Cranberry-Orange-Apricot Coffee Cake

I am a big fan of baking from mixes. They fast, they’re easy, you can buy a bunch when they go on sale and then you’re prepared for every last-minute dinner invite, school function, or work social event.

I also love starting from a box mix and adding in some ingredients to make it unique–and often a little more healthy!

Here’s what I did, starting with Krusteaz’s Fat-Free Cranberry Orange Muffin mix.

Prepare mix as directed, but before adding the cranberries, add:

1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal (“quick oats”)
1/2 cup apricot preserves

Then add the cranberries (if desired; you could leave them out if you just wanted orange-apricot flavors).

Spray a bundt pan (or loaf pan or 8″x8″ baking dish) and fill with batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

It’s still a “dump-and-bake” cake, but adding oatmeal and wheat germ really cuts the sweetness, making it more palatable for a coffee cake, and makes it overall a healthier treat. Baking in a bundt pan gives it a nice brown, almost crisp, crust, which contrasts nicely with the moistness of the apricot preserves.

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