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Cherry-Almond Snack Cake

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

15 servings

Dried cherries and almond flavoring give this tender golden cake from our Test Kitchen a sweet-tart flavor, and crushed almonds lend a nice crunch to each tasty square. It's great for snacking or afternoon tea.
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat stick margarine, softened
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 2/3 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the margarine, sugar substitute and honey. Beat in the egg and almond extract (mixture will appear curdled). Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in almonds and cherries.
  2. Spread into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Parkay Light stick margarine and Splenda No Calorie Sweetener.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 169 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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