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Maple Pear Spice Cakes

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This flavorful cake is perfect to make during the cold winter months.

  • Hands-On Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Servings: 12 Mini Spice Cakes
  • Difficulty: Super Simple
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  • 1 package Duncan Hines® Signature Spice Cake Mix
  • water, oil and eggs called for on cake mix package
  • 1 can (15 oz.) sliced pears in light syrup, drained and diced
  • 1 container Duncan Hines® Creamy Maple Spice Frosting
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
  • ground cinnamon, for dusting

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease and flour 12-cup muffin pan. Do not use liners.
  2. Combine cake mix, water, oil and eggs in large bowl with wooden spoon until blended. Set aside 12 pieces of diced pear for garnish. Stir remaining pears into batter. Pour into prepared pan. (Cups will be full)
  3. Bake 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  5. Spread frosting around outside bottom third of cupcakes. Roll frosting in chopped pecans.
  6. Pipe Maple Spice Frosting onto cupcakes and garnish with diced pear and dust with cinnamon.

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Moister spice cake

Moister spice cake

My maternal great-grandmother LOVED to bake and one of her favorite cakes to bake was a spice cake. People always asked her how she would get her cake to be so moist, She wouldn't tell her secret, but I know it. If you are looking for a way to make your spice cakes more moist, just add a half a cup of water to the batter when mixing. If you decide you want to freeze the cake for a month or so, and then take it out of the freezer to thaw, it will remain moist when you are ready to cut it



instead of sifting, mix your dry ingredients in a clean dry bowl and use your mixer on low speed to mix away the lumps in a minute or two instead of five or more.

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