Chocolate Pecan Layer Cake

    Chocolate Pecan Layer Cake


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    About this recipe: This is a decadently delicious three-layer chocolate cake, which is studded with pecans and then iced with a chocolate cream cheese icing. If you prefer a smooth icing, simply leave out the additional chopped pecans, or you can sprinkle them over the top to finish.

    Makes: 1 (20cm) layer cake

    • 225g butter or margarine
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 5 eggs, separated
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 225ml buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 75g desiccated coconut
    • 120g chopped pecans
    • 225g cream cheese
    • Icing
    • 110g butter
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 500g icing sugar
    • 120g chopped pecans
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease and flour three 20cm round cake tins. Separate the eggs.
    2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla.
    3. Sift bicarb, flour and 4 tablespoons cocoa together. Add alternately with buttermilk to the creamed mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stir in the coconut and 120g of the chopped pecans.
    4. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into the cake mixture. Pour evenly into the prepared cake tins.
    5. Bake at 170 C / Gas 3 for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cakes cool completely before icing.
    6. To Make Icing: Cream the cream cheese and butter together. Sift in the icing sugar and cocoa, beating in a little at a time until well-creamed. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 120g pecans.
    7. To assemble the cake, place the first layer on a cake platter or stand. Ice the top, then cover with the second layer. Ice the top as before, then cover with the final layer. Ice the top of the cake, then the sides. Decorate with additional pecans and chocolate shavings, if desired.

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