Back to Makeover White Layer Cake

Print Options


Card Sizes

Makeover White Layer Cake Recipe

Makeover White Layer Cake Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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