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Orange-Glazed Pecan Cake

For the cake:
1 C. (about 4 oz.) chopped pecans
1/2 C. canola or corn oil, plus additional for the pan
3/4 C. cake flour
1/3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. packed light brown sugar
2 T. granulated sugar
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 large egg
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 t. grated orange zest
1 t. vanilla extract
1/4 t. almond extract

For the glaze:
2 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 C. confectioners' sugar
2 T. freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 t. grated orange zest

For the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly oil a square or round 9-inch cake pan or pie plate with sides at least 2 inches high.

In a food processor or blender, process the pecans and oil until the pecans are finely ground. Set aside.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, combine the cake and all-purpose flours, brown and granulated sugars, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the pecan mixture, increase the speed to medium and beat just until crumbs form, about 1 minute. Add the egg and mix just until incorporated. Add the sour cream, orange zest and the vanilla and almond extracts and mix just until incorporated. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and, using a spatula, smooth the top.

Bake the cake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs.

For the glaze:
In a small bowl, combine the butter and the confectioners' sugar. The mixture should be crumbly. Add the orange juice and zest and mix until smooth and thick. Set aside.

Remove the cake from the oven and transfer the pan to a wire rack. Using a fork, poke rows of holes over the top of the cake, making about 25 holes in all. Pour the glaze over the cake and, using a knife or small spatula, spread it evenly over the top. Some of the glaze will collect at the edge of the pan. Set aside to cool thoroughly. The glaze should become firm as the cake cools.

8 servings


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