make again!!!"

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