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Pecan Pie Cake

“Ok people, you’ve been warned! This cake will make a grown man drop to his knees, birds will sing, and your children will ask you to let them wash the dishes.”  This is what this pin that I pinned from “Sweet Jeanette” boasted.

 

I don’t know about you but anything that makes my children want to do the dishes is worth a try! And I don’t really mind birds singing either.

 

In reading this recipe, it does require that you invest a little time to prepare but the end result is worth the effort.

 

What is required first is to make the caramelly (is that a word?) filling.Whisk together the first 6 ingredients in a heavy 3-quart saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, and boil for 1 minute, or until thickened. Remove from heat; whisk in butter and vanilla.

Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of mixture to prevent a film from forming, and chill at least 4 hours.Into the fridge this goes so you can start gathering the items needed for the actual cake:Sprinkle 2 cups pecans evenly into 3 generously buttered 9-inch round cake pans; shake to coat bottoms and sides of pans.  I don’t know how you butter your pans, but I always use a plastic bag like this:When I’m done, just toss in the trash and no buttery mess!

 

Here are my pans with my pecans sprinkled in.Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, and gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

 

Combine flour and baking soda. Add to butter mixture alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in remaining 1 cup pecans.
Beat egg whites at medium speed until stiff peaks form, and fold one third egg whites into batter. Fold in remaining egg whites. (Do NOT over mix).
Pour batter into prepared pans.  Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes
Cool in pans on wire racks for about 10 minutes, then invert onto the wire racks. Put some wax paper down under the wire racks… Trust me! You’ll be glad you did!  Brush the tops and sides of layers with corn syrup, and cool completely. (See, aren’t you glad you listened?)
Spread half of pecan pie filling on one layer, pecan side up. Place second layer, pecan side up, on filling, and spread with remaining filling. Top with remaining layer, pecan side up.
Oh my.  I almost didn’t bake this cake.  Why? Because I almost ate all of batter before pouring it into my pans.  Talk about heavenly!  But I restrained myself and forged on with getting this into the oven. And I wasn’t disappointed.  The finished product was just as good as the batter!
Now did this Pecan Pie Cake make my husband drop to his knees?  Technically no, but then again he was too busy devouring his piece of cake.
This would be a great dessert to top off a Christmas Dinner.  Thank you to Jeanette for a great recipe!
This Pin Rocks!
 
Ingredients
  • Pecan Pie Filling
  • ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup dark corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1½ cups half-and-half
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the real stuff)
  • Pecan Pie Cake
  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans, toasted and divided
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup dark corn syrup
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the first 6 ingredients in a heavy 3-quart saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, and boil for 1 minute, or until thickened. Remove from heat; whisk in butter and vanilla. Place a sheet of wax paper directly on surface of mixture to prevent a film from forming, and chill at least 4 hours.
  2. Pecan Pie Cake:
  3. Sprinkle 2 cups pecans evenly into 3 generously buttered 9-inch round cake pans; shake to coat bottoms and sides of pans.
  4. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, and gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Combine flour and baking soda. Add to butter mixture alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in remaining 1 cup pecans.
  6. Beat egg whites at medium speed until stiff peaks form, and fold one third egg whites into batter. Fold in remaining egg whites. (Do NOT over mix). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  7. Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes. I always set timer to go off 5 minutes before to be safe. Silly oven!
  8. Check for doneness with the old toothpick inserted into center test.
  9. Cool in pans on wire racks for about 10 minutes, then invert onto the wire racks. Put some wax paper down under the wire racks... Trust me! You'll be glad you did!
  10. Brush the tops and sides of layers with corn syrup, and cool completely. (See, aren't you glad you listened?)
  11. Spread half of pecan pie filling on one layer, pecan side up. Place second layer, pecan side up, on filling, and spread with remaining filling. Top with remaining layer, pecan side up.
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Comments

  1. Oh wow Debbie! This looks amazing. I like how it’s a cake instead of a pie. AND I love how you do point-by-point pictures! Can I tell you how much I love pecans? If they are in my house, I’m a gonner.

    • Jeni! I think you and I are twin sisters of different mothers! Say Pecan and I will eat it. Pecan chicken, pecan pie, pecan ice cream, pecan turtles. And this batter was TO DIE FOR! In fact, I’m gonna go get me a piece right now! Thanks for the pecan love!

  2. Yum! I normally don’t have patience to bake a cake like that, but this looks good! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Gluedtomycrafts.blogspot.com

    Don’t forget to link up at our Thursday Obsessions Linkup party :) Would love to see this on there!

    Have a good night girls!

  3. Stacey, thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment! We’ll link up tomorrow fer sure!

  4. I wish I was there to eat it!!!! 4 more days. Maybe you should save me a piece? :)

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