Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Butter Pecan Cake

I am so in love!
This just may be my new favorite cake recipe. I was looking for something special and different for Christopher's birthday, this cake was both plus delicious. Just make sure not to over bake it or it will turn out dry. Since I was baking with a deadline I didn't have time to play around with the recipe. Next time I want to decrease the vanilla extract to one teaspoon of vanilla extract and add one teaspoon of butter extract. I just may have to have another piece.

1 1/4 cups butter
2 cups chopped pecans
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
Grease and flour bottoms of three 9 inch layer pans. Preheat oven to 350 ⁰F. Melt 1/4 cup butter in heavy skillet over medium heat. Add pecans and brown 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Sift flour with baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cream remaining butter in large mixing bowl. Gradually add 2 cups sugar; cream at high speed of mixer until light and fluffy. At medium speed blend in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. At low speed add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk and vanilla extract, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Blend well after each addition. Stir in 1 1/3 cups pecans. Pour batter into pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cake is golden brown and springs back when lightly touched in center. When cool, blend remaining pecans with Creamy Butter Frosting; spread between layers and on top.
To Make Creamy Butter Frosting: Cream 1/4 cup butter or margarine in mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, salt, 4 cups confectioners' sugar and 1/3 to 1/2 cup cream. Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency. If necessary, thin with additional cream.

1 comment:

Paula said...

This looks and sounds delicious! Unfortunately, the members of my family don't like nuts in their baked goods. It's ridiculous. I have to make two batches of fudge every year at Christmas. One without nuts and one with. I can't put nuts in the banana bread.. you see where this is going. I'll have to make this when I'm baking for a potluck or some other dinner.


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