Butter Pecan Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

by Melissa on October 5, 2008

My mom and my sister’s Fiancee, Chris, celebrated their birthdays earlier in September, but we were not able to see them until recently. I wanted to make them a belated birthday cake to celebrate and decided to try this one from Amber. I decided to make a maple cream cheese frosting and it was the perfect compliment to this cake. The flavors actually reminded me a little bit of maple walnut ice cream, which happens to be my mom’s favorite flavor. I decorated the cake with white chocolate leaves that I made with candy molds.

Toasted Butter Pecan Cake

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 2-2/3 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

In a small heavy skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add pecans; cook over medium heat until toasted, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat just until combined. Fold in 2 cups reserved pecans. Spread evenly into three greased and waxed paper-lined 9-in. round baking pans.

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 packages (one 8 oz and one 3 oz) of cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup of butter softened
  • 4-5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until well combined, add 4 cups of confectioners sugar and maple syrup and beat until smooth. Add remaining sugar if needed. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Store in the refrigerator.

Adapted from Amber’s Delectable Delights, originally from Taste of Home.

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