Chocolate-Praline Pecan Cake

Top this velvety chocolate cake with a brown sugar and pecan mixture that's the frosting equivalent of classic praline candy. After you make the candy mixture, pour it quickly on top of the  two 9-inch square cakes.

Yield: Makes 2 (9-inch) cakes (about 9 servings each)
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • Chocolate Velvet Cake Batter
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted

Preparation

  1. Spoon batter evenly into 2 greased and floured aluminum foil-lined 9- x 9- x 2-inch square pans. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack.
  2. Bring brown sugar, whipping cream, and butter to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring often; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add pecans, stirring gently 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to cool and slightly thicken. Pour immediately over cakes in pans. Let cool completely. Cut cakes into squares.
Note:

This must be baked in two 9-inch square pans that are at least 2 inches deep.

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