I made this for Christmas. Everyone like it. Reduced calories further substitutions I made. Cake part: powdered egg whites, S/F pistachio instant pudding. Frosting: S/F pistachio instant pudding , milk-skimmed, cool whip-lite. Both cake mixture & frosting added 1/2 tsp. pistachio flavoring.
I made cupcakes and they turned out great - very good! Only thing was, the bottom of the paper cups became greasy. I, too, would be interested in finding out how to replace the oil with applesauce.
this was sooo good. It pleased everyone and was so easy to make. I just made the 13 by 9 instead of two 9 inch. but next time i will double the recipe and stack the cakes with the topping in the middle.
I actually haven't made this yet, but am looking forward to it. I will probably replace oil with flaxseed to increase my omega-3 and fiber intake. Read label of flaxseed package, should tell you how much to use to replace oil.