Pumpkin Pecan Cake

Posted by: Schmitty 09-16-99 3:35

Pumpkin Pecan Cake

2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 50)
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup butter or margarine

1 box spice cake mix
1 can (16 ounces) solid pack pumpkin
1/4 cup butter or margarine softened
4 eggs

2/3 cup butter or margarine softened
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease and flour three 9 round cake pans.

In a mixing bowl on medium speed, beat wafers, pecans and butter until crumbly about 1 minute. Press cake pans.

In another mixing bowl, beat cake mix, pumpkin, butter and eggs for 3 minutes. Spread over crust in each pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool completely.

For filling: Combine butter and cream cheese in a small mixer bowl. Add sugar and vanilla, beat on medium until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Thinly spread between layers (crumb side down) and on sides of cake. Spread caramel topping over top of cake, allowing some to drip down sides. Store in refrigerator.

Yield: 16 to 20 servings.

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