Thursday, May 16, 2013

Toasted Butter Pecan Cake

This recipe is like a cake version of Butter Pecan Ice Cream!

The secret to it's yummy flavor is the first step...toasting the pecans in butter.
Do NOT skip this step. Do NOT use margarine.
Just trust me on this!

Toasting the pecans gives them a richer flavor,
with the bonus of making your house smell so good!

There is also evaporated milk in both the cake and the frosting,
which adds a slightly caramelized, creamy flavor.

Toasted Butter Pecan Cake
adapted from Taste of Home
Butter Pecan Cake
  • 2 2/3 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cups salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
Butter Pecan Cake
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottoms of three 8 or 9 inch round cake pans with wax paper and grease the sides. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large baking pan. Mix in pecans, coating evenly with butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes stirring frequently; set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the evaporated milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in 1 1/3 cups toasted pecans.
Pour the batter into prepared pans and bake for approx. 25 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).
In a large bowl, cream the butter until fluffy. Mix in half of the confectioners' sugar. Add evaporated milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Mix in the remaining confectioners' sugar. You may either mix the remaining pecans into the frosting or press them into the sides of the cake after frosting.
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  1. How lucky that my mom's bday is coming up.
    Guess what I'm going to make??

  2. o wow this cake looks delicious! soo squishy!

  3. This looks good! I don't like nuts in cake so I would probably make this without the nuts in the cake (but they are ok on top of the cake! I know, I'm weird!)

    Stopping by from Six Sisters' Stuff. Have a great weekend! :)

  4. what a great looking cake!

  5. I love butter pecan! It has to be my favorite ice cream flavor. This cake looks fantastic!

  6. Che meraviglia di torta hai preparato! Goduriosa!!! :-)

  7. Can just imagine the toasty flavor of the butter. Yum!

  8. Oh yummo I am a bit of a pecan fan, just like the icecream you say. I'd love to try a slice :)

  9. Delicious!! Just made this for my dad's birthday... Mine wasn't as pretty.. Any tips on how to make the frosting a little thicker, mine was very runny

  10. I made this and it was loved by the whole family! I've enjoyed looking through your blog. Check out Sunshine PenPals and join the fun, we'd love to have you!

  11. Lovely work, Robin! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about cakes? This is the link . There are over 40 great links there already. I do hope to see you there. Cheers

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  13. I didnt't want to leave a post until I tried your recipe. Anything can look delicious but taste like crud. Needless to say that I just made your recipe for my husband who adores butter pecan ice cream. The cake was super easy to make with your clear instructions. The cake turned out AMAZING!! Tastes so much like the ice cream and I am not a huge pecan person. Thank you so much for your post. I think the toasting of the pecans as well as using evaporated milk in both recipes made a huge difference in the taste.

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  15. This looks so good! I've tried a couple of your recipes and they're always delicious so I can't wait to try this one! I have one question: Does it make a difference to bake the cake with wax paper versus baking it with a greased baking pan?

  16. Looks good so going to try it hope it comes out good


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