Spiced Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Ingrients & Directions

2 1/2 c Flour; unbleached, sifted 1/2 c Cocoa; baking
2 ts Baking soda 1 ts Cinnamon; ground
1 ts Salt 3/4 c Vegetable shortening
2 c Sugar 2 ea Eggs; large
1 ts Vanilla 1 c Applesauce
1 c Buttermilk 1/3 c ;boiling water
1 x –chocolate fluff frosting– 1 ea
2 oz Unsweetened chocolate 1/2 c Confectioners’ sugar; sifted
1/4 c Butter or margarine;softened 1 ts Vanilla
2 ea Egg whites; large 1 c Confectioners’ sugar; sifted

Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside. Cream
together the shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy,
using an electric mixer at medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
well after each addition. Blend in vanilla and applesauce. Add dry
ingredients alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture, beating well
after each addition. Beat in boiling water. (Batter should be thick.) Pour
batter into greased and waxed paper-lined 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake
in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 1 hour or until cake tests done. Cool
10 minutes in pan on rack. Remove from pan; cool on rack. When cake is
cooled, spread with Chocolate Fluff Frosting. Cut in squares. CHOCOLATE
FLUFF FROSTING: Melt chocolate over hot water. Cool to room temperature.
Blend together confectioners’ sugar, butter, melted chocolate and vanilla
in a bowl and beat until smooth. In another bowl, beat egg whites until
soft peaks form, using an electric mixer at high speed. Gradually beat in 1
c sifted confectioners’ sugar, 2 T at a time, until egg white mixture is
glossy and stiff. Fold in chocolate mixture into the beaten egg whites.

16 servings

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