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Lemon-Cherry Crumble Cake

1/2   cup (125 mL) sliced almonds
1   pkg (18.25 oz or 510 g) yellow cake mix, divided
1/2   cup (125 mL) butter (1 stick), melted and divided
1   lemon
1   container (8 oz or 250 mL) sour cream
1   egg
1   can (12 oz) cherry cake and pastry filling (see Cook's Tips)
   Vanilla ice cream (optional)
  1. For crumb topping, coarsely chop almonds using Food Chopper. Combine almonds, 1 cup (250 mL) of the cake mix (see step by step photo, right) and 3 tbsp (45 mL) of the butter in Deep Covered Baker; mix until moistened. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 24 minutes or until beginning to brown, stirring once every minute. Spread crumb topping over Parchment Paper to cool. Wipe out any remaining crumbs from baker.
  2. Zest lemon using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater to measure 1 tbsp (15 mL). Juice lemon using Juicer to measure 1/4 cup (50 mL). Combine remaining cake mix, zest, juice, sour cream, egg and remaining 5 tbsp (75 mL) butter in Classic Batter Bowl; mix until smooth. Pour cake batter into baker, spreading to edges. Using Small Scoop, scoop pastry filling evenly over batter. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 810 minutes or until center of cake springs back when lightly pressed.
  3. Carefully remove baker from microwave using Silicone Oven Mitts. Sprinkle crumb topping over cake; let stand, uncovered, 5 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

Nutrients per serving: Calories 570, Total Fat 28 g, Saturated Fat 12 g, Cholesterol 70 mg, Sodium 570 mg, Carbohydrate 75 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 6 g

Cook's Tips: Cake and pastry filling is sold in jars and is formulated not to spread when baked. For a substitute for the cake and pastry filling, combine 1 cup (250 mL) cherry jam or preserves and 2 tbsp (30 mL) cornstarch in Small Batter Bowl; mix until cornstarch is dissolved. Proceed as recipe directs.

Any flavor cake and pastry filling, jam or preserves can be substituted for the cherry cake and pastry filling.

For best results, use a microwave with a built-in turntable.