Culinary historians believe this originated in New York City in the 1950s at Oscar's at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Regardless of its origins, the dessert pairs red-tinted cake with creamy white frosting--a fitting combination for the holidays.
Cooking spray 3 cups sifted cake flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened half and half marg/applesauce should work 4 large egg whites 2 cups fat-free buttermilk soy or rice milk with a little apple cider vinegar 1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting: 7 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese soy cream cheese might make it too fatty? 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
Remaining ingredient: 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray, and line bottoms of pans with wax paper.
Lightly spoon 3 cups cake flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, and next 3 ingredients (through salt). Set aside.
Beat granulated sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed 4 minutes or until well blended. Add egg whites to sugar mixture; beat at medium speed 5 minutes or until fluffy. Combine buttermilk, food coloring, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until moistened.
Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Sharply tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350° for 28 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool cake layers completely on wire racks.
To prepare frosting, combine cheese and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, and beat at low speed just until blended (do not overbeat).
To assemble cake, place 1 cake layer on a plate. Spread with jam; top with second cake layer. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.
Yield: 18 servings (serving size: 1 cake slice)
CALORIES 308 (23% from fat); FAT 7.9g (satfat 4.9g, monofat 2.1g, polyfat 0.3g); PROTEIN 3.9g; CARBOHYDRATE 56.7g; FIBER 0.5g; CHOLESTEROL 22mg; IRON 1.3mg; SODIUM 269mg; CALCIUM 29mg; Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2004
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