Posted in From Scratch, Sweets & Treats, The Hungry Hen

Butter Pecan Cake

00668This freezes extremely well. If you try to watch your portions or you don’t think you can eat an entire cake — then cut in slices, wrap individually, and thaw each piece out as you’re ready to eat it. I actually make this in a bunt pan and add two more eggs. I also make it without the frosting and just sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

I cant remember where I got this recipe, but I do know I’ve made adjustments. The eggs, as I said, and Brown and Light Brown Sugar. Picture came from Morguefiles.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs

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Butter Pecan Frosting

  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • reserved browned butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 1/3 cup milk
  • remaining chopped pecans
Preparation

In 2-quart saucepan over medium low heat, brown pecans in butter until butter is lightly browned; stir constantly. Drain browned butter into a measuring cup; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, and baking powder, salt, milk, vanilla, eggs, and 1/2 cup of the browned butter. Beat for about 2 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup of the chopped pecans. Pour batter into two greased and floured 8- or 9-inch round layer cake pans. (Or a bunt, if you do it like me,)  Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pans and cool thoroughly before frosting.

Frosting:

Blend confectioners’ sugar with remaining browned butter, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 cup milk. Add more milk if necessary, a teaspoon at a time. Stir in remaining chopped pecans. Spread top of one layer with about 1/2 cup frosting; top with second layer. Spread remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.

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