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Sugar Plum Cake

 Sugar Plum Cake
My Southern grandmothers taught me to cook when I was a boy. As I grew older, I specialized in cakes, pies and pastries. I bake several of these cakes each Christmas to give as gifts.—Mark Brown, Birmingham, Alabama
16-20 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 jars (6 ounces each) strained plum baby food
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Self-Rising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) strained plum-apple baby food
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, baby food, oil and eggs until well
  • blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon and cloves; gradually beat into
  • plum mixture until blended. Stir in pecans.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire
  • rack to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over
  • top and sides of cake.
  • Yield: 16-20 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 280 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 156 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.