Chocolate Cake with Pecan Icing

    Chocolate Cake with Pecan Icing

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    This is an old recipe for an absolutely delicious chocolate cake with pecan icing. You could substitutes walnuts if you prefer.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 18 

    • 250g butter
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 125g butter
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/3 cup (90ml) buttermilk
    • 4 cups (600g) icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 pinch salt

    Directions
    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 20x30cm pan. In a saucepan melt 1 cup of butter. Stir in 1 cup (250ml) water and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder. Remove from heat and set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl, dissolve the bicarb soda in 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the cooled cocoa mixture.
    3. In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the cocoa buttermilk mixture. Stir until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Ice the cake with Buttermilk Pecan Icing while it's still warm.
    4. For the icing: In a large saucepan melt 125g butter with 4 tablespoons cocoa. Stir in 1/3 cup buttermilk and heat until almost boiling. Stir in icing sugar, vanilla, salt and pecans. Remove from heat. Mix well and pour over warm cake.

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