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Butternut Squash Layer Cake

Butternut Squash Layer Cake

"The recipe for this lovely tall cake with its yummy old-fashioned frosting has been in our family for as long as I can remember."
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50 m servings
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  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add squash and maple flavoring; mix well. Combine 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.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F 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.
  3. For frosting, combine the brown sugar, egg whites, water, cream of tartar and salt in a heavy saucepan. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating over low heat until a thermometer reads 160 degrees F, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Pour frosting into a large mixing bowl; add vanilla. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake.


  • A stand mixer is recommended for beating the frosting after it reaches 160*.

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I didn't mean to totally rewrite this recipe, but since I did, I thought I would share the modifications for those wondering if it is possible. I was trying to "lighten" it up a bit, so I used 1...

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Made cupcakes instead of a huge cake. They're ok... I wasn't crazy about the icing, would have preferred a cream cheese icing with this cake. They were moist and flavour was fine :)

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I didn't mean to totally rewrite this recipe, but since I did, I thought I would share the modifications for those wondering if it is possible. I was trying to "lighten" it up a bit, so I used 1...

Creative way to use up left overs. I substituted applesauce for the fat and used eggbeaters to make this slghtly more health conscious. I think that this recipe could use a good dash of cinnam...

this cake was unbelievable!!! the icing was fluffy and so sweet and the cake was spices and moist. i was shocked at how easy it was! will make again!!!

I made this cake yesterday, and let me tell you I had my doubts about squash in cake, but it was super yummy!!! I made some changes though, I reduced the white sugar to half a cup, and I didnt h...

Great. The only adjustments made were to add an additional 1/4 cup squash (had a little extra) replace 1/4 of the milk with amaretto liquor and instead of using the icing suggested I used a coco...

This turned out so beautifully, my spousal equivalent thought I bought it. It's been awhile since I made it so I don't remember all the mods I made... but I know I didn't use maple flavoring - I...

This was a great recipe. I made cupcakes (recipe makes 24 cupcakes same as a box mix) out of it because I needed something for a reunion party. I did add a 1/2 tsp. of Apple Pie Spice to the dry...

I didn't have maple flavoring and don't really care for it anyways. I substituted 1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon and nutmeg. I had some trouble with the cake getting cooked through, so by the time...

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