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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

♥ Butternut Squash Layer Cake ♥

Ingredients:
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

BROWN SUGAR FROSTING:
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

Directions:
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 near 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.

Yield: 10-12 servings.

1 comment:

Patti said...

Oh, this looks quite delicious. My father-in-law loves butternut squash...and not just at Thanksgiving either. He will eat it year-round. Wonder if he'd like it in a cake?

Thanks for sharing,
Patti