Light 5-Star Cream Cake

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 6
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Category: Festive Recipe
Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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  • Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 1 tbsp - light butter (do not soften)
  • 250 g - package cream cheese
  • 250 g - powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp - vanilla extract
  • For the Cake:
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup - light butter, softened
  • 2 cups - sugar
  • 2 - egg yolks
  • 2 cups - all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp - baking soda
  • 1 cup - low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup - chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp - butter extract
  • 1 tsp - coconut extract
  • 1 tsp - vanilla extract
  • 6 - egg whites
  • lemon rind strips (optional)

How to Make Light 5-Star Cream Cake

  • Prepare cream cheese icing:
  • Beat butter and cheese at high speed of an electric mixer, until fluffy.
  • Gradually, add sugar, and beat at low speed until blended.
  • Add vanilla; beat well.
  • Cover, and chill.
  • Coat bottoms of 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray (do not coat sides of pans); line bottoms of cake pans with wax paper.
  • Coat wax paper with cooking spray, and dust with flour; set aside.
  • Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until butter is creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well.
  • Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Combine 2 cups flour and baking soda; stir well.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Stir in pecans and next 3 ingredients.
  • Beat egg whites at high speed of mixer, until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat).
  • Fold egg whites into batter; pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes.
  • Cool in pans 5 minutes on wire racks.
  • Loosen cake layers from sides of pans using a narrow metal spatula, and turn out onto wire racks.
  • Peel off wax paper, and cool completely.
  • Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate, and spread with 2/3 cup cream cheese icing; top with second cake layer.
  • Repeat with 2/3 cup icing and third cake layer.
  • Spread remaining icing over cake.
  • Garnish with lemon rind strips, if desired.