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Dark Chocolate Pecan Cake

 Dark Chocolate Pecan Cake
Made in two loaf pans, this doubly good chocolate cake has two nutty praline layers and two layers of fluffy whipped cream. "This is the only cake my husband really likes. He is more of a pie-lover," notes Laura Draper of Garfield, Washington.
2 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • BATTER:
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 6 tablespoons cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • Line a 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pan with parchment paper; coat
  • with cooking spray. In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in brown

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Dark Chocolate Pecan Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • sugar and cream. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Pour into prepared pan. Top with pecans. Cover and refrigerate.
  • In a small bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda,
  • baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with
  • water. Beat just until combined.
  • Pour over pecans. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a
  • toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely in pan.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add
  • confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Remove cake from pan; split into two horizontal layers. Place bottom
  • cake layer, nut side up, on a serving plate. Spread with half of the
  • topping. Top with remaining layer and topping. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cake equals 669 calories, 40 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 428 mg sodium, 73 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.