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.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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