Friday, December 19, 2008

Eggology Egg White Recipe of the Day: Snow Capped Banana Layer Cake with Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting

BRRRRR. I just got back from a trip to Minnesota and it was cold, actually it was colder than cold! I arrive in southern California, and guess what? It's cold here too! And looking at this picture makes me even colder! But I thought it was a great scene for this holiday season.

And the egg white recipe of the day is also a great fit for the holiday season. Enjoy, with a cup of hot tea!

Snow Capped Banana Layer Cake with Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings: 18

WHAT YOU NEED (for cake):
cooking spray
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 oz Eggology fresh egg whites
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup ripe banana (about 2) mashed
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below cake recipe)
1 1/2 cups ripe banana (about 2) sliced

WHAT YOU NEED (for frosting):
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350º.

Coat bottoms of 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray (do not coat sides of pans); line bottoms with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour.

Beat sugar, shortening, and vanilla at medium speed of a mixer for 5 minutes. Add egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Combine the mashed banana and buttermilk. Add the flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Sharply tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans. Remove wax paper. Cool completely on wire rack.Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with 1/2 cup Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting. Arrange banana slices over frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Chill 1 hour. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.

Instructions for frosting:
Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, lemon rind, and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar in 2 additions. Beat until creamy. Add more icing sugar or juice as needed for easy spreading. Makes about 3 2/3 cups.

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