Banana Applesauce Cake

This cake is a delectable 'mountain' of cake and fruit, and very moist.

Yield

16 to 20 servings

Cake Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated (white) sugar
4 eggs, separated
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Filling Ingredients

2 cups sweetened applesauce
3 medium firm bananas, sliced
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Frosting Ingredients

1 cup granulated (white) sugar
2 egg whites
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease three 9-inch round cake pans with Pan Release or cooking spray or grease with shortening.

In a bowl, cream butter and sugar; beat in egg yolk. Combine flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat in extracts. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gently fold into batter. Pour into three prepared round cake pans.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire cooling 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, combine sugar, egg whites, water, cream of tartar and salt in the top of double boiler over boiling water. Beat for 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Remove from the heat; continue beating until frosting cools. Frost sides and top of cake. Sprinkle with coconut.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes

Storage

Store in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 332, Fat 11 g (Saturated Fat 7 g), Cholesterol 69 mg, Sodium 191 mg, Carbohydrate 55 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 4 g.

Recipe Courtesy Of

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