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Chocolate Praline Layer Cake

Chocolate Praline Layer Cake

Created by a university professor of music, this easy-to-prepare cake is spectacular to serve and marvelous to eat! It's best if made a few hours ahead and refrigerated before serving.



  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) pkg. Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme™ Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs


  • 1 3/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 pecan halves, if desired
  • 16 chocolate curls, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In small heavy saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup whipping cream and brown sugar. Cook over low heat just until butter is melted, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour into two 9 or 8-inch round cake pans; sprinkle evenly with chopped pecans.
  4. In large bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil and eggs; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
  5. Carefully spoon batter over pecan mixture.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center.
  7. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pans.
  8. Cool for 1 hour or until completely cooled.
  9. In small bowl, beat 1 3/4 cups whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  10. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract; beat until stiff peaks form.
  11. To assemble cake, place 1 layer on serving plate, praline side up. Spread with half of whipped cream.
  12. Top with second layer, praline side up; spread top with remaining whipped cream.
  13. Garnish with whole pecans and chocolate curls.
  14. Store in refrigerator.

prep time 25 min | servings 16

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1/16 of Recipe Calories 460 Calories from Fat 270 Total Fat 30g Saturated Fat 13g Cholesterol 95mg Sodium 340mg Total Carbohydrate 43g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 32g Protein 4g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 10% Iron 10%

Exchanges: 1 Starch; 2 Fruit; 6 Fat

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Pillsbury