Pumpkin Pecan Layer Cake

"This is a beautiful cake, as well as great tasting. A friend at work made this for a "Bake Off Contest" we had at work. This came in first place. I think it came out of a Land O' Lakes cookbook."
photo by Swirling F. photo by Swirling F.
photo by Swirling F.
photo by Swirling F. photo by Swirling F.
photo by Swirling F. photo by Swirling F.
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In large bowl, mix crushed wafers, chopped pecans and 3/4 cup butter.
  • Beat at medium speed until crumbly; about 2 minutes.
  • Divide mixture into 3 equal portions.
  • Press each portion into one of three greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  • Using the same bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin, 1/4 cup butter and eggs.
  • Beat at medium speed until well mixed.
  • Spread 1 3/4 cup batter over crumbs in each pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  • Cool for about 5 minutes; remove from pans onto cooling racks until cooled completely.
  • In bowl combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • On serving plate, layer 3 cakes (nut side down) with 1/2 cup filling spread between each layer.
  • Frost SIDES of cake only with remaining frosting.
  • Spread caramel topping over top of cake, drizzling some over the frosted sides.
  • Arrange pecan halves in rings on top of cake.
  • Store in refrigerator.

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  1. Adrak415
    One of the best cakes I've ever had!!!! Extremely most and the perfect amount of sweetness. Highly recommended!!!
  2. CoffeeB
    This truly is a fabulous pumpkin cake Kim. Really good, rich and filling. You certainly don't need a very big piece to get your sweet fix. I choose to omit the caramel syrup as a drizzle and it was still plenty sweet. A wonderful birthday cake for DS#3. Glad I tagged and thanks for posting this wonderful delight. Made for BevyTag!
  3. Mamas Kitchen Hope
    I totally forgot to review this! OMG this is incredible! I had this at NcM's house and I just could not stay away from it! This is divine, superb, scrumptious etc... Usually I find the icing overly sweet in spice cakes but not so here. This was so grand and delish! 100 stars Kim! swak!
  4. ncmysteryshopper
    FABULOUS in EVERY sense of the word! This is a very impressive cake. I served it after our holiday dinner and everyone LOVED it! I thought there was ample filling/frosting. Super easy and impressive! I used Butterscotch/Caramel topping! Thanks Kim!
  5. podapo
    I would SO love to give this more than 5 starts. Much easier then one would think and the end result is absolutely delicious. I was afraid it would be overwhelming or to rich, but I was happily suprised by the lightness. IF and that's a big if, I were to do anything different it would be to double the filling as to have more for decorating purposes. Congrats on your football pool win and Thank you so much for sharing a recipe that is going into my "over the top" cookbook.


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