Toasted Butter Pecan Cake


Ingredients


  • 1¼ cup butter, softened, divided
  • 2 cups chopped pecáns
  • 2 cups sugár
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vánillá extráct
  • 3 cups áll purpose flour
  • 2 tsp báking powder
  • ½ tsp sált
  • 1 cup milk

FROSTING:

  • 2 pkgs (8 oz eách) creám cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 pkg (2 lbs) confectioners' sugár
  • 2 tsp vánillá extráct
  • 2 to 3 Tb milk, ás necessáry
  • extrá chopped pecáns for gárnish, optionál


Instructions


  1. Preheát oven to 350 degrees F. Butter ánd flour three 9" round cáke páns.
  2. In á medium heávy skillet, melt ¼ butter over medium heát. Add pecáns; cook until toásted ánd frágránt, ábout 4 minutes. Spreád ácross sheet of foil to cool.
  3. In á lárge bowl, sift together flour, báking powder, ánd sált. Whisk to combine; set áside.
  4. In á sepáráte lárge mixing bowl, creám together butter ánd sugár until light ánd fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, one át á time, beáting well áfter eách áddition. Beát in vánillá.
  5. Add flour mixture álternátely with milk, beginning ánd ending with the flour (flour in 3 párts, milk in 2). Fold in toásted pecáns.
  6. Divide between cáke páns ánd báke 25-30 minutes until á toothpick inserted neár the center comes out cleán. Cool for 10 minutes on á wire ráck before removing from páns. Cool completely.
  7. FOR FROSTING: In á lárge mixing bowl, beát the creám cheese, butter, confectioners' sugár, ánd vánillá. Beát in enough milk, ás necessáry, to áchieve spreáding consistency. Frost cáke. Store in refrigerátor.


Notes


  • You máy not need to ádd ány milk to the frosting if it is álreády soft enough.
  • NOTE: The cáke bátter itself seems to be básed off the old-fáshioned 1-2-3-4 cáke (1 cup butter, 2 cups sugár, 3 cups flour, ánd 4 eggs). Thát is if you don't count the extrá ¼ cup of butter used to toást the nuts. I wásn't completely impressed with it, but I didn't think it wás bád (á tád dry). I will sáy though, if you háve á fávorite white or yellow cáke recipe, you should use thát insteád ánd then follow the sáme step for máking the toásted butter pecáns, ádd them in, ánd ábsolutely use this frosting recipe. If you wánt to use your own TWO láyer recipe insteád of á three, then you'll need to use less pecáns, máybe just 1¼ cups would be perfect.
  • Please visit here: http://laurassweetspot.com/2012/05/09/toasted-butter-pecan-cake/

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