Pecan Spice Cake with Maple Frosting

  • detailaddict Posted: 11/27/10
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    This cake had very good flavor and the family liked it in the end, but I agree that the amount of frosting was meager as seems typical for CL cakes. My layers did not rise much because I used spelt flour, so I decided to make two more layers for more height. I thought doubling the frosting would be sufficient, but I had to triple it to have enough to finish the top and sides. I also found that the first batch set too quickly, so I decreased the boiling time on the last batch to extend the spreadability. I would make this again, but I will always be wary of CL frosting amounts.

  • daneanp Posted: 11/21/10
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    This cake was a huge hit with my extended family. I made it two weeks ago and they are still raving about it. They said it tasted just like a maple bar. The cake part was perfectly moist. I added just a little maple extract to the frosting. The frosting was a little too stiff to spread completely but a few drops of warm water to thin it out as needed did the trick. I will definitely be making this again.

  • VestaJ Posted: 12/30/10
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    I agree that the frosting sets too quickly, but I just frosted the first layer and the top. Served to company and it was a hit. My husband is a "frosting guy", and he said there was plenty and delicious. I used substitutes for buttermilk and heavy cream.. I almost always use milk instead of cream. Worked out fine.

  • crusnock Posted: 12/28/10
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    Like the others that made this as a cake, I had a terrible time getting the glaze to cooperate. The recipe didn't call for enough, and it set so fast that the cake looked horrible. I ended up covering it with chopped pecans to hide the ugly appearance of the glaze. Taste was ok. If I were to make again, I would make as cupcakes.

  • abbyleigh912 Posted: 12/10/10
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    Tasted delicious, but harder to make than I thought. The cake part was easy enough but, like many others have said, the frosting was another story. First there was not enough...I doubled the recipe and had barely enough. It set almost immediately after mixing, so I kept having to add water by the teaspoonful to get it to the right consistency. The cake still ended up looking "crusty" because of how the frosting went on. Good thing it was just for my husband and me!

  • BethMu Posted: 10/21/10
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    I made this cake as cupcakes (made about 18 cupcakes, baked for 20 minutes) and it was delicious. Very moist, flavorful. The frosting set more quickly than I was expecting, but it was my first heated frosting. GREAT recipe!

  • amylovescooking Posted: 11/09/10
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    LOVED the frosting...tasted like the frosting on maple nut scones found in the world's larget coffee chain. I found the frosting set quickly and I could have used a bit more to cover the entire cake. I also thought the cake itself was a little too dry. Several guests went back for seconds, so it must have tasted good!

  • shirazgirl Posted: 11/28/10
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    Cake tasted good but was still dry even after brushing with maple simple syrup. The frosting started out easy then went down hill. I tripled the recipe and just had enough. I used only 75% of the powdered sugar and it was still too sweet. . The second I stopped beating the frosting it started to set and was nearly impossible to spread on the cake without it becoming grainy. I had to reheat frosting and piece meal it...leaving it looking like a play doh project. The sweetness of the frosting overshadowed the cake considerably. Good idea in theory, but unsuccessful nonetheless.

  • zzz123fff Posted: 11/08/10
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    Made into 18 cupcakes baked for 19 mins. Let the cakes cool before begin making frosting. Made the whole batch of frosting but used only half. Only used 1 1/2 cups of powder sugar and it was plenty sweet. Didn't add pecans to the batter. A delicious spice cake.

  • dmarie1 Posted: 11/25/10
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    Delicious! I needed to double the icing recipe and you need to work fast when icing!

  • Hooptwin Posted: 11/28/10
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    The frosting tastes amazing! Like other reviewers said, the frosting set quick! I was only able to frost the tops of each layer in time, but only got halfway around the sides. The cake tasted decent, but not wow.

  • MrWray Posted: 11/06/10
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    I followed the directions explicitly, but the frosting didn't work--came out very dry and crumbly. Possibly 3 minutes is too long to cook it. Suggest cooking to a certain temperature instead of time. Perhaps the quantities are wrong. There is no way to make the cake frosting look like the picture with the quantities given.

  • JustJessiB Posted: 11/05/10
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    I just finished this cake and my rating is based on the instructions. The batter was perfect, and the cakes came out deliciously, if not a little bit dry (next time I would brush some simple syrup before frosting to keep the layers from drying out). I prepared the icing while the cakes were coming out of the oven. It set before I iced the cake (even though it was still warm), and I was unable to spread it. I ended up rolling out like a fondant, which worked. But there was not enough frosting for the sides of the cake...at least not if you want it to turn out like the photo. This is also my first heated frosting, so it's possible I did something wrong. Next time I would make double the icing and wait until the cake has cooled completely before preparing the icing.

  • EasyBreezyCook Posted: 11/17/10
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    I made this cake last night and it turned out great! It is true that the frosting sets fast, but I just added a Tbs. or 2 of water to thin it out and I let it drip down the sides of the cake like a glaze. I topped it with pecans and it was done. Beautiful and tasty--warm it up and it is even better!

  • MShuham Posted: 11/21/11
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    After reading all the reviews of how difficult it is to frost this cake, I decided to make it as a 9x13 single layer cake. Since this was for an office Thanksgiving party, I chose to bake it in a disposable pan (bake time of 37 minutes was perfect!). The frosting did set quickly on me but i spread it out as best I could and then sprinkled the pecans to distract from the streaky frost job. The cake was a hit with colleagues and I plan to make it for my family's thanksgiving celebration this week!

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