Simply Perfect Spice Cake

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Elisabetta47

Like everyone else, I'm always seeking new recipes. Yet when I find one, I obsessively have to tweak it. What is that...ego? Housewife boredom? I'm still struggling with this. But I make no apologies for the following. My many, many attempts with this one has produced a cake that is healthy (sort of); fool-proof (use any pan you want); internationally-acclaimed (I live in Italy and this one has brought me fame with some sweet neighbors...there's that ego thing again). But most of all, I appreciate how it can be tossed together so easily and eaten at anytime, at any temperature. Credit and praise to an old Sun Maid raisins booklet.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease a 10" springform pan with tube insert or any other kind of deep pan in your cupboard. My favorite is a cast-iron/teflon-coated pan that produces tree shapes which can be "snowed" with powdered sugar.
  3. Cream butter, sugar and orange peel until fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  5. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl.
  6. Combine yogurt and apples in another bowl.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternately with the yogurt/apple mixture.
  8. Stir in the raisins and nuts.
  9. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 50-60 min., or until toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Let stand for 10 minute on a rack before turning out to cool.
  12. Sieve powdered sugar over cooled cake.

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