How do we make our famous Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake a Smarter Choice? With Neufchatel cheese and COOL WHIP Lite, that's how.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 16 servings
1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
4 egg s
1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, thawed
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/4 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
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Let's Make It
Heat oven to 350°F.
Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and 1 tsp. spice in large bowl with mixer until blended. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round pans.
Bake 28 to 30 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
Beat Neufchatel in medium bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar, remaining pumpkin and spice; mix well. Gently stir in COOL WHIP. Cut each cake layer horizontally in half with serrated knife; stack on serving plate, filing each layer with 1/3 of the Neufchatel mixture. (Do not frost top layer.) Drizzle with caramel topping just before serving; top with nuts.
Small Changes Add Up
Small ingredient substitutions, such as PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese and COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, result in a savings of 40 calories and 3g of total fat, including 2g of sat fat, per serving when compared to a traditional recipe.
Omit caramel sauce. Microwave 10 KRAFT Caramels and 1 Tbsp. milk in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until caramels begin to melt. Stir until caramels are completely melted. Drizzle over cake just before serving; top with nuts.
How to Store
Keep frosted cake refrigerated.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 39g
Dietary Fibers 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.