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Pecan Layer Cake with Bourbon Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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Servings: Serves 12

Cook Time: 27 minutes

Prep Time: 40 minutes


vegetable cooking spray (Cake)
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting cake pans (Cake)
1 tsp. baking soda (Cake)
1/2 tsp. salt (Cake)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature (Cake)
1/2 cup sugar (Cake)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed (Cake)
4 eggs (Cake)
1 tsp. vanilla extract (Cake)
1 cup buttermilk (Cake)
1 cup finely chopped pecans (Cake)
3 oz. dark chocolate, chopped or 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (Frosting)
2 Tbsp. bourbon (Frosting)
1 tsp. vanilla extract (Frosting)
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened (Frosting)
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (Frosting)
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted (Frosting)
2 to 4 Tbsp. whole milk as needed (Frosting)
chopped pecans for garnish (optional) (Frosting)
dark or white chocolate shavings or chocolate chips for garnish (optional) (Frosting)


1. Prepare the cake. Position rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2 (8 or 9-inch) round cake pans. Dust the inside of each pan with a thin layer of flour. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together the 2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to beat butter with both sugars until mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
4. Add a third of the flour mixture, then 1/3 cup buttermilk. Mix until batter is well combined. Repeat alternating dry ingredients and buttermilk twice more. Stir in chopped pecans.
5. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 23 to 26 minutes. Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto racks to cool completely, about 1 hour.
6. Prepare the frosting. When cakes are cool, melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler, stirring until smooth; remove from heat. Alternatively, microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, and heat in 30-second increments until smooth and melted. Stir in bourbon and vanilla and cool 10 minutes.
7. While chocolate cools, add butter to a large bowl. Use an electric mixer on high speed to beat until butter is almost white, about 2 minutes. Add cocoa, beat until incorporated, then add 11/2 cups of the confectioners' sugar and 2 Tbsp. milk. Beat on low until blended, then add remaining sugar. Beat to combine.
8. Add melted chocolate mixture and mix on low to combine. Raise speed to high and beat until frosting is light, fluffy, and spreadable, about 1 minute. If needed, add additional milk, 1 Tbsp. at a time.
9. To frost, place one cake layer top side down on a serving plate. Spread frosting over the surface. Turn second layer bottom side down on top of first layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting, smoothing the surface. Decorate as desired with pecans or chocolate. The frosted cake can be stored, covered, at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, November - December 2014

Nutritional Information

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate Less Than 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Less Than 25g 30g
Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 12
Base Nutrients
Calories 520 kcal (26%)
Calories from Fat 234 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 26 g (40%)
Saturated Fat 12 g (60%)
Cholesterol 100 mg (33%)
Sodium 320 mg (13%)
Total Carbohydrates 68 g (22%)
Dietary Fiber 2 g (8%)
Protein 7 g (11%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a

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