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How to make it

  • Cook first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter melts and mixture is smooth; remove from heat. Cool.
  • Beat buttermilk, 2 eggs, baking soda, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; add butter mixture to buttermilk
  • mixture, beating until blended.
  • Combine sugar, flour, and salt; gradually add to buttermilk mixture, beating until blended. (Batter will be thin)
  • Coat 3 8in round cake pans with cooking spray; line with wax paper.
  • Pour batter evenly into pans; Bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 24 minutes or until set.
  • Cool pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool layers completely.
  • Ganache:
  • Melt chocolate morsels, whipping cream and butter in double boiler until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread about 1/2 cup ganache between cake layers; spread remainer on sides of cake.
  • Chill cake for 1/2 hour.
  • .
  • Praline Frosting:
  • DO NOT PREPARE THIS UNTIL READY TO FROST CAKE BECAUSE IT WILL HARDEN VERY QUICKLY
  • Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat; stirring often; boil for one minute.
  • Remove from heat, and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add toasted pecans, stirring gently 2 to 5 minutes or until frosting begins to cool and thicken slightly.
  • Pour immediately slowly over center of cake, spreading to edges, allowing some frosting to run over sides.
  • Can garnish with extra pecans if desired.

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  • conner909 6 years ago
    This looks very rich and delicious...I bookmarked it...btw love your avatar...such a cute baby!
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    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    Michellem is right a wow delicous cake one of those {Try it youll love it cakes} thanks
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    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    Fantastic cake great recipe thanks
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    " It was excellent "
    michellem ate it and said...
    Made it again! People make this cake!! It's the best around.
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  • richdaddycookies 6 years ago
    This sounds awesome! Can't wait to try it!
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    michellem ate it and said...
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    The hard work and the effort you did needed a better picture.Although it still gives you the warm impression of a delicious homemade rich cake.Thanks for posting.
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    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    What a great cake!!I think i will make it for my guests tomorrow.Any suggestion for buttermilk substitution?? I use sour cream.Is it ok??
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    michellem ate it and said...
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    michellem ate it and said...
    Zena,
    We just ate the cake and let me tell you it's one of the best cakes we have ever had. It was well worth the effort. I think the praline frosting drizzled over the top of the chocolate ganache puts this one at the top of all cakes..Lets just say this cake is simply perfect!! Thanks agian for the great recipe. M
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    michellem ate it and said...
    Hello I just made this for my husband to celebrate our 18 wedding ann. It looks so pretty..only thing I found is in the directions you do not have a place for the flour, sugar and salt..I added them right after #2. Just wanted to let you know. thanks..M
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  • krumkake 7 years ago
    Zen - this is over-the-top fantastic. What a great combo of flavors - can't wait to make this one! And I HOPE it's not your last cake post - I look forward to them so much, so keep them coming!!!!
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    michellem ate it and said...
    Thank you thank you..my husband will thank you too after he sinks his teeth in to this wonderful cake! I know it's a keeper!~M
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  • barmybaker 7 years ago
    This recipe has been saved. Oh My! I love praline and ganache....those with that cake will be fabu :D I'm looking for a cake to make for my birthday next week, and this one is in the running...
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  • canzi 7 years ago
    OMG! I bookmarked this. I can't wait to make it. Thank you!
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  • jgpgarrett 7 years ago
    Oh my goodness! Looks divine!
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