Friday, September 18, 2009

Cajun Spice Cake w/ Praline Icing

With the official start of Fall just days away, I decided to bake one of my favorite cakes to usher in this splendid season. This cake is sinfully delicious and it's only fair to warn you that it will be hard, if not impossible, to eat only one piece. I could barely control myself, while making the icing, and had to lick the spoon and the bowl, after adding it to this wonderfully moist cake. Ahh, the flavors of Fall, so rich and decadent! Cest bon, cher! Enjoy!

Cajun Spice Cake

 2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups brown sugar (1 sm. box)
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
1 8 oz. carton sour cream
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat the butter and cream cheese with electric mixer. Add sugar gradually and continue mixing until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, until just blended. Combine flour, and next 6 ingredients and mix well. Add to butter mixture, alternating with sour cream. Add vanilla and stir till blended. Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan. (I use Baker's Joy) Bake @ 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.

Praline Icing

1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, bring the first 3 ingredients to a boil. Boil for one minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and almond extract until smooth. Add pecans and continue to stir for about 3 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken. Pour onto cooled cake. Makes 1 1/2 cups. This is a divinely delicious icing and could be used on a variety of different cakes. Worth the calories, I promise you, cher!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


John said...

For me; one step too far. I'll stick to the seafood. Have a good weekend.

California Girl said...

I'm having a dinner party tonight and I WAS going to make my aunt's fabulous apple pie but now I'm leaning towards this. It's always dicey to make something new for company but this looks and sounds great. It also seems easier than doing the pie crust which is the only part that drags for me.

Mandy said...

Looks like a slice of heaven to me! Mmmmm, thanks!

Marguerite said...

John- It is a rather decadent dessert. Hope you have a great weekend, too!

Cal. Girl- This cake will knock their socks off! Let me know how it turns out, cher!

Mandy- So nice to see you. Make this cake when you get settled in your new place. Guaranteed to please the taste buds!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

As usual, I leave here drooling!!!! Oh, yum!!!!! Looks fabulous, cher!!Have a wonderful weekend!!! Love you! ~Janine XO

Field of View said...

hummmmmmmm.....i'm hungry...

Nancy said...

Wow, cake is my favorite dessert, and this looks like something I will make when I can serve it up, without leftovers :-)

David Nolan said...

I don't bake much but as soon as I read the recipe, I went to the store to get what I needed. The cake is in the oven right now. I can't wait!

Thanks for the recipe and I will be looking at the others posted here.

Laura said...

OK Miss-
How do yo have these things in the house and not gain weight?

I just can't say no...


Marguerite said...

Janine- It's my pleasure to make you drool, cher! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, too!

Field of View- Thanks for the compliment and for visiting!

Nancy- This is definitely a cake for company, and trust me, there will be no leftovers!

David- How sweet of you to rush out and get the ingredients to bake this cake. Thanks for visiting and welcome to Cajun Country!

Laura- Notice that the photo is only half the cake? That's because I immediately put the other half aside for my Dad, so I wouldn't be tempted to eat too much.

K. said...

One of my readers saw this and commented that she wanted to make the icing and spread it on everything!

CiCi said...

OMG, I showed this post to my hubby after he got back from his bike ride since he is trying to get exercise and lose weight. Hahahahaha. This looks SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good, I am going to make it.