French Apple Cake



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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
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Ingredients
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    1 1/2  cups 
    granulated sugar, divided
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    4   teaspoons 
    water
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    1/2  
    lemon
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    6   
    apples
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    3   
    eggs
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    1   cup 
    flour
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    8   ounce (2 sticks) 
    butter, softened
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    4   ounces 
    (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
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    1  8  ounce tub 
    PHILADELPHIA Honey Nut Flavor Cream Cheese Spread (optional
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    1   cup 
    whipping cream (optional)
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    1/4  cup 
    powdered sugar (optional)

Directions
1.
PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F.
2.
TO prepare the caramel, heat 3/4 cup granulated sugar with 4 tsp. water. When the sugar becomes light brown, add the juice of 1/2 lemon and remove from heat.
3.
COAT the bottom and sides of a springform pan with the caramel.
4.
PEEL, core and thinly slice the apples and arrange in an attractive circular overlapping pattern on the caramel.
5.
IN a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar. Add the flour, butter, PHILADLEPHIA Cream Cheese (4 oz.) and continue beating until you have a creamy batter.
6.
POUR over apples and caramel and bake for 35 minutes. Let cool slightly prior to turning over onto a decorative cake plate.
7.
OPTIONAL: While cake is baking, beat PHILADELPHIA Honey Nut Flavor Cream Cheese until fluffy. Separately, beat whipping cream until fluffy and then add 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Gently fold the whipped PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese into the whipped cream and chill well using the freezer, if necessary. Top the warm cake slices with a spoonful of PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheesewhipped cream mixture and enjoy!
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Recipe Submitted by Real Women of PHILADELPHIA Contestant: KC Quaretti-Lee
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