Friday, November 16, 2012

Susan's Easy and Fabulous Cake!

Last week, while at retreat...Susan (TX~Wildflower) brought a Bundt cake for us...and it was heavenly. (I ate three pieces....sssshhhhh). She was kind enough to let me have the recipe...and said that I can share it. Today, I baked it...and although I still think Susan is a better cook than did turn out wonderfully! I'll be repeating this next week for Thanksgiving too!
 The ingredients are simple...
Pecan Praline Cake
1 pkg butterpecan cake mix
1 container coconut pecan frosting
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil (veg or cannola)
1 cup water
1 cup pecans (chopped)
Place everything into a large bowl and mix for about 3 minutes. Pour batter into bundt cake pan, and bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes.

Here are photos of my creating the cake...for all you "non-bakers" out there...
 Preheat oven to 350. Spray bundt pan with nonstick spray, put a few of the chopped pecans in the bottom...and set aside.
  Crack the at a time into a bowl (to make sure you don't get any bits of shells), then pour all four of them into a large mixing bowl.
Add water and oil to the mixing bowl with the eggs. Mix on medium a few seconds.
Next, add the cake mix to the same bowl...and mix a couple of more seconds.
Lastly, spoon the icing into the same mixing bowl...and mix for a couple of minutes.
Here is the cake all mixed up. It even looks good just like this!
Pour the cake batter into the bundt pan...then place in the oven on the lowest or next to lowest rack...and set your timer for 55 minutes. 
 When the timer goes off...pull out the cake pan and test the cake to see if it is done by poking it with a toothpick or fork. If there is no batter on the toothpick...then it is done (see my toothpick). If there is batter clinging to the toothpick, then let the cake cook for another five minutes...and test the doneness again. For my oven, the 55 minutes was just enough baking time.
Remove the cake pan from the oven, and let it sit and rest for about 15 minutes (at least). You will see that the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. Then, wrap a hand-towel around the pan and give it a gentle shake...this will let you know if the cake will come out of the pan easily or is "stuck" somewhere. Mine was hanging on to the center tube...and I slid a butter knife down between the pan and the cake in the center area to loosen it some. Another little shake...and I could see the cake "jumping" up around the center and the sides.
Place a plate on top of the cake pan, and a dish towel folded you won't burn your fingers (or just wait until the cake is all the way cool....but, I have no patience). Turn the plate and pan over at the same time. Lift the cake plate off...and you have your finished cake (see top photo).
Here, I've cut it into to for me...and one for Mother...and a "test" slice for the cook! Ha!
Thanks Susan for such a great recipe!!!

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