I am looking to make a lemon cake with cream cheese frosting for my daughter's birthday this weekend. It will be in the shape of a flower with Hello Kitty's face on top, so I need to be able to do a little carving. Here is the recipe I plan to follow (I have compiled it from many internet searches):
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small lemon instant pudding mix
1 c 2% milk
1/3 c vegetable oil
I usually like to substitute applesauce for some or all of the oil but am hesitant in this recipe. I have never done the pudding and extra egg thing nor have I used milk instead of water. Will using the applesauce dramatically change the texture or flavor? I'm also concerned about "carvability."