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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Toasted Butter Pecan Cake


Ingredients

1¼ cup butter, softened, divided
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup milk
FROSTING:
2 pkgs (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 pkg (2 lbs) confectioners' sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 to 3 Tb milk, as necessary
extra chopped pecans for garnish, optional

Instructions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour three 9" round cake pans.
In a medium heavy skillet, melt ¼ butter over medium heat. Add pecans; cook until toasted and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Spread across sheet of foil to cool.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine; set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the flour (flour in 3 parts, milk in 2). Fold in toasted pecans.
Divide between cake pans and bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pans. Cool completely.
FOR FROSTING: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla. Beat in enough milk, as necessary, to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cake. Store in refrigerator.

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