Thursday, December 18, 2008

My All-Time Favorite Holiday Cake Recipe

I stumbled upon this blog last night and they are sponsoring a contest to win a great cookbook! I needed to post a favorite recipe, so with the holidays in mind, I am posting my very favorite cake recipe!

Julie Bengtson
Bemidji, MN
Bake-Off® Contest 33, 1988

1/2cup butter or margarine
1/4cup whipping cream
1cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4cup coarsely chopped pecans
1(18.25-oz.) pkg. Pillsbury® Moist Supreme® Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 1/4cups water
1/3cup oil
1 3/4cups whipping cream
1/4cup powdered sugar
1/4teaspoon vanilla
16pecan halves, if desired
16chocolate curls, if desired

1.Heat oven to 325°F. In small heavy saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup whipping cream and brown sugar. Cook over low heat just until butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Pour into two 9 or 8-inch round cake pans; sprinkle evenly with chopped pecans.
2.In large bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil and eggs; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Carefully spoon batter over pecan mixture.
3.Bake at 325°F. for 35 to 45 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled.
4.In small bowl, beat 1 3/4 cups whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
5.To assemble cake, place 1 layer on serving plate, praline side up. Spread with half of whipped cream. Top with second layer, praline side up; spread top with remaining whipped cream. Garnish with whole pecans and chocolate curls. Store in refrigerator.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft) Add 1/3 cup flour to dry cake mix; increase water to 1 1/3 cups. Bake at 350°F. for 30 to 35 minutes. Immediately remove from pans.


Gini said...

Don't make me delete this post before Bill see's it.....

Kim said...

Looks delish...

Anonymous said...

wheres my cake??? can we have this for Christmas....I REALLY NEED THIS RIGHT looks just as yummy as LULU in the red pic!!!

Allison said...

You BETCHA!!!!