Ok, guys. Going to need you to sit down for this one.
Today we’re chatting Pecan Praline Pumpkin Cake.
A couple of weekends ago I hopped on a plane and headed to New Jersey to hang out with the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen crew.
It was a truly “sweet” time and I can’t wait to share more about it, some behind the scenes of the facility, along with some crazy cool baking techniques from their head chef, but first I was dying to make something with my state swap gift.
Following our day baking with Duncan Hines, several of the ladies got together and swapped gifts representing each person’s state. It was really fun seeing what each person unwrapped, and what items they received. We played it White Elephant style where you selected a wrapped gift unknowing where the gift was from, or had the option to “steal” someone else’s gift.
Fan favorites were the fabric wrap from Hawaii, and the obscene amount of sprinkles and baking supplies from New York.
I unwrapped Emmalee’s gift that made the trip from Kansas. I was really happy it was edible and that no one snagged it from me.
As much as I wanted to make the pancakes first, I was smitten with the recipe for Pumpkin Cake on the back of the package.
I keep trying to wish Fall into Louisiana, but it’s still so darn hot here.
I thought if I made the Pumpkin Cake the sweet smell of pumpkin would motivate me to pull out the Fall decor.
With a few additions, this cake is seriously one of my top 5 concoctions.
I followed the Pumpkin Cake instructions on the back of the package. Even used the recommended cream cheese frosting.
But….rather than using a single 9×13 baking pan, I used 6″ round cake pans.
I doubled the frosting recipe and used it to fill and ice the cake.
And then as I was making pralines for another project…..
I did the unthinkable.
I topped my already delicious Pumpkin Cake with one giant Pecan Praline.
I surely did.
You may recall that I love topping things with pralines.
I won a bake-off contest when I topped them on my cookies: Pecan Praline King Cake Cookies
And then one time, I topped my brownies with pralines: Pecan Praline Triple Chocolate Brownies
The moist pumpkin cake combined with the sweet cream cheese frosting topped with the slight crunch of the pecan praline?
Pure, sweet, delicious Heaven.
I’m betting you’ll never look at pancake mix the same ever again.
- Pumpkin Cake
- 4 Eggs
- 1⅔ C. Sugar
- 1 C. Oil
- 1- 16 oz Can Pumpkin
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Nutmeg
- ½ tsp Ginger
- ⅔ C Chopped Nuts (optional- I left them out)
- 2 C. Kansas Seal Pancake Mix (you could substitute regular pancake mix for this!)
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 C. Confectioner's Sugar
- ½ C. Margarine
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 pkg 3 oz. Cream Cheese
- ½ C. Chopped Nuts (optional- I left them out)
- Pecan Praline ToppingIngredients
- Pecan Praline Topping:
- 1 C. Brown Sugar
- 1 C. White Sugar
- ½ C. Evaporated Milk
- 2 Tbsps butter
- 1 C. Semi-Chopped Pecans
- ¼ Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Beat eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin together. Stir in spices, nuts and pancake mix. Mix thoroughly and bake in dusted 9x13" cake pan, 35 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees. (I used 3 6" cake pans, and baked for roughly 25-28 minutes). Frost, when cooled, with the cream cheese frosting.
- For the cream cheese, combine and cream together until whipped.
- For the pralines:
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, white sugar and milk. Bring to a boil.
- Stir in butter, pecans and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly (if you have a candy thermometer, you want the temp to near 240 degrees). Remove from heat and let cool 2-5 minutes.Continue stirring until desired consistency is reached. Carefully top your cake with spoonfuls of praline mixture smoothing as you go.
Now, let’s talk about some winners shall we?
Cathy Richardson (entry 5) you’re the lucky recipient of the Macarons Cookbook & matching apron!
And Kristal Lee, you’re coming to Cooking School with me!
I’ll be emailing both you ladies soon!
That’s a whole bunch of exclamation marks because I’m feeling very Oprah-ish.
You get an apron! And you get an apron! Oh, and you get an apron!!
Ok, well maybe not.