Butter Pecan Cake

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Cooking Method: Bake


3 Tbsp butter
1 c pecans, chopped
2/3 c butter, softened
1 c sugar
2 eggs
2 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 c milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp butter, softened
3 c powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
pecans, toasted

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Dawn Hammond Recipe
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Noblesville, IN (pop. 51,969)
Member Since Nov 2009
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This is one of the best cakes I have ever had!  It was so good in fact, that I had to get it out of the house so I would not eat it all!  I did, however, add ½ cup more pecans so that I would have some for the icing.   Also, if you prefer thick icing (like I do) you might want to double the icing recipe.


Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a 13x9x2 inch baking pan; stir in pecans and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes; cool.
Cream softened butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy and sugar is dissolved.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Stir in vanilla and 1 cup pecans, reserving remaining pecans for Butter Pecan Frosting.
Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9 inch cakepans; bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake tests done.
Cool layers in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely.
Spread top and sides of cooled cake with Butter Pecan Frosting - Yield: one 2-layer cake.
Butter Pecan Frosting: Cream butter; add sugar, milk and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy.
Stir in reserved toasted pecans - Yield: enough frosting for one 2-layer cake.

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user Steve Young HotDill - Nov 18, 2009
Sounds wonderful! Can't wait to try it!
user Jacqueline Kingeter kitchen - Dec 14, 2009
I know Grandy and if she says they are good-they are!
user Diana Collins dianacno1 - Dec 22, 2009
one of my favorites, may try this this christmas!!....
user Rosealee Belzer gypsybird - Dec 23, 2009
If it taste as good as it looks. I'm sure it will become one of my favorite's. Funny the first recipe I pick, is from the same town my Mother and Father got married in. You might know some of my family that still lives in that area and around Ind. "Belzer and Thompson" I was also born in Lebanon, Ind.
Can't wait to try this one.
user Dinah Fox TexasMeme - Jan 14, 2010
Cake sounds delicious. I intend to try it, but is the 2 "cans" of all purpose flour a typo? Should it read 2 cups?

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