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Holiday Gift Cake

Ingredients

Cake

  • 8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar well-drained, chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a Bundt pan.
  2. Cake: Blend cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add 2 cups of flour, sifted with baking powder.
  3. Combine remaining flour with cherries and 1/2 cup nuts; fold into batter. Sprinkle prepared Bundt pan with 1/2 cup nuts. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from pan.
  5. Glaze: Mix confectioners' sugar and milk.



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