Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake
Recipe originally from the Cake Doctor book. Picture from the internet.
·vegetable oil spray for misting the pan and flour for dusting the pan.
1 pkg18.25 ounces plain white cake mix
3/4 cfinely chopped dried apricots or dried cherries
1/2 cminiature semisweet chocolate chips
1 tspground cinnamon
1 pkg3.4 ounces vanilla instant pudding mix
1 csour cream
1/2 cvegetable oil, such as canola, corn, safflower, soybean, or sunflower
1/4 cgranulated sugar
2 tspconfectioners' sugar
How to Make Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake
- Place a rack in the center of oven and preheat to 350 degreesF. Lightly mist a 12 cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil spray, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Set the pan inside.
- For the streusel filling, place 2 tablespoons cake mix, the apricots, chocolate chips, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Set the bowl aside.
- Place the remaining cake mix, the pudding mix, sour cream, oil, sugar, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scrapping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick and smooth. Pour two-thirds of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with the rubber spatula. Spoon the filling over the third of the batter over the filling and smooth it out with the rubber spatula.
Place the pan in the oven.
- Bake the cake until it is light brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger. 40 to 45 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Run a long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto a rack to complete cooling. Or transfer the cake to a serving platter to slice and eat while still warm. Sift the confectioners sugar over the top for garnish.
- Store this cake, covered in aluminum foil or under a glass cake dome, at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Or freeze it, wrapped in foil for up to 6 months. Thaw the cake overnight on the counter before serving.