Traditional recipes often call for more than two sticks of butter. Cut out fat and calories by swapping in low-fat buttermilk and vegetable oil instead. Spices like cinnamon and cloves add flavor and can improve your health without adding calories.



Credit: Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

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12 servings


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  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Place the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

  • Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 5 ingredients (flour through nutmeg), stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat well after each addition. Stir in the apple and brandy, if desired. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.

  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts

205 calories; calories from fat 25%; fat 5.8g; saturated fat 1.1g; mono fat 1.4g; poly fat 2.8g; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 33.1g; fiber 0.8g; cholesterol 38mg; iron 1.3mg; sodium 278mg; calcium 66mg.