Special-Occasion White Cake Recipe

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Special-Occasion White Cake
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  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • frosting:
  • 2 cups shortening
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 to 3 tbsp milk
  • lilac paste food coloring
  • edible pansies


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with water. Beat just until combined. In another bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
  2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat shortening, confectioners' sugar, extracts and salt until light and fluffy. Add enough milk to achieve frosting consistency.
  4. Place one cake on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake. Tint 2 cups frosting with lilac food coloring; spread over top and sides of cake.
  5. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert #10 tip and fill with remaining white frosting. Pipe a border of pearls around bottom and top of cake. With #3 tip, pipe smaller pearls on sides of cake. Garnish with pansies. Yield: 14-16 servings.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 899.14 Kcal (3765 kJ)
Calories from fat 364.61 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40.51g 62%
Cholesterol 0.07mg 0%
Sodium 102.87mg 4%
Potassium 121.29mg 3%
Total Carbs 133.99g 45%
Sugars 112.29g 449%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Protein 3.09g 6%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Calcium 41mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 425.54 Kcal (1782 kJ)
Calories from fat 172.56 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.17g 62%
Cholesterol 0.03mg 0%
Sodium 48.68mg 4%
Potassium 57.4mg 3%
Total Carbs 63.41g 45%
Sugars 53.14g 449%
Dietary Fiber 0.24g 2%
Protein 1.46g 6%
Iron 0.8mg 10%
Calcium 19.4mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 21.3
  • 25

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • cholesterol free

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar

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