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This cake from our November/December 1993 issue is still one of our most requested recipes. It is a lightened version of a recipe handed down to Cooking Light Associate Editor Polly Linthicum from her grandmother. We cut the fat content in half and the cholesterol even more drastically, but the cake remains tender, moist, and buttery tasting.

Recipe by Cooking Light April 1997


Recipe Summary

24 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325°.

  • Beat sugar and margarine at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 5 minutes). Gradually add egg substitute, beating well.

  • Combine sour cream and baking soda. Stir well; set aside. Combine flour and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in vanilla.

  • Pour batter into a 10-inch tube pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

  • Note: Eight egg whites can be used in place of egg substitute, if desired. Add one at a time to sugar mixture.

Nutrition Facts

250 calories; calories from fat 28%; fat 7.7g; saturated fat 2.3g; mono fat 3.1g; poly fat 1.9g; protein 3.5g; carbohydrates 41.9g; cholesterol 6mg; iron 1.8mg; sodium 170mg; calcium 25mg.