This healthy and delicious apple spice cake uses buttermilk and vegetable oil instead of butter, and the assorted spices give the cake a delicious taste without all of the extra calories.
1 c. packed dark brown sugar
1/3 c. (or 3 oz) softened fat-free cream cheese
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (imitation vanilla may also be used)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 c. low-fat buttermilk
1 c. chopped, peeled apples
2 tbsp. brandy (optional)
Cooking spray for the pan
2 tsps. powdered sugar
Directions For This Healthy Cake Recipe:
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Combine brown sugar, cream cheese vegetable oil and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed until well blended (approximately 3 minutes). Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time and beat well after each addition.
Measure out flour into measuring cup and level with a knife; put in large mixing bowl. Add cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves to flour and stir. Add buttermilk and flour mixture to sugar mixture a little at a time, alternating each, and mix well after each addition. Add apples, and if desired, brandy, to mixture and mix lightly with a large spoon. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, at 350°. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then remove from pan and cool completely on the wire rack. Sprinkle powdered sugar onto the cake before serving.
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