Makeover Cake with Coconut-Pecan Icing Recipe

Photo by Rebecca M.

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

--

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3

    cup shortening

  • 3/4

    cup sugar

  • 1/3

    cup sugar blend

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1/2

    cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1

    cup cake flour

  • 1

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4

    cup baking cocoa

  • 1

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 1-1/2

    cups buttermilk

  • ICING & GARNISH:

  • 1/3

    cup reduced-fat butter, cubed

  • 3

    tablespoons baking cocoa

  • 2

    tablespoons fat-free milk

  • 2

    cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1-1/4

    cups chopped pecans, toasted, divided

  • 3/4

    cup flaked coconut, toasted, divided

  • 3/4

    teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a large bowl, beat the shortening, sugar and sugar blend until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla (batter will appear curdled). Combine the flours, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to shortening mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack. For icing, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in cocoa until smooth. Add milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the confectioners' sugar, 3/4 cup pecans, 1/2 cup coconut and vanilla until smooth. Spread over warm cake. Sprinkle with remaining pecans and coconut. Cool completely. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 20 servings. Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda Sugar Blend and Land O'Lakes light stick butter. Nutritional Facts 1 piece equals 271 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 213 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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