Southern Praline Cake
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, soft
- 1 1/2 cups Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 1 cup Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour*
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups milk
Buttercream Pecan Frosting
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 6 cups Dixie Crystals Confectioners Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or milk
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups chopped pecans
- *Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Butter and flour three 9-inch round baking pans; set aside.
- Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and mix well.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add 1/4 of flour mixture to wet mixture and combine. Next, add 1/2 cup of milk and continue to stir. Repeat with flour and milk until everything is incorporated.
- Divide batter evenly into prepared pans and place in oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let stand for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Let cool on wire rack.
- For frosting: Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat until light and creamy. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar alternating with cream. Beat until creamy. Add vanilla and salt; mix well. Stir in pecans.
- Make sure both cake and frosting are cool before icing.
- Spread frosting in between each layer, and add a thin crumb coat around top and sides of stacked cake. Place in a refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. Completely cover cakes with remaining frosting, and if desired, decorate with chocolate curls. To make chocolate curls, place a chocolate bar in a warm room for 2 hours. Use a grater or vegetable peeler to make large chocolate curls.