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Thursday, September 1, 2011


A friend just moved into a new home, and had invited us for dinner. I offered to bring dessert, and thought of this special, easy-to-make and delicious cake.


2/3 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 12 ounce package semisweet chocolate mini-morsels
garnishes: whipped cream, cherries

Preheat oven to 350F
Stir together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl, using a fork. Sprinkle in a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan.
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with a stand mixer 3-5 minutes or until fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.
Beat in chocolate mini-morsels (mixture will be thick).
Spoon batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350F for 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes, remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely (about 1 hour)
Garnish with whipped cream and cherries if desired.

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