Amaretto Apple Cake

For the cake:
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. amaretto
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c. reduced fat sour cream
  • 1/2 c. skim milk
  • 1 1/2 c. peeled, cored and finely chopped firm apples (I used Jonamacs)
For the streusel:
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. butter, chilled
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds
For the glaze:
  • 1 1/2 powdered sugar
  • 2 T. skim milk

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

    Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Whisk lightly to combine and set aside.

    In a large bowl, cream the granulated sugar, cream cheese and butter. Add the amaretto, vanilla and eggs to the sugar mixture and blend well. Add the reserved flour mixture and the sour cream and milk to the egg mixture and beat until just blended. Fold in the apples. Spread the batter evenly in the 9x13-inch baking pan.

    To make the streusel, combine all of the streusel ingredients, except the almonds, and cut them together with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the almonds. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the cake.

    Bake the cake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes before glazing.

    To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl and mix until a thick glaze forms. Drizzle immediately over the cake and allow to set before slicing.

    • Yields: 12-16 servings
    • Preparation Time: 90 minutes
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