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Butternut Squash Layer Cake

The recipe for this lovely tall cake with its yummy old-fashioned frosting has been in our family for as long as I can remember.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed cooked butternut squash
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs whites
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in squash and maple flavoring. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in walnuts. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • For frosting, in a heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, egg whites, water, cream of tartar and salt. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating over low heat until a thermometer reads 160°, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Pour into the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; add vanilla. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 524 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 310mg sodium, 92g carbohydrate (63g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • e
    Nov 4, 2017

    Wonder if "Chef Wannabe" realized that the TOH recipe was first published in 2001. Or that it's a basic, basic cake recipe available in about a million places on the Internet. It's hardly a "copy." And I wonder what she thinks should be in a cake if not sugar.

  • SapphireIce
    Dec 8, 2014

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  • Chef Wannabe
    Apr 18, 2011

    This recipe is a copy of one already on the internet and located at: is almost verbatim.I suggest that if you wish to offer a recipe to be published, it should be your own and not one copied off of the internet.I did make the cake and, by the way, it was delicious.A lot of calories though due to all of the sugar used.