ISC220 Student's Fruit Topped Cake Page

fruit-topped cake (5223 bytes)

1 1/2 cups buttermilk baking mix 1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar 1 egg
1/2 cup milk or water 3/4 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons shortening 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Whipped Cream Cheese Topping (below) 2 kiwifruit, sliced

1/2 pint strawberries, cut into halves

Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour round pan, 9 x 1 1/2 inches. Beat baking mix, sugar, milk, shortening, vanilla and egg on low speed, scraping the bowl constantly, 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, 4 minutes. Pour into pan. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Immediately remove from pan; cool.

Heat apricot preserves and lemon juice to boiling, stirring occasionally. Strain enough of the preserve mixture to measure 2 tablespoons syrup for glaze; reserve. Cool preserve mixture.

Split cake horizontally to make 2 layers. (To split, mark side of cake with wooden picks and cut with long, thin knife.) Spread bottom cake layer with half of the preserve mixture; spread with 3/4 cup of the Whipped Cream Cheese Topping. Top with second layer; spread with remaining preserve mixture. Arrange fruit on top. Brush fruit with reserved apricot syrup. Almost side of cake with remaining topping. Serve immediately or refrigerate no longer than 8 hours. 8 servings; 425 calories per serving.

NOTE: Any combination of fruit can be used.

Tips on baking cakes.

Whipped Cream Cheese ToppingWhipped Cream Cheese Topping: Beat 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened, in chilled 1 1/2-quart bowl until smooth. Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 3/4 cup chilled whipping cream and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until stiff peaks form.

Apricot Rum Cake: Omit kiwifruit, strawberries and glaze. Before spreading top of cake with remaining preserve mixture, prick cake with skewer or fork. Heat 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon rum or brandy to boiling. Spoon evenly over top of cake. Continue as directed.

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