Made with Love: Chocolate Praline Layer Cake

Made with Love: Chocolate Praline Layer Cake

Moms and dads get sweet for each other

In the spirit of the upcoming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we recently caught up with local favorite chef and owner of Canterbury: A Cowgirl’s Deli, Stephanie Aas, to bring you two dessert recipes the whole family can enjoy. Parents, gather the children in the kitchen, and make it a family-baking event for your loved one’s special day. // by Angelia Schultz

CHOCOLATE PRALINE LAYER CAKE FOR DAD
That mom will love to make

Stephanie says that the cake is a bit more involved than the tart, because of the layers, but it’s appropriate for any aspiring baker. Also, there are steps that the kids are more than able to help out with, making it fun family time in the kitchen.

PECAN MIX
– 1/2 cup butter
– 1/4 cup cream
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
COMBINE all ingredients EXCEPT PECANS in a saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted. Stir occasionally. Pour mix into two 8″ or 9″ round cake pans. Sprinkle pecans over the mix

CAKE
– 1 box Devils Food cake mix, pudding included
– 1 1/4 cup water
-1/3 cup oil
– 3 eggs
COMBINE all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat at low speed until moistened. Beat at highest speed for 2 minutes. Carefully spoon batter into pans over the pecan mixture, splitting evenly. Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until cake springs back. Cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.

TOPPING
– 1 1/3 cup whipping cream
-1 cup powdered sugar
– 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
BEAT the whipping cream to stiff peaks. Add powdered sugar and vanilla.

ASSEMBLY
PLACE 1 cake layer on a serving plate, praline side up (the bottom of the cake layer). Spread on 1/2 of the topping. Top with second cake layer, praline side up again. Spread on other 1/2 of the topping. Sprinkle with additional pecans, if desired. Refrigerate. Serve. Enjoy. Happy Father’s Day!