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Winter Fruit and Nut Cake

Applesauce, dates and cranberries add sweetness while pecans give crunch in a dessert that starts with a convenient cake mix.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 2 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 15
 

Ingredients

Cake

1/2
cup chopped dates
1/2
cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2
cup chopped pecans
1
box yellow cake mix
1
teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2
tablespoons water
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
1
cup chunky applesauce

Topping

1/3
cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
3/4
cup chopped pecans
3
tablespoons milk

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan. In medium bowl, toss dates, cranberries and 1/2 cup pecans with 1/4 cup cake mix. In large bowl, beat remaining cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, water, oil, eggs and applesauce with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in date mixture. Spread in pan.
  • 2 Bake 34 to 39 minutes (37 to 43 minutes for dark or nonstick) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, 3/4 cup pecans and the milk. Spread over top of warm cake.
  • 3 Set oven control to broil. Broil cake with top 4 inches from heat about 1 minute or until bubbly. (Watch carefully to prevent burning.) Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Store loosely covered.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan. In medium bowl, toss dates, cranberries and 1/2 cup pecans with 1/4 cup cake mix. In large bowl, beat remaining cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, water, oil, eggs and applesauce with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in date mixture. Spread in pan.
  • 2 Bake 34 to 39 minutes (37 to 43 minutes for dark or nonstick) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, 3/4 cup pecans and the milk. Spread over top of warm cake.
  • 3 Set oven control to broil. Broil cake with top 4 inches from heat about 1 minute or until bubbly. (Watch carefully to prevent burning.) Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Store loosely covered.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Instead of the pumpkin pie spice, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

For a special treat, top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
360
(
Calories from Fat
160),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
18%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
250mg
250%;
Total Carbohydrate
46g
46%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
32g
32%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 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; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.