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Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro Photo by: Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

Cardamom-Date Snack Cake

This spicy little cake welcomes a glass of milk or cup of hot tea. The dates make this treat extremely moist and tender, so use a serrated knife to cut it.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2004

  • Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped pitted dates
  • Topping:
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cake, coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.

Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour and next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine 5 tablespoons butter and the next 4 ingredients (through eggs) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moist. Stir in dates. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

To prepare topping, combine sliced almonds and remaining ingredients, stirring with a fork until blended. Sprinkle evenly over batter. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 230
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 7.6g
  • Saturated fat: 3.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 3.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 37.8g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 53mg
  • Iron: 1.6mg
  • Sodium: 248mg
  • Calcium: 52mg
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