This cake really is something special. It was a huge hit for my sister's birthday on Christmas day. I do want to say though that I had a bit of trouble with the candied pecans. For some reason, the sugar clumped up the first time I made it using a saucepan. I tried again using a cast iron skillet and had more success, but it still wasn't perfect. Nonetheless, the cake turned out to be quite spectacular looking and tasting. I will definitely make this again.
This cake was outrageous. The frosting is the stuff dreams are made of. You don't need to change a thing with this cake. The texture was like a carrot cake. I made it the week prior to Thanksgiving, froze the cake and iced when thawed. Guest couldn't stop talking about this cake.