Well, this was a surprise! I've never made a cake with cheese soup in it! You don't even taste it, but I'm sure it helps in the overall taste. I did add more apple than called for, as I wanted a moister cake. It didn't turn out as sweet as I thought it would, so that's good. However, I don't think this is a batter that you can mix with a handheld mixer. I should have fixed it in my sister's KA. It holds A LOT! I didn't read the directions completely, so didn't realize that it called for a 15-cup flute pan! So I had batter left over after I filled my 10-cup pan! Not wanting to throw it away, I put brown sugar and butter in the bottom of a regular 9-inch cake pan, covered it with apple slices and then the batter. Came out pretty good! Much sweeter, though, than the cake. Thnx for sharing Paula's recipe, Lynda! Made for New Kids on the Block.