Post Christmas Pecan Cake

The holiday can easily be extended with this delicious concoction. I hope you enjoy this yummy pecan cake with rum frosting.

What You Need
3/4 cup unsalted butter ( at room temperature, plus a bit more to butter the pan)
1 1/4 cups pecans
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp dark rum
1/2 tsp baking soda
8 inch square baking pan
Food processor
Electric Mixer
Wire cooling rack

Before You Start : preheat oven to 350°  and butter sides and bottom of baking pan.

Lets Make It! In a food processor finely grind 1 cup of the pecans. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and pulse to combine; set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 stick of the butter with the brown and granulated sugars until light and fluffy, 5 to 6 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Gradually add the pecan mixture, mixing until well combined. Stir in the buttermilk and 1 tsp of the vanilla. Transfer the batter to the baking pan. Bake until golden brown (and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean) about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a rack to cool completely. In a bowl beat the remaining butter with the confectioners' sugar and cream using an electric mixer, beat until fluffy. Beat in the rum and the remaining vanilla. Spread on cake. Chop the remaining pecans and sprinkle on top.

Serves 8


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Donna said...

Katherine, this looks positively decadent!!! You are right, it will make a wonderful ending to a holiday meal...maybe will try it for NewYear's Day, thakyou!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Looks lovely, will certainly try it out, Thanks for sharing.


Kirsten said...

Looks great Katie! I hope you are having a fabulous holiday season and wish you a very Happy New Year ahead!

Mommy said...

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Heather said...

Looks delicious. I love baking with buttermilk...always the best!

Chatty Crone said...


Just stopping by to say hello, Merry Christmas, and thank you for your prayers.


Odie Langley said...

I love it and can't wait to try it, thanks.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

These sounds delicious, thank you.

A multi-dimensional life said...

I think I'll have to run out and get some buttermilk today and give this a try! It looks and sounds wonderful!

Mina said...

Oh, I think I will try this for the New Year's Eve gathering I am attending. Thank you.

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

YUMMY - looks so tempting!

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My attempt at The Julie/Julia project said...

perfect for christmas... will try to make this for new year :)

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Hi Katherine!

I hope your Christmas was as fun as it was beautiful!!!! :)

I'm finally enjoying some computer time again and I see that you are one of my newest followers...THANK YOU! You led me back here to your wonderful blog and I'm SO loving it :)

Wishing you a Happy New Year and I'm looking forward to visiting more with you in 2011!!!!

Sparklee said...

Ooooh! Got lots of pecans left over from other recipes, so I'll have to try this! Looks wonderful!