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Southern Heaven Chocolate-Praline Cake

Prep time 16 mins
Cook time 35 mins
Yield Makes 16 servings
This rich cake topped with gooey marshmallows, fudgy frosting, and praline-coated pecans is heaven on earth.


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, divided
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa, divided
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups miniature marshmallows (1/2 [10 1/2-ounce] bag)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in pecans. Working rapidly, drop individual pecan halves onto wax paper; let stand until cooled and firm. Set aside 16 pecans for garnish; coarsely chop remaining pecans.

  2. Melt 1 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; stir in 1/2 cup cocoa until combined. Remove from heat; whisk in eggs and granulated sugar. Combine flour and salt; gradually stir into chocolate mixture. Stir in vanilla and chopped sugar-coated pecans. Pour batter into a greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven; immediately sprinkle marshmallows over hot cake.

  3. Beat 1/2 cup melted butter, remaining 1/2 cup cocoa, and milk with an electric mixer at medium speed. Add powdered sugar; beat at low speed until smooth. Spread immediately over marshmallows. Garnish with reserved sugared pecans. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack.

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