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Desserts

Applesauce-Cheddar Fruitcake

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Moist and delicious, this fruitcake is laced with pecans, maraschino cherries, dates and sharp Cheddar. A cream cheese icing adds the crowning touch.
time
prep:
35 min
total:
2 hr 45 min
servings
total:
16 servings
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What You Need

3
cups  flour
2
tsp.  CALUMET Baking Powder
1
tsp.  ground cinnamon
1/2
tsp.  salt
1/4
tsp.  ground nutmeg
1/2
cup  chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1/2
cup  chopped dates
1/2
cup  chopped maraschino cherries, well drained
1-1/2
cups  KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2
cup  (1 stick) butter, softened
1
cup  granulated sugar
2
 eggs
1
cup  applesauce
4
oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3
Tbsp.  milk
1
tsp.  brandy extract
2-1/2
cups  sifted powdered sugar

Make It

PREHEAT oven to 325°F. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; set aside. Mix pecans, dates and cherries in large bowl. Add 1 cup of the flour mixture and the cheddar cheese; mix well. Set aside.

BEAT butter and granulated sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add remaining flour mixture alternately with the applesauce, beating until well blended after each addition. Gently stir in the Cheddar cheese mixture. Pour into well-greased 12-inch tube pan or fluted tube pan.

BAKE 1 hour 10 min. Cool in pan 10 min; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Beat cream cheese, milk and extract in medium bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy after each addition. Spread over the cake.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size-Wise
Enjoy your favorite foods while keeping portion size in mind.
How to Soften Cream Cheese
Place cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 5 to 10 sec. or just until softened.
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