1 hr 5 mins
This recipe comes from Gourmet Magazine, April 2007.
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- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces and softened, plus additional for buttering pans
- 2 3/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature 30 minutes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 3/4 cup pecans, toasted, cooled, and finely chopped (3 ounces)
- 1Make cake:.
- 2Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F
- 3Butter and flour cake pans, knocking out excess flour.
- 4Sift together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices into a large bowl.
- 5Beat together butter (1 1/2 sticks) and brown sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer (fitted with paddle attachment if using a stand mixer) at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
- 6Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla.
- 7Reduce speed to low, then add flour mixture and sour cream alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until batter is just smooth.
- 8Mix in pecans until just combined.
- 9Spoon batter evenly into pans, smoothing tops, then rap pans once or twice to expel any air bubbles.
- 10Bake until pale golden and a wooden pick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
- 11Cool 10 minutes in pans on racks.
- 12Run a thin knife around edge of pans, then invert racks over pans and reinvert cakes onto racks to cool completely.
- 13Make frosting:.
- 14Beat together cream cheese, butter, and zest in a bowl with clean beaters at medium-high speed until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
- 15Sift in confectioners sugar and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined, then add lemon juice and beat at medium-high speed until frosting is smooth.
- 16Assemble and frost cake:.
- 17Halve each cake layer horizontally with a long serrated knife using a gentle sawing motion.
- 18Put 1 layer, cut side up, on a cake stand or large plate and spread with about 3/4 cup frosting.
- 19Stack remaining cake layers, spreading about 3/4 cup frosting on each layer and ending with top cake layer cut side down.
- 20Spread top and side of cake with remaining frosting (about 3 1/2 cups) and coat side of cake with pecans (1 1/3 cups), gently pressing to help them adhere.
- 21****Cook time does not include toasting the pecans or allowing cake to cool before frosting.
- 22Cooks' notes:.
- 23• Cake layers (not split) can be kept, wrapped individually in plastic wrap and placed in large sealed plastic bags, chilled 1 day or frozen 1 week. If frozen, thaw in bags at room temperature, about 2 hours.
- 24• Frosting can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature, then stir until smooth before using.
- 25• Cake can be assembled and frosted 8 hours ahead, then kept, loosely covered with plastic wrap, at room temperature.
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Nutritional Facts for Pecan Spice Layer Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
Serving Size: 1 (296 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 1177.5
- Calories from Fat 692
- Total Fat 76.9 g
- Saturated Fat 38.9 g
- Cholesterol 226.6 mg
- Sodium 631.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 114.3 g
- Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
- Sugars 77.4 g
- Protein 13.6 g