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Chocolate Chipper Cake

1 pkg. (2.25 oz.) chopped pecans

1 pkg. (15.25 oz.) chocolate fudge cake mix

1 can (15 oz.) Del Monte® Lite Pear Halves in Extra Light Syrup, undrained

3 large eggs

1/4 c. water

1/2 c. unsweetened applesacue

1 1/2 c. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven according to directions on cake package. Coat a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.  Using the unopened can of pears, pound the pecans (in its package or in a plastic bag) until finely chopped and set aside.

Combine the cake mix, pears, eggs, water, and oil in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat according to cake package directions. (The pears will breakdown and become smooth while beating.) Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Immediately evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips over hot cake and top with nuts.  Let cool.