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Smart-Choice Almond Cake

photo by:kraft
Fill your kitchen with the aroma of fresh-baked Smarter Choice Almond Cake. One of the smart ingredient swaps here is fat-free sweetened condensed milk.
20 min
2 hr 15 min
16 servings

What You Need

 eggs, separated
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
cup  butter, melted
tsp.  almond extract
can  (14 oz.) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
pkg.  (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
cups  fat-free milk
cup  PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, divided
Tbsp.  sugar
cup  COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping (Do not thaw.)
oz.  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Make It

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

BEAT egg whites in small bowl with mixer on high speed 5 min. or until soft peaks form; set aside. Beat Neufchatel in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add egg yolks, butter and extract; mix well. Gradually beat in condensed milk. Add cake mix alternately with fat-free milk, beating well after each addition. Chop 1/2 cup nuts; stir into batter. Gently stir in egg whites. Pour into 12-cup fluted tube pan or 10-inch tube pan sprayed with cooking spray.

BAKE 55 min. or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 min. Loosen cake from sides of pan with knife. Invert cake onto wire rack; gently remove pan. Cool cake completely.

MEANWHILE, cook remaining nuts in small skillet on medium heat until lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with sugar; cook and stir until sugar is melted and nuts are browned and evenly glazed. Spread onto sheet of waxed paper; cool.

MICROWAVE COOL WHIP LITE and chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring every 30 sec. Spoon over cake; sprinkle with glazed nuts. Let stand until glaze is firm.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Small Changes Add Up
Small ingredient substitutions, such as PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, fat-free milk, and COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, result in a savings of 30 calories and 4g of fat, including 3g of sat fat, per serving when compared to a traditional recipe.
How to Soften Neufchatel
Place completely unwrapped package of Neufchatel in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of Neufchatel.
How to Beat Egg Whites to Soft or Stiff Peaks
Beat egg whites in clean glass or metal bowl with mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Turn off mixer and lift beaters; peaks should bend over and appear light and airy. For stiff peaks, continue beating until peaks will stand up and hold their shape when beaters are lifted.
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