Looking to add something special to your usual almond cream cake? Try our Apricot-Almond Cream Cake for a new twist on a family favorite. The apricot addition makes for some very inviting and fruity notes they will want again and again.
Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 2 (8-inch) round cakes, substituting square pans for the round pans if desired. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
Meanwhile, cook nuts and 3 Tbsp. sugar in nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 5 min. or until sugar is completely dissolved and nuts are evenly coated with sugar glaze, stirring constantly. Spread onto baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray; cool completely.
Cut apricots in half; discard pits. Cut fruit into thin slices. Reserve a few apricot slices for garnish. Beat cream cheese in medium bowl with mixer until creamy. Add remaining sugar; mix well. Gently stir in COOL WHIP, then remaining sliced apricots.
Cut each cake layer horizontally in half with serrated knife; stack on serving plate, spreading 3/4 cup COOL WHIP mixture between each layer.
Microwave fruit spread in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 20 sec. or until heated through; stir. Drizzle over cake; spread to completely cover top of cake, allowing excess fruit spread to drizzle down side.
Top cake with remaining COOL WHIP mixture. Garnish with reserved apricot slices. Break candied nuts into small pieces; sprinkle over cake.
Keeping it Safe
Refrigerate any leftover frosted cake.
Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese and COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0.5g
Total Carbohydrates 49g
Dietary Fiber 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.