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Pecan Pumpkin Torte

 Pecan Pumpkin Torte
Times were lean when I was younger, so we would tend a big vegetable garden packed with tomatoes, beans, zucchini and pumpkin. I've been relying on the recipe for this pretty pumpkin cake for years.
12-16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • FROSTING:
  • 2/3 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons 2% milk
  • Pecan halves, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs. In a small
  • bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and
  • salt; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture until blended. Stir in
  • chopped pecans.
  • Pour into three greased 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for
  • 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire

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Pecan Pumpkin Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners'
  • sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla and enough milk to achieve a
  • spreading consistency. Place one cake layer on a serving platter;
  • spread with a third of the frosting. Repeat layers twice. Garnish
  • with pecan halves if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 528 calories, 27 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 328 mg sodium, 70 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.