Fruit-Topped Almond Cake

All that's needed to enhance a simple almond-flavored cake is an outstanding berry garnish. Beautiful!

  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 8

Ingredients

Cake

1 3/4
cups yellow cake mix (about 1 2/3 cups)
1/2
cup water
1/2
cup slivered almonds, finely ground
3
tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
2
eggs

Topping

3
cups assorted fresh berries (such as raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)
3/4
cup apricot preserves
3
tablespoons apple juice
3
tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Generously spray bottom and side of 8- or 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
  • 3 Bake and cool as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch rounds.
  • 4 Place berries in medium bowl. In 1-quart saucepan, heat preserves and apple juice to boiling, stirring frequently. Pour over berries; toss berries until coated with preserves mixture. Let stand 5 minutes.
  • 5 Gently cut off any dome from top of cake, using serrated knife, to make top level. On serving plate, place cake, sliced side down. Arrange berries on cake; drizzle with syrup remaining in bowl. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Store leftover cake covered in refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    320
    (
    Calories from Fat
    100),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    11g
    11%
    (Saturated Fat
    2g,
    2%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    55mg
    55%;
    Sodium
    220mg
    220%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    52g
    52%
    (Dietary Fiber
    4g
    4%
      Sugars
    31g
    31%
    ),
    Protein
    4g
    4%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    2%;
    Vitamin C
    10%;
    Calcium
    10%;
    Iron
    8%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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