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Cherry-Almond Snack Cake

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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings

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

  • 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.
  • 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 (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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  • anyad47
    Sep 30, 2010

    This is a moist and very flavorful snack cake. Would recommend finely chopping vs grinding the almonds. Was a hit at my weekly diet class.

  • karenthar
    Sep 30, 2010

    I used regular sugar and butter in the amounts give. I added 1/4 tsp cherry extract to increase the cherry flavor. I thought about putting some mini chocolate chips in, but opted for drizzling some melted chocolate on top which makes them taste like a chocolate covered cherry. Delicious!

  • jimsodoma194
    Sep 30, 2010

    this recipe is very good and easy to make.

  • sharisa
    Sep 30, 2010

    I am a diabetic and really enjoyed the taste of this Snack Cake. It seems like everything I make for the diabetic diet, the rest of my family does not, but they all enjoyed this one.

  • towanda7
    Sep 26, 2010

    I love the cherry-almond scent of Jergen's lotion. When i baked this moist cake my whole house smelled delicious.

  • Have Your Cake & Lose Weight too
    Sep 25, 2010

    I am a diabetic and I have a dog (xylitol is poisonous to dogs and it adds 360 calories so I kept with the Splenda). I baked them today with the following substitutions. I ground walnuts instead of almonds. I used King Arthur's White Whole Wheat flour. I used light Smart Balance Spread. I used vanilla instead of almond extract. I used buckwheat honey. I made 12 muffins rather than 15 pieces so they were 200 calories each. They contained over 7 grams of cholesterol reducing healthy fat which adds to calories but in a healthy way. They are absolutely fabulous!!! Hearty and filling...sweet and bold. I call them Cherry-Walnut Honey Buns. If you haven't made them yet please try them...they are wonderful.

  • tinybrush
    Sep 25, 2010

    Also if you prefer not to use margarine, do this:Take one stick of butter, soften to room temperature, then gradually beat in an equal amount of extra light olive oil (1/2 cup). This makes the butter spreadable straight from the refrigerator, reduces the amount of trans-fats in the butter and still tastes like butter. Great for baking too!

  • tinybrush
    Sep 25, 2010

    I haven't tried this recipe yet, but it sounds great EXCEPT I don't do artificial sweeteners. I use xylitol (a sugar alcohol that looks and tastes like sugar and doesn't require insulin to metabolize) in other words safe for diabetics. Just add an extra egg white to prevent dryness. Google xylitol, it's an all natural sweetener.

  • Auntie J
    Sep 24, 2010

    Easy and delicious. Perfect for sharing with my diabetic parents AND they're a great fit with my Weight Watchers plan. I used agave nectar instead of honey and cut 24 bars.

  • Have Your Cake & Lose Weight too
    Sep 24, 2010

    I can't wait to make this recipe! I will use smart balance spread or perhaps an oil blend. I will use King Arthurs white whole wheat flour because it has more fiber and is better on the glycemic index. I will use buckwheat honey because the flavor is stronger than regular honey. As a diabetic great recipes are hard to find. 1 out of every 14 people has or is at risk of diabetes. My husband is a pharmacist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and spends a lot of time learning about diabetes. More and more children are diabetics, too. I know kids would love this cake or even made as muffins and it is so much healthier than a "twinkie" or other sugar filled dessert. Thanks so much for publishing a great diabetic friendly recipe and keep them coming! Linda Faust from Greendale, WI