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Desserts

Holiday Gift Cake

Holiday Gift Cake recipe
photo by:kraft
time
prep:
30 min
total:
1 hr 40 min
servings
total:
16 servings
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What You Need

1/2
cup  finely chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
cup  (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2
cups  granulated sugar
1-1/2
tsp.  vanilla
4
 eggs
2-1/4
cups  sifted cake flour, divided
1-1/2
tsp.  CALUMET Baking Powder
3/4
cup  chopped maraschino cherries, well drained
1/2
cup  chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1-1/2
cups  sifted powdered sugar
2
Tbsp.  milk

Make It

PREHEAT oven to 325°F. Grease 12-cup fluted tube pan or 10-inch tube pan; sprinkle with 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans.

BEAT cream cheese, butter, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition; set aside. Sift 2 cups of the flour with the baking powder. Gradually add to cream cheese mixture, beating well after each addition. Toss remaining 1/4 cup flour with the cherries and 1/2 cup chopped pecans; gently stir into batter. Pour into prepared pan.

BAKE 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Loosen cake from side of pan with spatula or knife; gently remove cake from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Mix powdered sugar and milk; drizzle over cake.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size-Wise
At 16 servings, this cake can serve a crowd at an annual get-together. It also doubles as a perfect holiday or hostess gift.
Substitute
Substitute 2 cups all-purpose flour for the cake flour.
Variation
Prepare batter as directed; pour evenly into 5 greased and floured 5x3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 325°F for 45 to 50 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
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